by Fiona Forman
Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the SPHE curriculum. This book is aimed at 5th class (ages 10-11). This Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. It is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive. The Weaving Well-Being programme gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas. A growing body of research shows that positive emotions are linked to increased well-being. This Positive Relationships programme equips children with eight practical evidence-based strategies, across ten lessons, to nurture positive relationships on a daily basis. Each lesson consists of a PowerPoint introduction, suggested development ideas and specific activities in the children's Activity Book. There is also a homework page consisting of an activity to be carried out over the week at home and reported back on. The children gradually build a highly personal portfolio of work in their Activity Book, reflecting the unique components which enhance their individual well-being and resilience. A pull-out parent guide is included in each child's Activity Book to support parental involvement. The lessons are designed to be implemented within the framework of the SPHE curriculum. Each of the ten lesson plans include the relevant strands and strand units for ease of planning.
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Date of Publication: 01/06/2017