Granny Mo has lots of help and support from her series consultants
Michelle Hawkins-Collins is a mum of two young daughters. She is also a Gerontologist specialising in aging well right across the generations. Caroline Saunders has forty years experience as a pre-school teacher and forest school teacher. Charlotte Adcock is the manager of Westview & Shambles Day Nurseries in Bradford on Avon.
How can Granny Mo help?
Most books on death and dying for this age group do not give a direct answer to specific questions that often play on a little person’s mind. These books also tend to use animals rather than realistic scenarios about people. While these books certainly have their place, Granny Mo steps right up beside the grieving child to listen to them and give them support.
There are also very limited resources to help this age group to make sense of what’s happening in their world.
Furthermore, Granny Mo books tie into the Personal, Social and Health (PSGE) curriculum in the following areas:
- Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) strand of PSHE: H20. Pupils learn about change and loss (including death); to identify feelings associated with this; to recognise what helps people to feel better.
- H26 Pupils learn about growing and changing from young to old and how people’s needs change.
This is why Granny Mo books are a precious resource for any nursery and pre-school library.
Other ways Granny Mo can help…
Each Granny Mo story ends with a ‘Let’s Explore’ page which encourages children to ask more questions in their own time if they want to. This draws on the inspiring and moving national initiative of bringing together young lives with older generations to share wisdom and insight with each other.
Granny Mo also provides support for adults. Each book begins with the following guidance:
- These are big issues for a young child to understand. Take it at their pace, and answer questions as they arise as honestly as you can.
- Don’t expect to read the book in one sitting.
- If they lose interest, put the book aside for a while.
- Check to see how the child is feeling as they go through the book.
- Sometimes a child may not ask questions for a long time, but they may be thinking about things.
- Support them in knowing it’s okay to feel sad when talking about death and dying.
- Reading this book may also bring up feelings for you as the reader, so take good care of yourself.
- It’s okay if you feel too uncomfortable to read this book with a young child. But see if you can find someone who is willing to do so.
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