This collection of engaging and simple to use activities will help teachers to develop children's mental and emotional wellbeing while also including the thinking skills necessary for learning.
The authors show how developing such skills within the context of a wellbeing agenda aids children's motivation, their ability to concentrate and their willingness to explore, investigate and question, bringing huge benefits for children's sense of achievement, self-confidence and resilience. Drawing on a wealth of practical activities that include both creative and critical ways of thinking, chapters cover:
Wellbeing in the Classroom;
Relaxation and Meditation;
Mindfulness and Reflectiveness;
Jumpstart! Wellbeing is a treasure trove of fun activities and ideas for building wellbeing and its constituent skills into the curriculum.
Steve Bowkett is a former teacher and the author of numerous books for teachers including the bestselling Jumpstart! Creativity. He also works as an Educational Consultant specialising in the areas of thinking skills and problem solving, creativity and literacy. Kevin Hogston is Head Teacher at Collis Primary School in Teddington, UK. He has worked in primary education for almost 20 years, including the role of an Advanced Skills Teacher for Emotional Wellbeing.
List of Figures Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Jumpstart Wellbeing in the Classroom 2. Jumpstart Emotional Resourcefulness 3. Jumpstart Relaxation and Meditation 4. Jumpstart Mindfulness and Reflectiveness 5. Jumpstart Being Well Afterwords Bibliography