About the Authors

Nancy Weiss & Jane Raphael

MeCards4Kids® is the product of a three-year collaboration between Nancy Weiss, Jane Raphael and 60 children who spent one to three years in Jane’s multi-age classroom. MeCards4Kids® was developed out of SoulCollage®, a collage and journaling process for adults created by Seena Frost and detailed in her book, SoulCollage® Evolving. The children’s excitement about their MeCards and their ongoing participation in the process inspired Nancy and Jane to write How to Make MeCards4Kids®: Creative Expression for Children and the Grown-Ups in Their Lives.

Nancy Weiss’s years of skillful teaching and engaging her students and clients in soulful conversations inform the fundamentals of MeCards4Kids®. Jane Raphael’s mastery in working with young school children adds the perfect blend to create a process that grows each child, from the inside out. ~Natalie White, LMFT

Nancy-and-Charlie-blue-bg-300Nancy Weiss, LCSW is a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Los Angeles whose private practice focuses on the interface of spirit, psyche and the creative voice. She incorporates the expressive arts with children, families and adults. Nancy is a collage artist and poet and enjoys the cross-fertilization between poetry and collage. As a SoulCollage® Facilitator, she has led numerous workshops and trainings.

In collaboration with teacher, Jane Raphael, Nancy adapted the SoulCollage® process of collage and journaling to develop MeCards4Kids®. In her monthly MeCards sessions in Jane’s classroom, Nancy experienced the great pleasure of guiding children in the expression of their inner depth and wisdom. She considers How to Make MeCards4Kids® a love letter—both to the children who participated in the development of the MeCards process, and to children everywhere. Her greatest hope is that this book will enrich the lives of children and their families and bring them great joy.

To learn more about Nancy, visit her professional website: https://nancyweisslcsw.com

 

Jane & LeviJane Raphael is a thirty-year veteran teacher and Child Development Specialist in Los Angeles. In the classroom, she is committed to each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Ms. Raphael was awarded the Los Angeles Reading Association Outstanding Language Arts Teacher and is a certified trainer and a curriculum developer for the Council in Schools program.

Jane regularly has her class sitting in circles, working in partnerships, and using art to express their knowledge. Their formal monthly MeCard lessons, and their informal work making MeCards during their daily “Choices” time, supported students in the process of getting to know themselves, and sharing those selves with others. Jane sees the creation and sharing of MeCards as a way for students to find their voice and grow in their capacity to take in another point of view.

Testimonials

Jack, 2nd grade

Making MeCards is a great time to think to yourself, to think about what you really love. It’s also really…
2014-05-07T07:24:22+00:00
Making MeCards is a great time to think to yourself, to think about what you really love. It’s also really fun.

Langdon, 3rd grade

You don’t have to be a good artist to make an awesome MeCard. You just have to have feelings and…
2014-05-07T07:24:36+00:00
You don’t have to be a good artist to make an awesome MeCard. You just have to have feelings and imagination!

Nicholas, 1st grade

You can be whatever you want and just say what you want and you can feel what you want.
2014-05-07T07:24:51+00:00
You can be whatever you want and just say what you want and you can feel what you want.

Michael Steele

How to Make MeCards4Kids™ is presented in a beautiful and engaging format that gives children the utmost respect.
2014-05-07T07:18:13+00:00
How to Make MeCards4Kids™ is presented in a beautiful and engaging format that gives children the utmost respect.

Nicholas, 1st grade

It’s really, really fun!
2014-05-07T07:25:15+00:00
It’s really, really fun!

Larry Starr-Karlin, LMFT

MeCards4Kids™ is a fun tool that raises the capacity for empathy by encouraging children to put themselves in the place…
2014-05-07T07:18:50+00:00
MeCards4Kids™ is a fun tool that raises the capacity for empathy by encouraging children to put themselves in the place of others and speak for them.

Nicholas, Kindergarten

MeCards help you because they can bring you wisdom.
2014-05-07T07:25:31+00:00
MeCards help you because they can bring you wisdom.

Barbara Bottner

MeCards4Kids™ invites an artistic language both in words and pictures that help kids to understand themselves.
2014-05-07T07:19:18+00:00
MeCards4Kids™ invites an artistic language both in words and pictures that help kids to understand themselves.

Charlie, 3rd grade

I feel powerful when I make MC’s because I can just be, and I can dream what I can be.
2014-05-07T07:25:52+00:00
I feel powerful when I make MC’s because I can just be, and I can dream what I can be.

Karyl Sisson

With this book, children discover their natural, creative talents and parents (or teachers) have the opportunity to share in this…
2014-05-07T07:19:32+00:00
With this book, children discover their natural, creative talents and parents (or teachers) have the opportunity to share in this wondrous experience.

Charlie, 3rd grade

The key of making a MeCard is to have imagination.
2014-05-07T07:26:11+00:00
The key of making a MeCard is to have imagination.

Dorothy Clark, PhD

MeCards4Kids™ integrates feelings, analytic thinking, and creative insight, opening the door to a whole new, exciting way to teach and…
2014-05-07T07:19:50+00:00
MeCards4Kids™ integrates feelings, analytic thinking, and creative insight, opening the door to a whole new, exciting way to teach and engage our kids.

Charlie, 2nd grade

The best MC’s always come from your heart. Charlie, 2nd grade
2014-05-07T07:26:33+00:00
The best MC’s always come from your heart. Charlie, 2nd grade

MeCards4Kids™ addresses the Whole Child in a fun and engaging manner, with its focus on social, emotional and intellectual development,…
2014-05-07T07:20:30+00:00
MeCards4Kids™ addresses the Whole Child in a fun and engaging manner, with its focus on social, emotional and intellectual development, and its capacity to draw children into their internal selves.

Stella, 2nd grade

I can really share about my heart.
2014-05-07T07:26:47+00:00
I can really share about my heart.

Betsy Caprio Hedberg

In this inspiring book, the authors gather the artistic and poetic wisdom of young children’s simple, yet profound, MeCards4Kids™.
2014-05-07T07:20:48+00:00
In this inspiring book, the authors gather the artistic and poetic wisdom of young children’s simple, yet profound, MeCards4Kids™.

Stella, 1st Grade

My MeCards are the many sides and pieces of me!
2014-05-07T07:27:01+00:00
My MeCards are the many sides and pieces of me!

Seena Frost, Author of SoulCollage® Evolving

MeCards4Kids™ is a great exercise for developing imagination and intuition early in life.
2014-05-07T07:21:43+00:00
MeCards4Kids™ is a great exercise for developing imagination and intuition early in life.

Dorothy G. Clark, PhD, Prof. of English

Children develop literacy and artistic skills as they produce pictures, poems, and stories.
2014-05-07T07:22:00+00:00
Children develop literacy and artistic skills as they produce pictures, poems, and stories.

Natalie White, LMFT

Children speak the truth of what lies deep within their young psyches. This book captures a snapshot of the soul…
2014-05-07T07:22:14+00:00
Children speak the truth of what lies deep within their young psyches. This book captures a snapshot of the soul of a small person.

Kat Kirby, ATR

MeCards4Kids ™ gives children the opportunity to express feelings and gain a stronger sense of self. How exciting to invite…
2014-05-07T07:22:32+00:00
MeCards4Kids ™ gives children the opportunity to express feelings and gain a stronger sense of self. How exciting to invite children to allow their intuition and imagination to lead the way for this creative exploration!

Roberta Rook, LCPC

An indispensable resource to help children and their families use creativity to move through life’s seasons and changes.
2014-05-07T07:22:46+00:00
An indispensable resource to help children and their families use creativity to move through life’s seasons and changes.

Jasmine, 1st grade

Making MeCards makes me feel good because it makes my heart open and that makes me happy to be me!
2014-05-07T07:24:08+00:00
Making MeCards makes me feel good because it makes my heart open and that makes me happy to be me!

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