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101 Life Skills Games for Children

Learning, Growing, Getting Along (Ages 6 to 12)

Bernie Badegruber

For parents, teachers, and therapists this book features games that teach important life lessons to younger children and teens. Aimed at children ages 6 to 12, this useful, fun game book is organized into three chapters: I-Games, You-Games, and We-Games. The games address aggression, resentment, honesty, flexibility, stereotypes, performance, self-confidence, respect, and group conflict.
The book also offers new strategies for such problems as how to integrate the new girl into the group and how to stop boys from fighting in line. Based on years of research, the book packs skill-building games with step-by step instructions and clearly specified objectives to help children grow as individuals and as part of a group.

22x15cm  176 pages  $29.95  

101 More Life Skills Games for Children

Learning, Growing, Getting Along (Ages 9 to 15)

Bernie Badegruber

Contains activities that cover movement, concentration, relaxation, combat, cooperation, integration, and more. Written in an accessible style and featuring black-and-white illustrations, this book is organized into three chapters: I-Games, You-Games, and We-Games, and helps preteens and teens address important issues such as the importance of patience, self-confidence, love, and respect in a fun and relaxing way.

23x15cm  162 pages  $29.95  

Active Learning

Increasing Flow in the Classroom

Pat Hollingsworth and Gina Lewis

In this book experienced teachers share their most practical and engrossing ways to create optimal learning experiences for students. Knowing that the key to real learning and understanding is student engagement and enjoyment, the authors provide plans for complete lessons that motivate students through active involvement in the process of learning. Ancient Greece comes alive when students dramatize historical events. Architectural styles translated into movement, sound, and body shapes are easy to remember. Student-created board games make reviewing math facts fun. This book will assist teacher planning, improve lesson quality, and illuminate your approach to teaching. Measurable objectives, step-by-step procedures, optional teacher scripts, student handouts, evaluation tools, and enrichment activities provide structure for lessons to use in math, language arts, science, social studies, and the fine arts

28x22cm  195 pages  $49.95  

Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning

Grades 6-8

Katia Petersen

These ready-to-use classroom-tested activities integrate easily into all subject areas. They empower students to solve problems, create a respectful and caring classroom, and educate the whole child. This book has 100+ easy-to-implement activities that let you "build in" (rather than "add on") social-emotional earning across all subject areas. Includes CD-ROM.

28x22cm  202 pages  $44.95  

Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology

A Guide for Instructors

Jeffrey Froh, Acacia Parks, eds

This book presents a comprehensive set of fun, interactive classroom activities devised by contributors who are experienced teachers as well as leading scholars in their areas. Chapters cover all the topics typically included in existing positive psychology textbooks, emphasizing the hands-on experience that makes positive psychology courses so powerful. Extensive reading lists point interested readers towards a fuller understanding of the topics. The book is a rich source of ideas for all teachers of psychology, from novice to experienced instructors and is published by the American Psychological Association.

28x22cm  173 pages  $64.00  

Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenage Boys

Tina Rae & Lisa Pedersen

Challenges young men to acknowledge the importance of emotional development and covers behavior-related issues. Statistics indicate that males make up a disproportionate number of children with behavior problems and with learning problems, giving rise to concerns about young men's ability to maintain relationships.
Providing comprehensive facilitator's notes, this research-based book, with accompanying CD-ROM, covers topics that include: Appearance Girl friends Sex Tolerance Drugs awareness Crime and punishment

28x21cm  160 pages  $62.95  

Empathy is My Superpower!

A Story about showing you care

Bryan smith, illus Lisa M Griffin

Why does her brother cry when it's dark? Why does her classmate Kayla take so long to do her math? And what's up with that strange-smelling dish that Priya brings to lunch every day? With the help of her parents, Amelia soon learns about the importance of empathy and starts to see the power it can have! Will Amelia be able to put her new-found skill to good use and help others find the strength in empathy as well? Written for readers in grades K-6, this storybook also includes tips to help parents and teachers foster empathy in every child.

23x23cm  32 pages  $22.00  

Games and Activities for Exploring Feelings with Children

Giving children the confidence to navigate emotions and friendships

Vanessa Rogers

This is a fun, imaginative and creative resource designed to help children aged 7–13 get thinking and talking about their feelings and the issues that affect their lives.
It is packed full with games and activities that help children explore their emotions and express themselves positively. Activities surrounding issues such as peer relationships and friendships, bullying, offending, participation and citizenship are designed to build self-esteem, raise aspirations and increase motivation. They will also enhance emotional well-being and develop protective behaviours, encouraging children to speak out rather than act out, and helping to keep them safe and happy.
This is an ideal resource for all those working with children and looking for new and exciting ideas for games and activities, including teachers, youth workers, social workers and counsellors.

24x17cm  125 pages  $39.95  

Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids

A Resilience programme for children aged 7-14

Stephanie Azri

Self-esteem, communication skills, positive thinking, healthy friendships, and dealing with anger, stress, anxiety and grief are all crucial parts of being resilient and having strong life skills.
Join forces with superheroes Steemy, Link, Zen, KipKool, Holly and Hally, Beau and Angel in this 10 session programme to boost resilience in children aged 7—14. Each session focuses on a key theme, and a superhero character helps to teach each skill, from overcoming anxiety to dealing with grief. A creative hands-on activity closes each session, and session summaries and tips for parents encourage children to continue learning and building their skills between sessions. An engaging comic strip story about the superheroes runs throughout the program. Sessions are flexible and easily adaptable for use in different settings and with younger or older children, and include photocopiable worksheets.
This imaginative resource is a complete programme, ideal for teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers and youth workers.

28x22cm  173 pages  $42.95  

Heart Masters - Middle to Senior Primary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the middle to senior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

31x19cm  160 pages  $50.00  

Heart Masters - Junior Primary


A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

30x21cm  160 pages  $50.00  

Heart Masters - Junior to Middle Secondary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals. Helps children have a sense of belonging at school, be aware of their own feelings and those of other, control their impulses, put things in perspective and solve problems, and have friendly and positive relationships.

30x21cm  162 pages  $50.00  

How to Be A Superhero called Self-Control

Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate Their Emotions and Senses

Lauren Brukner

Narrated by a superhero called Self-Control, this illustrated book provides a variety of super power strategies to help children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties, aged approximately 4 to 7 years, to master self-control. Teaches how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place ... Also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.

25x18cm  111 pages  $29.00  

If You Had To Choose, What Would You Do?

Sandra McLeod Humphrey, illus Brian Strassburg

Is it wrong to cheat on a test if everybody else is doing it? If your sister makes you promise not to tell that she's doing something wrong, should you tell your parents? Is it all right to make fun of someone else because the other kids are doing it? If your best friends are fighting, should you pick sides? It's never too early to begin talking with our children about values or to help them define and develop their code of moral conduct. The twenty-five situations presented in If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? and the thought-provoking questions at the end of each story can serve as a valuable foundation to help you talk with your child about important moral and social issues. This enjoyable book will guide children through everyday problems and instill in them a sense of responsibility for their own actions.

21x21cm  115 pages  $30.00  

Kid's Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control

Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses

Lauren Brukner

Packed with simple ideas to regulate the emotions and senses, this book will help children tackle difficult feelings head-on and feel awesome and in control! From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, the book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected. They will learn how to label difficult feelings, choose the perfect strategies and tools to tackle them, and use these correctly whether at home or at school. The strategies and tools are accompanied by cartoon-style illustrations, and the author includes useful tips for parents as well as handy visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress. Armed with this book, kids will be well on their way to managing difficult emotions and feeling just right in whatever situation life throws at them! It is suitable for children with emotional and sensory processing difficulties aged approximately 7 to 14 years.

25x18cm  112 pages  $29.00  

Merrell's Strong Kids: Grades 6-8

A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum 2nd edition

Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann and others

Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help your students develop the social-emotional skills they need to manage their challenges and succeed in school and life. Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is low cost and low tech, proven to help increase students' knowledge of healthy behavior. Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. This scientifically-based curriculum can run for 12 weeks, and lessons are easy to fit into your existing schedule (especially with the new options for breaking them into smaller chunks). Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included--all photocopiable and available as downloads--so teachers have everything they need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.
A code provides access to downloadable materials
Covers Understanding your emotions and those of others, Dealing with Anger, Clear Thinking, Solving People Problems, Letting go of Stress, Positive Living, and Creating strong and SMART goals.

28x22cm  258 pages  $75.00  

Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools

Positive Psychology in Action for 11 to 14 Year Olds

Ilona Boniwell, Lucy Ryan

This book offers practitioners working with 11 to 14 year olds a highly practical education resource for running personal well-being lessons, backed up by scientific research from the field of positive psychology.
The book is divided into six subject headings, with six lessons offered per subject area. This will allow you to run a programme with between 6 to 36 lessons. The six core concepts are: Positive Self, Positive body, Positive Emotions Positive Mindsets, Positive Direction and Positive Relationships. The lessons are easy to understand, to lead ad to manage and each lesson has a suggested 60 minute outline, a "how to" run the lesson, suggested homework where appropriate and academic references and resources.

30x21cm  216 pages  $65.00  

Projects & Presentations for K-6 Students

Preparing Kids to Be Confident, Effective Communicators [With CDROM]

Phil Schlemmer, Dori Schlemmer

Build children's proficiency with oral and written communication, promote social and emotional learning (SEL), and allow students to work toward standards while developing critical skills they'll need in later grades.

28x21cm  228 pages  $62.95  

Resilience - Personal Skills for Effective Learning Vol 1

Annie Greeff

This practical workbooks detail a holistic approach to developing your students' resilience through activities, theory, and reflective exercises. Reproducible worksheets and facilitator�s notes make these books extremely teacher-friendly. Key learning points are included to remind the teacher of the main focus and to assist the teacher in understanding what the specific exercises aim to achieve. They can also be used to introduce or clarify the topic to the students.

RESILIENCE - Social Skills for Effective Learning Volume 2 is also still available as a print on demand title. Please contact us to arrange its purchase. $50.00

22x30cm  193 pages  $49.95  

Say Something!

Peter H Reynolds

The world needs your voice. SAY SOMETHING. With your words, with your art, with your music, with your poetry, with your courage, or simply with your presence. A magical exploration of the ways that a single voice can make a difference.

22x24cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Self-Control to the Rescue!

Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life

Lauren Brukner

The self-control super hero is back, this time prepared with simple strategies to tackle the difficult emotions and challenges of everyday life. From the morning routine to making friends at recess, paying attention in class, and getting a good night's sleep, this guide will help children stay on track and save the day! Focusing on specific times of the day that present particular challenges, this book includes breathing exercises, stretching, and visualization techniques to help children aged 4-7 keep calm and in control, with additional resources for parents and educators.

25x18cm  112 pages  $29.00  

Simple Stuff to Get Kids Self-Regulating in School

Awesome and in Control Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Strategies for Learning

Lauren Brukner, Lauren Liebstein Singer, John Smisson, illus

Packed with photocopiable lesson plans and tried and tested strategies, this illustrated guide is the ideal companion for teachers and therapists wishing to help kindergarten and elementary school children to self-regulate. It contains everything you need to integrate the successful, research-based 'Awesome and In Control' program, which focuses on empowering children to regulate their own emotions and senses and helping them to develop excellent coping strategies.
Explaining how the popular, universal 'Awesome and In Control' program works, the guide enables you to help children to keep calm and in control during everyday tasks including reading, writing and paying attention to others.

28x21cm  214 pages  $50.00  

Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success

Kenneth W Merrell, Barbara A Gueldner

This highly engaging, eminently practical book provides essential resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K-12 setting. Numerous vivid examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of this increasingly influential approach to supporting students' mental health, behavior, and academic performance. Helpful reproducibles are included. The authors offer clear-cut guidance on how to:
Choose the right SEL program for a particular school.
Teach SEL concepts to students, teachers, and administrators.
Weave SEL into the classroom curriculum to boost academic success.
Adapt interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse students and those with special needs. Monitor outcomes and maximize the quality of interventions.

27x21cm  174 pages  $46.95  

Stay Cool and in Control with the Keep-Calm Guru

Wise Ways for Children to Regulate Their Emotions and Senses

Lauren Brukner

Meet the Keep-Calm Guru, our expert guide to the art of staying cool, calm, and in control in the face of overpowering feelings! Helps children to recognize and cope with anxiety, anger, frustration, and other difficult feelings and emotions. Using everything from yoga poses and pressure holds to deep breathing and relaxing colouring activities, this illustrated guide provides children and adolescents, from around 7-14 years, with wisdom from the Keep-Calm Guru to help them stay in control.

25x18cm  136 pages  $29.00  

Super Skills

Activities for Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum and Other Social Cognitive Deficits

Judith Coucouvanis

The title says it all! Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges is SUPER at many levels. Based on a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, Judy Coucouvanis presents 30 lessons grouped under four types of skills necessary for social success: fundamental skills, social initiation skills, getting along with others, and social response skills. Each lesson is highly structured and organized, making it easy for even inexperienced teachers and other group leaders to follow and implement successfully. A series of practical checklists and other instruments provide a solid foundation for assessing students? social skills levels and subsequent planning.

27x21cm  351 pages  $85.00  

What Were You Thinking?

A Story about learning to control your impulses

Bryan Smith

Third grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, such as a few ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym class that leads to a classmate on the floor in tears, results in his teachers and mother teaching him all about impulse control. Will the tips provided by the adults in his life help him see a better way to manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story

23x23cm  32 pages  $22.00