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.

Start of Day Positive Focus

Start of day positive focus

The following two exercises are concerned with helping the group or class to start the day or part of the day on a positive note. They are intended to be very quick.

Here are a few questions that you can ask in order to start the ball rolling:

  • How does helping others to feel good about themselves help the world?
  • When we help others to feel good do we derive any benefits ourselves?

Positive Focus One

Discuss with the children how it is easier to maintain peace and goodwill towards oneself and others if they already have a vision of it or have it as a goal, instead of taking it for granted. Inform them that this is called ...

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