Jump Up is a student-led experience for children aged 6 to 96.
The purpose of the program is to empower children as participants in bringing about a thriving, sustainable and socially just human presence on earth.
The Jump Up program provides a comprehensive and engaging toolkit of materials for change agents who work with children. We take into account critical international research about children’s psychological development that shows that it can be harmful to introduce concepts of ‘Where are we and How did we get here?” for children under the age of 12 years without first:
- Empowering children’s innate capacity to experience their interconnection with the world.
- Sowing seeds of understanding that they are part of an ever changing human story of evolution, cultural customs and worldviews (as a pre-curser to How did we get here?)
The materials are highly flexible, they can be used at home, in class settings or as components of one off workshops at camps or gatherings. Individually they provide enrichment to topics such as deep ecology. Collectively, they provide key learning outcomes in all major primary curriculum areas. The most powerful results have been achieved when children use the program materials as part of an ongoing student lead inquiry project.
We invite you to engage your imagination for their application within your particular setting and to adapt the materials for your needs. Please let us know how you use them and share your stories with us… we would love to include them on our face book page.
Program materials include:
- Student workbook, this is a self-directed workbook with 8 highly engaging coloring pages and a heap of inspiring student lead project ideas (great for home use and to accompany school projects)
- Evolution of Earth Activity (a must for experiential workshops designed to enliven ecological connection – this activity blows everyone’s mind, regardless of their age! )
- Journey Map (an engaging and culturally inclusive enrichment activity for use in a classroom setting)
- Facilitators Manual V3 (a must for teachers, parents and ATD facilitators who are working with children in a class room or workshop setting, this manual contains a wealth of information, links and inspiring age appropriate activities)
The Jump Up Program materials are registered on the Creative Commons and are available for free download here.
Tax deductible Donations for the use of these materials are invited at your discretion via Give Now; all proceeds will contribute to implementing the programs of Be The Change Australia.
Program efficacy, action research and pilot testing
A team of over 20 professional educators; including principals, teachers, Australian Indigenous elders and parents have developed the Jump Up program materials and resources, through a rigorous three year action research and action learning development phase in three countries. The Program and its materials have been trialed in 5 demographically diverse primary schools, in numerous homes, as a specialist program in an after school setting and as workshop elements at festivals, gatherings and professional development conferences.
Jump Up Program at a glance
There are 8 topics in the Jump Up program.
The first four topics (Who and I? Who are we? What do we really need? What is our human story?) are an extension to and precursor of the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium experience. Designed for children, they are equally empowering for adults of all ages.
The remaining four topics follow the format of the Awakening the Dreamer and Generation Waking Up experiences (Where are we? How did we get here?, What’s emerging?, Getting into Action) however the content of these topics have been substantially adapted for children.
Four pages of text in the student workbook accompany each topic, with links to online enrichment activities and with reference to relevant video elements of the ATD symposium.
Important note for parents, teachers and facilitators
We recommend ONLY discussing concepts of crisis (Where are we?) from your children’s lived experience and observation (the elephants in the room from a child’s perspective), before introducing or discussing broader scientific topics of crisis.
For example: If the child does not already know about climate change, or consider its importance, it is NOT our adult priority to introduce this topic… it is our responsibility to respond to their existing knowledge and to accompany them on a learning journey to broaden that knowledge. For instance, they may know and be concerned about littering and waste, so by encouraging a student directed inquiry about littering and pollution, we may encourage them to broaden their thinking to include the impact of pollution on our climate and research other ways we are polluting our environment such as through carbon monoxide pollution from cars which results in climate change impacts… however, once we lead them to a new topic, it is and remains their choice to pursue the topic further. It is our reasonability to sow seeds, they will water them when they are psychologically ready to do so.
Child-centred learning invites us to consider asking powerful questions, as opposed to providing concerning ideas. How can you create inviting, empowering and engaging questions for the children in your life?
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