The intent of my manual is to empower therapists to allow children to begin to create an academic identity as a means to allow them to communicate their inner selves to the outside world. Interestingly, there is a current movement in the U.S. educational world that has begun to combine the worlds of listening, speaking, and reading. This current movement now holds the powers of listening, speaking, and reading as all equal despite their often overlooked relationship. This movement has grown into what is now known as the Common Core Standards specifically those for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Studies. Within this movement, there is the total objective to prepare all children for a post-secondary education that has both altruistic and pragmatic intentions since the nature of our world is ever changing into a more automated and challenging society that will have greater academic demands upon its workers.
Interestingly the person assigned the responsibility of molding a child to succeed in this society must have in mind, the need to start as early as possible to ensure that the child in question will become the student who will break out of the diminishing factories and the assembly lines. Therefore the Common Core Standards movement is a venue to pursue the present need to incorporate society’s new challenges and enhance the quality of life of a child. All parents with children in school might assume there is a difference between listening, speaking, and reading as separate parts of learning when in fact they are essentially connected. One way of doing so is outlined within my book that uses folktales and Common Core Standards level vocabulary to create a child who will become a better thinker, a better listener, a better speaker, a better questioner with an eye for detail that will be shaped and polished in order to see pass the veil between the real and the imaginary.