"When we begin to value who children are (not just what we want them to be), a shift happens in the way we think about learning and teaching.

   "Our jobs become more engaging and fulfilling, and we begin to envision a larger purpose for our profession.”  

~ Deb Curtis

​​​​​Materials and Resources for Social-Emotional & Cognitive Skills Development





 "Never forget, children are our elders in      universe time. They have come into a more  complete, more evolved universe than you will  ever understand, except through their eyes."

~ Buckminster Fuller 

Kids’ Own Wisdom is an amazing program to use with our littlest students.  It is interactive and effective. A great tool to use during extended transition times.  Its multiple questions (that are unpredictable and genuinely relevant to the kids)  make it easier to interact with students than I would have thought, and students’ behavior is markedly improved after Kids’ Own Wisdom sessions - impressively so.

“A great tool that I use during 10 minute transition times, because the students actually love it!"

Jana Alperen
Special Education Teacher
Crested Butte Community School
Crested Butte, CO



 Kids’ Own Wisdom is designed

with a clear understanding of what engages young children's minds and hearts, even children with special needs in which socialization is such a challenge.  

“The wide-ranging topics covered in Kids Own Wisdom are relevant and completely age-appropriate, but never predictable, so children remain attentive and engaged.  The materials are visually appealing which adds another layer of effectiveness and ease-of-use for teachers or classroom assistants.  Highest recommendations for much needed resources in this crucial area of child development.

What you are doing is really valuable.  You definitely have my support!"

Margie Wagner, M.Ed.

Kids’ Own Wisdom is an excellent tool for empowering young children to think and problem solve in the social areas of their lives.  Relevant real life situations are introduced with simple, colorful illustrations, and teacher guided questions to encourage thought provoking conversation. 

“These conversations are the essence of the program, as the children discuss and problem solve situations involving acceptance, empathy, respect, kindness, cooperation, and politeness for themselves, others and their environment. 

“The program requires no training and can be used immediately after reading a few notes and suggested questions on the back of each lesson illustration.  I strongly support this program which is easy to use and empowers children to lead respectful lives."

Pem Winquist • Director/Teacher
The School House • Learning Center for Young Children • Founded in 1973
Eugene, Oregon

"This has been a very positive experience.

Instead of me explaining to my sons what's best, they explained everything to me - with the help of the incredibly useful conversation guidelines."


Homeschooling mother of 5-year old twins

 Each scenario created lively

responses from every one of my students.  They fully engaged in sharing their thoughts and opinions, and they surprised me with how interested they were in each others’ thoughts and opinions.

My assistant and I have noticed numerous instances of carryover influence. 

Can’t ask for more than that.”

Kim - After School provider

 Kids’ Own Wisdom is a great tool

 for encouraging critical thinking

about values for

Kindergarten and first graders.

“They love the pictures

and are eager to participate in the discussions generated by them.  

"Particularly helpful are the teacher friendliness of the materials and the discussion questions provided with them.

“I would recommend using

Kids’ Own Wisdom as part of a character education curriculum for young children.”

Alan Gold, Ph.D. - School Psychologist
Reed Union School District

Tiburon, CA

I thought Kids’ Own Wisdom

was great.  Both the children and I enjoyed them.  The real hook for the kids was the "what's on the other side."  They came up with great answers and suggestions as solutions to the problems, but could hardly wait until I opened the flaps to show a solution.

“As a teacher, I really appreciated having the questions on the back of the page.  You often had a different take or question that always elicited great conversation and made presenting the lesson a "no brainer," so to speak!   Having weekly circles makes a HUGE difference in the children's awareness and sensitivity to others.  I love being able to refer back to lessons/conversations we have had when problems pop up.”

Marcia, First Grade Teacher
Reed Elementary School
Tiburon, California


Kids' Own Wisdom is great.  The children in all of our preschool and kindergarten classes actively engaged during each of the sessions, which is a welcome change from the passive learning they sit through when being read to.

   “With the help of Kids' Own Wisdom, we see our students becoming more aware of each other's feelings, better listeners, and better able to more confidently express themselves with the whole class listening, all of which are important skills that must be exercised so that they achieve real school readiness.  

   “Thanks for a great teaching tool that is so simple to implement, yet so effective."

Susan Sanders, Director
Marin Enrichment Preschool
Greenbrae, California

Kids are natural born problem solvers.

They willingly (enthusiastically, even) resolve their own challenges.

They just need the right kinds of questions,  under the right circumstances

(peer group discussions) 

to 'spark' their natural-born problem solving skills.


KIDS' OWN WISDOM materials and resources are appropriate for use with 4-12 year olds in:

 After School  √ Elementary + middle schools   Special needs  √ Homeschooling   Cooperative Preschool