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Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Strategies and Activities for Happy and Successful Learners
Aimed at improving children’s social, emotional, behavioural, and academic functioning, Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools provides students at the elementary level with practical, everyday strategies to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Comprised of 16 sessions, this curriculum-based program demonstrates the universal need for policy-oriented approaches to school-based mental health. A number of components are integrated throughout, including: emotional regulation and expression; mindfulness and metacognition; the link between thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations; acceptance and self-compassion; goal-directed behaviours; problem solving; and conflict resolution.
With guided instruction, sections on personal reflection, and group activity exercises, this essential resource equips children with tools to develop improved attention, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility, strengthen their social skills, and enhance their academic performance.
Table of Contents
Program Delivery Instructions
Lesson 1. Introduction to Thoughts and Feelings
Lesson 2. How My Body Reacts to My Emotions
Lesson 3. Mindfulness and Relaxation Part 1
Lesson 4. Mindfulness and Relaxation Part 2
Lesson 5. Labelling Emotions
Lesson 6. Expressing Emotions
Lesson 7. Thinking About What I am Thinking (Metacognition)
Lesson 8. Metacognition and Gratitude
Lesson 9. My Strengths and Skills
Lesson 10. Strategies That Work for Me
Lesson 11. Using Positive and Context Appropriate Emotions
Lesson 12. Goal Setting
Lesson 13. Problem Solving
Lesson 14. Problem Solving when Interacting with Others
Lesson 15. Conflict Resolution
Lesson 16. What I’ve Learned
“How wonderful to see the child’s emotional development finally play a prominent role in the framework of classroom learning. Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools is a pedagogical treasure box filled with visually appealing and age-appropriate activities that will ease and encourage young students to consider their thoughts and feelings in a variety of contexts. Through thoughtfully developed exercises, students will have the opportunity to adopt self-regulatory strategies that will help them to take ownership of their learning, in the classroom and beyond.”— Yasmine Ghandour, Founder and General Director, Orchard House–Centre for Early Childhood Development
“Every child should have a copy of Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools. This colourful, interactive workbook is like an indispensable toolbox, jam-packed with real-life power tools and techniques that makes regulation of emotion fun, easy, and achievable. [This book] introduces the basics of recognition and regulation of emotion, mindfulness, metacognitive thinking, and more, in an easy-to-understand and interactive way. The text is easy to read for children, fun to use, and has colourful graphics. This is an innovative, go-to resource for teachers, school psychologists, other educators, and parents, too.” — Dr. Jerome M. Sattler, Professor (Emeritus) and Diplomate In Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University
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