Author Fiona Forman, co-author of the extensively used primary school programme Weaving Well-Being and author of Wired for Well-Being (secondary schools), brings you this new 3-level SPHE and well-being programme for Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class called Welcome to Well-Being.
Welcome to Well-Being 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 Welcome to Well-Being programme aims to enhance children’s wellbeing and resilience through developing specific skills including emotional intelligence and regulation, boosting positive emotions and enhancing social skills and self-confidence.
The theme of the programme is that two little aliens called Mo and Ko have come from the planet Zo to help children to 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. Please note that Mo and Ko are gender-neutral so the pronoun ‘they’ is used to describe them in both the singular and the plural.
Each of the three levels of Welcome to Well-being comes with a Teacher Resource Book and a Pupil Book. The Teacher book comes with a Digital Companion Page which contains PowerPoint presentations for each lesson, supplementary worksheets, classroom posters and much more. The pupil book has two activities per lesson as well as a homework activity. A pull-out parent guide is included in each child’s Pupil Book to support parental involvement.
This Irish-produced well-being programme is now being sold in other countries around the world, including by internationally renowned Australian publisher Hawker Brownlow Education.