Every story of mastery involves many of the Umbrella Skills. Mastering anything is difficult and always taps into our coping skills.
At the Umbrella Project, we are so fortunate to be able to work with Great Big Story, sharing their amazing videos in the classroom to learn about the Umbrella Skills in action.
Click here to watch this amazing Great Big Story video to review with your child.
Watching stories of mastery with your children and identifying the skills they use is like an instruction manual for how to live with the same bravery. Can you identify the coping skills in this story? What other Great Big Stories do you love? Read our full blog to review and reflect on all the Umbrella Skills.
The best way to learn about mastery is to experience it. Mastering skills is one of the greatest human experiences and fills us with a sense of confidence that we are strong and capable. The more of these experiences we have, the more we develop self-efficacy and the confidence to take on new challenges.
To help your child have more mastery experiences, start by creating a home environment rich with new experiences to explore. Games, toys and puzzles with increasing levels of steps and complexity and a freedom to explore are great options to have around the house. Lego and crafts are great examples of this type of a toy. Steer away from toys that are designed only for distraction. Parents who arrange for their children to experience various forms of mastery are more apt to develop efficacious youngsters who are confident to stretch their wings.
Welcome to June and Mastery month and the Umbrella Project!
Mastery is our ability to work towards excelling at something – our craft, our relationships, our jobs and many others. The early stages of mastery require many of our Umbrella Skills to push through the boredom, fear, impatience and other difficult emotions of the learning journey. Over time, we build strength and confidence and can accomplish great things.
We can’t wait to share the wisdom of some great masters with you this month that will help you support your children in their own journeys to master their lives.
“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe