Felicia Tilborg's Practicum

A guide to succesful child growth and development in Suriname and Caribbean. The philosophical principles used for holistic and integral coaching. Due to an insufficient amount of statistics and standards to guide a child through it's growth and development process in Suriname, the passion to work with minors ought to be essential to perform duties with children in the preliminary stages of life. To better assist the Suriname and Caribbean community, useful that tools are provided which are easy to read, comprehend and execute. The practices in Felicia Tilborg's Practicum are therefore structured in a 1-2-3 theory to implement as a lifestyle instead of a studyguide. The following 3 challenges were observed in Suriname and surrounding (The Caribbean) according to Felicia Tilborg:

  • The group of youngsters with an extraordinary ability, lack adequate educational programs nor fundings focussed on this particular group. 
  • A methode was essential to set in place, which could benefit the advanced and underpriveleged learners.
  • Providing extra curricular activities enhances the ability of the advanced learners and offers underprivalledged individuals the support in order for both to become valuable assets to our community.

Entertain & Educate

The entertainment character Miss ILY, was derived by Felicia Tilborg in 2013, had it's core value to combine entertainment with education and fullfill the edutainment spectacle 1-2-3 Eyes on Miss ILY. Its mission was that all teachings should be formulated in a 3 step theory. In 2016 during her study Theology at the Evangelische Broeder Gemeente Suriname (Moravian Congregation), her interest increased in missiology. As guideline she used the practical theology principles articulated by Richard Osmer:

  1. What is going on? (the descriptive-empirical task)
  2. Why is this going on? (the interpretative task)
  3. What ought to be going on? (the normative task)
  4. How might we respond? (the pragmatic task)

Felicia Tilborg re-evaluated and summarized these principles, and excepted the 2nd when fulfilling her purpose as Urban Missionary. 

The power of educating doesn't root in the overload of lessons, but in the constructive way of teaching. ~ Felicia E.L. Tilborg

1-2-3 Theory Practice

Implementation of the 1-2-3 theory is a structured practice, which acquires persistance, discipline and patience. The table below helps to comprehend and implement the theory with quality enhancement for each child's growth and development process.

 Support to self

  1. Act with Wisdom 
  2. Appreciate your Mastermind
  3. Implement the physical manifestation thereof 

 Support to others

  1. Love & care
  2. Believe in their potential
  3. Cherish every moment & embrace each accomplishment 

Comprehending and executing the 1-2-3 theory for child's growth and development according to Felicia Tilborg's Practicum with examples:


1-2-3 theory implemented

Assure your child that you believe in its potential, and create an environment in which everyone happily shares that same objective.

Comprehending and executing the 1-2-3 theory for child's growth and development according to Felicia Tilborg's Practicum with examples:

Support to self

1. Act with Wisdom

  • Be thankful for each step and progression that leads you towards achievement of the goal (even if you don't see instant results)

2. Appreciate your Mastermind

  • Daily focus on 1 particular task you'd like for your child to accomplish, and seek supportive environment.

3. The physical manifestation thereof

  • Execute in small portions daily, and maintain the persistance of the task.

Support to others

1. Love & care

  • Build up a relationship in which appropriate hugging, kissing, trust and care is offered.

2. Believe in their potential

  • In addition, create an environment in which everyone happily shares same objective. 

3. Cherish every moment & embrace each accomplishment

  • Use open ending questions conversations and show mutual respect. Children are more responsive to learn any given task if you show interest in their way of thinking. Avoid questions such as: "What do you want to become when you grow up?" ask instead: "What do you want to become and why?" Find supportive tools to achieve that goal in the present moment. If the child changes it's thoughts, ask the same question and work towards that goal. 

Parenting is the meal to a child, make sure it has an adequate amount of nutrition for each child to grow and prosper. ~Felicia E.L Tilborg


Felicia Tilborg's Practicum|- 1-2-3 theory
1. Love & care
2. Believe in their potential
3. Cherish each moment & embrace each accomplishment

Felicia Tilborg's Practicum underlines that disturbance and imballancement in these 3 element, may result into interruption in the emotions of each individual. The e-motion (energy in motion) may reflect negative impulses, which eventually decrease each one's potential to achieve self-actualization as described in the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Abraham Harold Maslow

Abraham Harold Maslow, an American psychologist who was best known for creating a theory in which the fullfillment of the human needs are prioritized and the psychological health process to self-actualization are formulated. In his theory Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the human needs are ordered and should be mostly satisfied before someone would give their attention to the next highest need. The hierarchy of human needs model suggests that human needs will only be fulfilled one level at a time. According to Maslow's theory, when a human being ascends the levels of the hierarchy, one may eventually achieve self-actualization.

Felicia Tilborg's experiences obtained over the years working with people of different ages and various backgrounds, is that self-actualization can be noticed each 12 months after birth. Felicia Tilborg's Practicum uses an age appropriate growth and development assesments as tool to administrate each progress reached. Additional abilities observed, she describes as the individual's self-actualization experience at that particular moment in life. Annual growth and development assesments can detect any advancements, but also disabilities, disorders, in a child's preliminary stage. These observations can result in a more accurate action plan to execute, in best interest of each human being's growth and development process. Felicia Tilborg's results are compiled experiences from individuals whom have shown significant results by use of Felicia Tilborg's Practicum|- 1-2-3 theory Portfolios

Felicia Tilborg's Inspiration

Beyond the needs of fulfillment, moments of extra ordinary experiences were envisioned by Maslow. Individuals with these qualities known as ‘Peak Experiences’, encounter wholeness, self-sufficient in an holistic way. These experiences occur mostly by people whom reached the self-actualizing stage in life.

Later writings of Maslow’s theory have shown a more inclusive model in addition to the intense peak experiences, derived from the Indian scientist and yoga practitioner U.A. Asrani and named the Plateau Experience. The shift from Peak to Plateau experience Maslow relates to the natural aging process. This shift in life values is a personal experience, reflects what is actually important in one’s life and what is not.

Furthermore ‘The Great Didactic,’ is 'The Whole Art of Teaching all Things to all Man,' written by Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian John Amos Comenius. In The Great Didactic Comenius recommended learning from nature outside its school contexts. Comenius argues that learning should extend beyond the classroom, which takes place in everyday life. Contact with objects in the environment made accumulating information more accessible and relevant to children's interests and life needs.

Felicia Tilborg's Practicum - (academic) life coaches

Felicia Tilborg combines various theories and provides assistance in development towards self-actualization, which fundament is the implementation of the 1-2-3 theory. It builds each individual’s own characteristics, reaches self-fulfillment according to their age and maturity level. Felicia Tilborg’s Practicum is a practical life-long-learning strategy that creates the child's environment consisting parents, family, friends, educators and (academic) life coaches. The academic life coaches make it their duty to offer daily virtual meeting service to assist their assigned attendee to successfully grow from childhood to adulthood. The skills used are contextual and mastery based learning. Although there are diverse learning principles, Felicia Tilborg’s Practicum research has shown that in addition to each individuals daily environment, (Academic) Life Coaches are beneficial to achieve a successful life-long learning process.

Perspective extraordinary learner (13yrs) trained by (academic) life coach Felicia Tilborg

Title of Assignment_ Sociology Written Assignment #1 (2)
Written by Cecilia Khan