New Educational Series
The Little Flower story is a Cultural Art Narrative that takes place during the 1960s Civil Rights Era in North Carolina. The new three part educational series shares art-inspired instruction for upper elementary and middle grade students (5th Grade, Differentiated Grades 3 Through 7).
The series is designed to be a one-stop resource providing comprehensive instructional activities, materials, assessments, and rubrics, to educators and organizations looking to improve student literacy with: Rigor, Relevance, Relationship, and Reflection.
The series is comprised of the following three units:
Series Objectives are designed in accordance with the following English Language Development Standards:
“The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club” book, details the experiences of a ten, eleven, and twelve, year-old artist and human rights advocate named Flori Alicia Bell, who prefers to be called Little Flower. This book is an expanded, combined reprint of all three previously published Little Flower Novelettes (2015). The Different Deserves Special Club book is embedded with digital and interactive art media accessible via QR Codes.
The Little Flower Protagonist
After receiving a book titled, “The Language of Flowers” illustrated by Kate Greenaway, from her mother, Little Flower began painting flowers and comparing their meanings to the characteristics of people and events in her life.
Little Flower is growing up in the segregated south amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Era. Although her parents are very active in the Movement, initially, they do not explain Civil Rights to Little Flower in a way that she can understand. As a result, Little Flower’s interpretation of the phrase, “fighting for Civil Right,” is all wrong, as is her response to a conflict at school. The following days of punishment give her time to figure out a better way to handle things. As Little Flower navigates the maze of life, she recognizes inequality and leads the fight for change while dealing with ordinary, and not so ordinary, struggles faced by pre-teens. Rising to the call of her new found knowledge, Little Flower forms “The Different Deserves Special Club.”
The Little Flower Literacy Project emphasizes many attributes including literacy, historical awareness, character development, and personal identity. The project provides a myriad of benefits and its content is applicable in multiple areas, thus offering the flexibility for use in any number of contexts including diversity and equity. These are prevalent themes in American educational institutions and other organizations that focus on youth development.
If you answered yes to either of the questions above, then Little Flower may be an awesome resource for you and/or your organization. Little Flower combines, literacy, role-play scenarios, and fun, with historical and current events to teach children, youth and adults to embrace diversity in a values-neutral setting. Little Flower is able to relate to all age groups and help them bloom because all of us either have children, childhood memories or are currently experiencing childhood, which makes for a great storyline. Because of Little Flower’s versatility, she is able to customize objective based Diversity and Inclusion trainings to meet the needs of the individual or organization.
Little Flower® products are ideal for individuals, groups, organizations and professionals seeking to motivate, encourage and develop creativity in children, including:
Any attempt to explain the relevance of Little Flower® must start with the purpose for which the brand was created. Unfortunately, despite a decade of targeted prevention programs, bullying, discrimination, and prejudice, remain a destructive epidemic in the lives of our children.
Unchallenged, bullying, racism, discrimination and other bad habits become impossibly complex, with no rewind button, leaving permanent emotional scars and, too frequently, costing children their innocence or even their lives.
The kids pictured here got Little Flower’s favorite soda, Orange Crush, after reading about it in her story.
Little Flower has primarily identified target audiences, as: upper elementary, middle grade (5th Grade, Differentiated 3 Through 7) and adult consumers with purchasing power, each with distinct characteristics. Efforts have been tailored to address communication styles of each audience. Youth were identified as a target audience due to their ability to engage and relate with the content.
The second audience is identified as youth caretakers. They are adults and institutions (schools) with purchasing power. These individuals have some vested interest in the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of youth and teens. As a result, they are looking to cultivate the total wellbeing of youth through educational materials. Members of this group are looking for overarching benefit of not only literacy, but character and socio-emotional development. This group also finds benefit in the high interest and engagement of products but also is most apt to conduct research for comparison value and return on investment.