Leah Davies is an author, child advocate and educational consultant living in Bend, Oregon. Over the past forty-four years, she has been a teacher, counselor, consultant, director of prevention services for a mental health agency, and instructor of college students.
Ms. Davies is author of the character-building Kelly Bear books, videos, CD-ROMS, songs, and violence/drug use prevention curriculum for children ages three to nine. The materials enhance communication and bonding between adults and children. These valuable tools help children understand themselves and others, develop social competence, become motivated and responsible, learn decision-making skills, and make healthy living choices.
Over 250,000 Kelly Bear books are used in schools, agencies, and homes worldwide. The Kelly Bear video on "Secret Touching" won first place in the 1999 National Council on Family Relations Annual Media Awards in the Family Violence/Abuse category. The seven-part "Kelly Bear Life Skills Education Video Series" won the KidsScore rating of "Green Light/Go" from the National Institute on Media and the Family.
Besides the Kelly Bear materials, Leah has written articles that have appeared in The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference and others.
The following quotes may be used in a variety of ways by both teachers and counselors. One idea is for a thought to be posted, read, and discussed at the beginning of each week. It could then be read daily with the students. At the end of the week ask them what they learned or how the thought applied to their lives or activities during the week. Have the children give written or oral examples, or have them draw a picture to illustrate their ideas.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Ghandi
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt
Children may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.