`Emotional health is a key concern in classrooms nowadays, and the ideas within this book are a fresh approach to delivering and supplementing the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programmes outlined in the Primary National Strategy' - Youth in Mind
Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies.
Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum.
The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.
Tony Pryce has worked as a Special Needs Educator and has trained in performance in a variety of institutions. He has written a number of plays which have been performed, and runs drama workshops, aimed at young people, for the Lyric.
Introduction A Relaxation Exercise Learning to relax the body Row Your Boat A visualisation for generating wellbeing and inner peace inner peace The Giant Within Creating a big person internally The House that Peace Built Creating peaceful spaces within and exploring the fact that there are many aspects to ourselves Mirror, Mirror On My Wall Building a positive internal image of ourselves based on acceptance The Happy Forest A visualisation and wellbeing exercise for generating warmth towards oneself Sky Dance with An Eagle Promoting inner peace and wellbeing Butterfly Valley A visualisation exercise for building confidence Balloons Learning to let go of troublesome and persistent thoughts The Roar of the Crowd Taking on challenges and becoming a winner internally Quick Fixes and Tune Ups Bow and Arrow A visualisation exercise for dispersing of negative emotion The Tap Turning off negative emotions and recognising choice in going with or against an emotion Receptive Hands Creating openness towards the challenge of learning Exams A mental preparation for sitting exams Start of Day Positive Focus 1 Creating a climate of positive interaction Start of Day Positive Focus 2 Creating a climate of positive interaction Ball of Light A circle game for developing goodwill amongst a class or a group From Buds to Flowers Working towards a wholesome future self