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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 7-12 years within the framework of the SPHE curriculum. 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, 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.
Weaving Well-Being is now the well-being programme of choice in the majority of Irish primary schools and has recently been licensed by Outside The Box Learning Resources to overseas educational publishers for use in the schools in their countries.
This Positive Emotions programme is aimed at 3rd Class (ages 8-9). It consists of ten lessons which are designed to promote and cultivate positive emotions using five specific strategies. Each strategy is presented as an ‘ingredient’ which becomes part of the child’s ‘Positive Emotion Potion’. The ‘Positive Emotion Potion’ can then be used as a daily resource to help to provide opportunities to create and enhance positivity. The Teacher Resource Book comes with a comprehensive Digital Companion Page which contains Lesson Plans, PowerPoints, videos, online games & activities, classroom posters, supplementary activities, a self-assessment tool and much more. The accompanying Pupil Book contains suggested development ideas and specific activities for each lesson as well as 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 Pupil Book, reflecting the unique components which enhance their individual well-being and resilience. A pull-out parent guide is included in each child’s Pupil 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 includes the relevant SPHE Curriculum strands and strand units for ease of planning.About the Authors:
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. She is the co-author of this Weaving Well-Being programme (for ages: 7-12) as well as author of Welcome to Well-Being (for ages: 4-7) and Wired for Well-Being (for ages: 12-15).
Mick Rock is a qualified Executive and Life Coach and a Motivational Speaker who has helped hundreds of people to enhance their lives and achieve a wide variety of goals. As a parent of two boys, Mick is extremely passionate about working with and helping children to deal with the various challenges in their lives, to increase their happiness and wellbeing and to fulfil their true potential. Mick is the co-author of this Weaving Well-Being programme (for ages: 7-12).