Give Your Child The Gift of Cape Ability
Do your find yourself:
Unsure how to help your child with their learning
Frustrated by your child’s reaction to every day problems
Wanting to help your child with certain behaviours
Cape Ability gives you the tools to equip your child with skills that will help them learn more effectively and make better choices.
The Cape Ability Approach
At the heart of the Cape Ability Approach are eight core capabilities that support a child’s inherent ability to learn. Teaching capabilities such as focus, resilience, determination and courage at school, and at home can transform a child from disengaged and frustrated, to excited and eager to learn.
How to Use Cape Ability at Home
Read the Stories to Your Child
The first step in your child’s capability journey is familiarising the child with the Cape Ability stories. This can be done as part of the bedtime routine or whenever you would normally read to your child. The beautiful illustrations and captivating stories should ensure that your child quickly get to know the characters and it will feel to them like any other children’s story.
Identify the Key Learning Attitudes
Each story teaches a different capability, with its own specific attitudes. These are highlighted in each story and give you and your child a shared ‘language’ with which to talk about the particular Cape Ability. For instance, in the story of Cooper Crab children can develop the capability of concentration. They hear about how Cooper learns to concentrate by developing one different concentration skill at a time, such as managing his distractions, making a plan and tackling one task at a time.
Reinforce the Skills
Once you and your child are familiar with these attitudes, you can keep referring to them and different parts of the story when you need your child to concentrate on for example, getting ready for school or completing their homework. Reminding the child of the attitude will help them understand what they need to do to help themselves through their particular predicament. Eventually you’ll find your child starting to use the attitudes automatically in their everyday lives.
Embed the Learning
We have future plans for a Cape Ability Home Membership to take the learning one step further. Once launched, you’ll receive the Cape Ability books through the post, along with lots of helpful resources to help you implement the approach at home. Each month’s activities are specific to a capability and help you embed that skill with your child. One month they might be planning their own rock pool party while the next it could be a cooking challenge. We also give you access to the electronic versions of the stories so that you can access them while you’re out and about with your kids.
Watch Your Lifelong Learner Grow
If children develop this set of capabilities, they can learn well in any situation, at home and at school. They learn never to give up, to be curious about every subject, to focus—even when there are distractions and to ‘have a go’ even if they might make a mistake. They learn to believe in themselves and their own creativity, to listen well so that they always have the best chance of learning. They learn to work with others and value their opinions. They become reflective learners who can think about their own progress and recognise where they need to improve.
By embracing this approach you are giving your child the invaluable gift of becoming a lifelong learner.
Explore the Cape
Your child will follow the characters as they each go through their own struggles and develop new capabilities. By reading the stories and reinforcing the behaviours, you will transform your child’s feelings about learning and can even improve behaviour too.
Where Cape Ability is embedded in the classroom, this further develops the skills and leads to eager, motivated and focused learners.
Our stories, characters and resources bring these capabilities to life. They provide a common language between child, teacher and parent to promote the ideal climate for learning. They might even change the way you learn too!
Cape Ability in the Classroom
When used at school, the Cape Ability approach helps children develop the confidence, focus and determination to learn and ask questions. The child becomes engaged in their activity and does not fear ‘having a go’ at a problem. Once the children are familiar with each Cape Ability story, it becomes easy for the teacher to refer to the character’s behaviour and attributes throughout their normal lessons. It’s amazing what difference it makes to simply ask a child to “concentrate like Cooper Crab”.
Cape Ability enables parents and educators to complement each other in guiding children to become independent, competent individuals.