COOL TO BE ME @Home Online Parent and Child Series
The COOL TO BE ME @ Home Series is designed to effectively and creatively integrate development of emotional, personal and social well-being within each child, so that they can thrive as individuals, work productively and happily in a team and contribute to making their community happy, productive and safe. The @ Home Series offers many practical tools for parents to assist children in understanding and managing their emotions, so that they are empowered to make positive choices in the many different environments and circumstances they find themselves.
The @ Home Series core objectives are :
- Develop resilient and positive self-esteem
- Develop self-worth and the desire to contribute to society
- Develop a respect and appreciation for diversity and the tendency towards respectful behaviour
- Develop the ability to make conscious choices by giving careful consideration to the impact their choices will have on themselves and the people, animals and environment around them
- Develop the ability to be self-motivated and become an optimistic thinker
- Develop the ability to be responsible and accountable
- Develop the ability for creative and innovative thought and action
- Develop the ability to become a productive and positive citizen
- Develop the ability to harness their personal potential and thrive in a challenging world
Neuroscience informs us that the brain learns best when it is calm and content which makes ‘feeling happy and safe’ a very important theme to address with children in their formative years of schooling. Learning the skills of self-awareness and self-management at home, prepares them to better handle situations as they arise at school so that they can navigate their daily stresses in the classroom and quickly return to a calm and content state of being; ready to learn.
The Learning Opportunities for the Feeling Happy & Safe Series are as follows:
Building Block 1: Feelings
During this building block your child will learn how to identify and express their feelings; bubble breathe to calm down; make helpful rather than hurtful choices and become aware of how other people are feeling.
Building Block 2: Sharing
During this building block your child will experience that when we are valued for sharing ‘who we are’, our unique character, talents, abilities, ideas and opinions as well as our belongings (toys or books) we feel a great sense of happiness and confidence. When we experience this for ourselves we begin to value the people around us more and encourage them to share of themselves too… and grow in confidence and happiness.
Building Blocks 3: Being kind
During this building block your child will experience how being kind makes them and their family and friends feel. They will think creatively about all the different ways they can be kind to people, pets and the environment … and put their ideas into practice too.
Building Block 4: My circle of love and support
Developing the ability to be vulnerable and ask for help from the people we trust, so that we can persist with difficult tasks or overcoming our fears, is a very important life skill. It requires levels of self-awareness and self-management that many adults battle to achieve. This building block is the starting point of learning for your child. They will be able to apply what they have learnt so far in this series to overcome the things that cause them the most anxiety and emotional overwhelm with the knowledge that they are loved and supported and that it is okay to ask for help.
The COOL TO BE ME @ Home Being Confident and Responsible Series builds on the skills and values learnt in the COOL TO BE ME @ Home Red Series. By the age of seven or eight, your child will have developed the awareness to identify and label difficult emotions and the ability to ‘calm down’ in order to make a helpful choice so that they could feel happy and safe once more, ready to learn or play. They will have also discovered the joy of sharing of themselves and being kind to others; and the reassurance of knowing that they are loved and supported and can ask for help. These skills and values would have contributed significantly to your child developing a positive attitude towards school and life, creating an excellent foundation for them to take their next developmental step towards growing in confidence and taking on more responsibility for themselves and the environment. They are ready!
The Learning Opportunities for the Being Confident and Responsible Series are as follows:
Building Block 1: Being Truthful
During this building block your child will learn about being truthful. Do you know that when you are brave enough to be truthful about everything, you feel proud and honourable like a king?
Building Block 2 : Being Confident
During this building block your child will learn about how to feel confident. We feel confident when we learn to know and accept ourselves as we are and then we feel happy and excited about life.
Building Block 3 : Being Responsible
During this building block your child will learn about being responsible and how, when we choose to be responsible , we feel capable, clever, strong, kind, important and happy… just like a superhero!
Building Block 4 : Bouncing Back
During this building block your child will learn how to bounce back and develop grit and resilience. Life is full of twists and turns – we make mistakes, accidents happen and things don’t always work out the way we want. If we stay calm and go with the flow, we discover that there is a lesson to be learnt in each experience and that things often work out for the best.