The Welcome to Well-Being programme is a multi-year programme for children from Junior Infants to First Class (Ages: 4-7+). It is designed to enhance children’s well-being across all dimensions – social, emotional, spiritual, physical and mental. Enhancing children’s well-being can lead to a wide variety of other successful outcomes including increased academic performance, better relationships and increased resilience. (Waters, 2011; Park & Peterson, 2008).
The programme is based on Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being. It is designed to be implemented as part of the SPHE curriculum. The theme of the programme is that two small, gender-neutral aliens called Mo and Ko arrive from the planet called Zo to help children feel happy, strong, kind and brave, loving and well. Each week they introduce children to a new idea and they set a challenge for the children to try it out for the week – at home as well as at school. The characters Mo & Ko are gender-neutral – to order a gender-specific version, please click HERE.
The three levels in the programme are:
- Welcome to Well-Being: Book A: Meet Mo & Ko (Junior Infants / Ages: 4-5+)
- Welcome to Well-Being: Book B: Good to be Me with Mo & Ko (Senior Infants / Ages: 5-6+)
- Welcome to Well-Being: Book C: Feeling Good with Mo & Ko (1st Class / Ages: 6-7+)
Each level consists of:
- Teacher Resource Book which comes with a comprehensive Digital Companion Page containing Lesson Plans, PowerPoints, videos, online games & activities, classroom posters, supplementary activities, a self-assessment tool and much more.
- Pupil Book (including activities for each lesson, homework activity and a pull-out parent/guardian/carer guide to encourage support and involvement at home)
- Poster Pack: 12 x A3 (45cm x 32cm) posters, printed on card and stored in a polythene sleeve for safekeeping. These are the same posters (but larger and printed on high-quality, silk-finish, 300 g/sm card) that are included in the back of the Teacher Resource Book and on the corresponding Digital Companion Page.
Schools may order FREE SAMPLES of the Welcome to Well-Being Pupil books by clicking HERE.
Specific Aims of this level: Welcome to Well-Being – Book B: Good to be Me with Mo and Ko (Senior Infants / Ages: 5-6)
- To increase children’s understanding of 14 specific emotions including happiness, sadness, worry, calm, frustration and confidence
- To encourage children to accept and express all of their emotions in a positive way and to understand that emotions show us what is important to us
- To provide children with the opportunity to up-regulate positive emotions including gratitude, calm, kindness and joy
- To provide children with the opportunity to regulate and express strong feelings including worry
- To introduce children to the idea of Character Strengths such as bravery, love, kindness, fairness and gratitude through the concept of the qualities of their ‘Best Self’
- To promote feelings of self-confidence and self-worth
- To promote resilience and self-efficacy through giving children strategies to deal with their strong emotions
- To develop pro-social relationships through developing empathy, encouraging acts of kindness and appropriate expression of emotions
You can try out a FREE LESSON from any of the three Welcome to Well-Being Levels (Junior Infants, Senior Infants and/or First Class). Click on the highlighted lesson below to go to the FREE LESSON page where you will be able to access this lesson and a lesson from each of the other two levels.
Lessons in Book B:
- Lesson 1: I can be my best self
- Lesson 2: I can name my feelings
- Lesson 3: I can name more feelings
- Lesson 4: I can tame my feelings
- Lesson 5: Sprinkle kindness
- Lesson 6: I’m ready to relax
- Lesson 7: It’s OK to feel worried – You can try this lesson for free
- Lesson 8: Today I’m thankful
- Lesson 9: My friends have feelings too
- Lesson 10: It’s good to be us
About the Author:
Fiona Forman is an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology. Having spent many years as a primary school teacher, she is absolutely passionate about placing well-being at the heart of school life and she has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. Fiona holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology, the science of well-being, from the University of East London. She is the co-author of Weaving Well-Being, a positive mental health programme for primary school children (ages: 7-12) that is now in use in the majority of primary schools in Ireland as well as being licensed by Outside The Box Learning Resources to overseas educational publishers for use in the schools in their countries. Fiona has recently had her own well-being programme for secondary schools published. This is called Wired for Well-Being and is suitable for children aged 12-15. She has also had this Welcome to Well-Being programme published which is suitable for children aged 5 to 7+.
More information on the Welcome to Well-Being programme is available on the Welcome to Well-Being Homepage.