I really like the whole idea of teaching these concepts to kids. For me, the ideas ring true and I try to apply them to my own life and teach them to my children. These ideas should be embraced...
Suzanne Tobin PhD
Child Psychologist, US
The stories are good and can be used as a stimulus for PSHE/circle time discussion. The questions (the 'Mikey says...' section) at the end were good to promote discussion and probe thinking...
Miss Minal Rayarela
Leicester, UK Special Needs Teacher
I read the stories they are brilliant, are simple to follow and easy to understand especially for my age group(3-5 years) they will be great to read at circle time, as we discuss feelings and...
Senior nursery nurse, London,UK
These books are a fantastic resource to have. The stories are simple and fun and give a clear message. They will be great to use in school, not only in the classroom but for assemblies too. I will...
Primary Teacher, Leicester, UK.
These stories are an original concept and would be of use to parents, teachers and children, as they convey positive ideas in an interesting way...
Branch Librarian, London, UK
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Research has shown highest achievers are those with strong all-round development not just academic skills and qualifications. Children who have strong social and emotional skills are better at managing themselves and their thoughts, attitudes and feelings and better at dealing with others. A successful leader is normally a good people person. It is vital to give children the right skills and attitudes in their formative years so they build their life on a positive foundation that empowers them.
Confidence comes from high self-esteem, so if your child is confident they probably have one of the main ingredients of a happy and successful life. A well-rounded child may well experience more success in life than one who is purely confident. Other skills and qualities are equally important as confidence.../p>
Trends in Positive Psychology shows the six themes we focus on are at the forefront of how the field of psychology is able to improve people's well-being
The resources have been successfully used with ADHD. We are testing them on children with Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia and other conditions.
Over 90% of children and parents have been happy with the session and seen significant improvements in the child.
The workshops teach children life skills through fun, using stories, games and activities. In a typical session, children first experience a Kidz4Mation story which teaches a positive life lesson, followed by written activities where they explore their feelings around the theme they have just learnt. There is also breathing and relaxation and other coaching including walking and talking with confidence. Mikey the monkey and his friends have also been known to make an appearance during the stories!
All workshop staff hold the Advanced CRB, which is mandatory when working with children.
Kidz4Mation's resources are intended to support the delivery of SEAL, in particular to the three personal aspects of SEAL, namely self-awareness, managing feelings and motivation.
Evidence is that children's behaviour has improved as has their well-being. The approach is one of holistic whole-child development, and is based around six central themes from the growing field of positive psychology.
Hardcopy and ebook, which is ideal for projecting onto whiteboards.
The resources can be cross-fertilised from the classroom to the home, promoting teamwork and consistency between teaching at school and parenting.