FREE Mental Well-being Journal for Kids
During challenging times, it’s more important than ever to look after your child’s well-being. To help parents to help their children, Outside the Box has produced a FREE activity journal (At Home with Weaving Well-being) to help children to enhance their mental well-being through a range of activities. It’s probably most suitable for children aged 8 to 12 tears old but can certainly be adapted for younger or older children. It was released at the start of April as a response to the current crisis. It has also just been launched in Australia by Hawker Brownlow Education and is due to be rolled out in UK very soon and possibly USA also.
You can download it and print it out for your child/children or, if you don’t have access to a printer, your child can get the activity idea from the screen and do it on a blank sheet of paper.
Most of the topics in the FREE journal, such as positivity, gratitude, kindness, bravery, creativity and self-kindness, are drawn from the field of Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being. There are also activities based on dealing with worries and coping with change.
The journal is based on Weaving Well-Being – an SPHE programme which your child may be already doing in their school. Even if your child has no experience of Weaving Well-Being, they will still be able to use this as a stand-alone journal. Your child can work through the pages at their own pace, or alternatively, if the journal is being used as part of school-based learning, their teacher can set activities for them to do from time to time.
The journal aims to give children a chance to reflect and express themselves, gradually building into a highly personal portfolio reflecting unique aspects of their mental well-being. Once complete, they may enjoy looking over it again from time to time, especially whenever they need a well-being boost!
As a parent, you can use this journal to open up an important channel of communication with your child. Take time to discuss the various activities while they are completing them and perhaps even join in and try some of them on yourself!
The journal was compiled by Fiona Forman, co-author of the Weaving Well-Being programme (written by Fiona & Mick Rock).
Fiona appeared on Ireland AM on Virgin Media 1 on Sat 11th April discussing positive psychology activities designed to help children improve their mental well-being during these confusing and frightening times. Some of the positive psychology activities she demonstrated are now available for you right now in this free journal.
Click HERE or on the cover above to download the FREE journal. You can also double-click on the little square at the centre of the book cover below and it will open in full-screen for you to flick through and see all pages, download or share.
You can find more information about the authors’ programmes by clicking on the links below:
TEACHERS – For distant learning or just to see what the teacher programmes are like, you can try out six free lesson plans, one from each of the five levels of Weaving Well-being and one from the first level of the secondary school follow-up programme Wired for Well-being by clicking these links:
PRINTED COPIES OF THE BOOK:
Some schools/clubs have purchased multiple copies of the printed version of this FREE book to distribute to their students. There is a nominal cost for the printed version but bulk discounts apply. Schools and Community groups can click HERE for more details.
There is also a 15-hour online Weaving Well-being course for Teachers. This (and the other OTB online courses) is being offered at half price during the current crisis. The online discount code is HALFPRICE2 and the link is www.otblearning.ie
PARENTS – To further support your child with worries, check out Fiona’s article ‘Ideas for Supporting an Anxious Child’
MINDFULNESS – There are some great Mindfulness scripts and Guided Meditations to try with your child/children freely available on our website. Click HERE to access these.
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