Supporting Children at Home during the Latest Lockdown

www.otb.ie/Return-to-School

New from Fiona Forman Well-Being

Our free 30-Day Positivity Challenge for Kids aims to support children’s well-being during the current period of school closures by providing them with a range of feel-good activities to try out at home. Parents or guardians can download the pdf and children can choose an activity to do each day and cross it off as they do it. Children might like to create a Positivity Folder to keep all of their work in. They could also take photos of their challenges to keep a digital record. Parents or guardians can download an award certificate as children progress through the challenges as follows:

  • 10 Challenges – Bronze Award
  • 20 Challenges – Silver Award
  • 30 Challenges – Gold Award

Click on the chart and the certificates below to download them as pdfs ready for printing or sharing.

Best of luck to everyone with the challenges!

Update on Availability of Well-Being Resources

WELCOME TO WELL-BEING: (Infants to First Class) – NEW

  • Junior Infants: Pupil Books & Teacher Book available
  • Senior Infants: Pupil Books available May 31st / Teacher Books available Aug 31st
  • First Class: Pupil Books available May 31st / Teacher Books available Aug 31st

WEAVING WELL-BEING: (2nd to 6th Class)

  • All 5 Teacher Books & All 5 Pupil books available

FÍ NA FOLLÁINE: (2nd to 6th Class)

  • Pupil Books available now / Teacher Books available Aug 31st

WIRED FOR WELL-BEING: (Junior Cycle – Ages: 12-15) – NEW

  • First Year Programme: Pupil Books & Teacher Book available
  • Second Year Programme: Pupil Books available Jan 2022 / Teacher Books available Jan 2022
  • Third Year Programme: Pupil Books available Jan 2022 / Teacher Books available Jan 2022

New from Creative Mindfulness by Louise Shanagher

Click on the image below to access these Creative Mindfulness FREE Resources:

FREE TEACHER RESOURCE PACKS

Teachers and parents are also invited to download the two FREE, extremely practical, resource packs for teachers – one for primary and one for secondary below. Both are grounded in evidence-based interventions from the rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. Each pack contains five activities, each focussing on five simple messages. Click on the Primary or Secondary cover below to access these free e-Book resources.

PRIMARY:

Return to School with Weaving Well-Being

    1. Covid-19: It’s Time to Tell Your Story
    2. All Feelings are OK
    3. Notice the Good Stuff
    4. Everything You Need is Inside You
    5. Look Back, but Move Forward

SECONDARY:

Return to School with Wired for Well-Being

    1. Your Story Matters
    2. Put Your Well-Being First
    3. It’s OK not to Feel OK
    4. Don’t Just Go Through It, Grow Through It
    5. Look Back, but Move Forward

Both packs are underpinned by the following recently published documents:

Both of these resources are a follow on from a free mental well-being journal for kids published and made available to parents called ‘At Home with Weaving Well-Being’. More information on this at www.otb.ie/wwb.home. All of these free journals are derivatives of two positive psychology, well-being school programmes for Irish schools, details as follows:

Other Useful Online Well-Being Resources

Online Well-Being Course for Teachers (Primary)

Creative Mindfulness by Louise Shanagher

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