Social Emotional Learning

No Name Calling! Books to Fight Bullying

In recognition of No Name-Calling Week, we’re highlighting useful stories about bullying. No Name-Calling Week was created by K-12 teachers and students to end name calling and bullying in schools. Children experience bullying in a variety of ways and in different places. It happens online and in person. There can be full blown name-calling and physical threats. Even more subtle, but still hurtful, slights and microagressions can cause kids some unease. Here are a few middle-grade nonfiction and picture books that can help with bullying. You can see all Magination Press bullying titles here.   Stand Up!: Be an Upstander and Make a Difference by Wendy L. Moss PhD Do you want to be an Upstander who makes the world a better place by standing up to bullying and injustice in your school, home, or community? If so, this book is for you! You may doubt that one kid can make a difference. You can't fly like Wonder Woman or scale walls like Spiderman, but you could be a hero to someone else by speaking up. Small changes can lead to bigger and bigger changes! Chock full of quizzes, examples, practical advice, and small steps you can take in your real life, Stand Up!: Be an Upstander and Make a Difference takes readers through the ways to be an Upstander, including being kind to yourself, having empathy for others, spreading kindness, and dealing with conflicts.   Read an adapted chapter from Stand Up!   The Hero Handbook by Matt Langdon Heroes take chances, do hard things, and sometimes even change the world. To become a hero, kids can surround themselves with supportive people, boost their self-esteem and self-awareness, find their passion, and have the courage to make things happen. This book shows them how to be the hero of their own story and discover their own hero journey. What makes a hero? Activists, advocates, allies, and friends. Sometimes heroes are our parents, teachers, or siblings. The truth is, heroes are inside everyone, and kids can and discover their inner hero, too!   Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying by James M. Foley, DEd Baxter the Bunny is the fastest animal in the forest. Danny the Bear is the best dancer. Baxter and Danny like to run and dance together in the forest...until Buford Blue Jay comes along. Buford makes up mean names for all the animals in the forest. With the help of Queen Beth of the Bees, Baxter and Danny learn how to start feeling better, and help the other animals in the forest feel better too. Together, they are able to stand up to Buford's bullying! Includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with more information about bullying and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience in children. Read an excerpt from Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying’s Note to Parents and Other Caregivers. Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart, PhD When a bee stings, Ouch! That hurts! When your

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No Name Calling! Books to Fight Bullying 2021-01-19T12:13:59-05:00

Increase Optimistic Thinking at Home: Part II

As we enter a new year full of new challenges, it is more important than ever to think optimistically. With the ongoing pandemic, social-emotional learning is more important now than ever. In creating our book, Dream It!: A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness, with my co-author Sara E. Williams, PhD, we did ground-breaking research that measured the effectiveness of strategies we identified to increase optimistic thinking in children. In our last post, we shared a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Child & Youth Care Forum, that validates Dream It! A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness as scientifically proven to increase optimistic thinking. In this post, we’ll share strategies to help you teach your child to think optimistically and ways to bring books to life, both in general and specifically for our book, Dream It!. To help, we will provide some free games and activities, including a new augmented reality game. How to bring a book to life. As a parent or teacher, you may feel challenged to bring books to life for your children. One of the best ways to do this is to connect what you read in the book to your child’s life by providing hands-on experiences that allow them to explore the concepts personally. For example, if you were reading The Three Bears to a young child, you might make oatmeal or porridge for them to eat, or get them to compare the size of their bed to the size of your bed. In Dream It!, we use this approach to teach children how to dream and how to turn dreams into reality. We define dreaming as following your passion, thinking optimistically and setting goals. We teach these concepts by playing games and doing activities, each one having been tested in a real-world classroom. Games are fun and interactive ways to help your child explore concepts they read about. To try some, you can download a free sample of chapter 4. These are what we call bucket list games that help kids brainstorm their dreams. For example, the Dream Board activity is a way to help children collect new ideas in one place. Encourage them to add photos, ticket stubs, drawings, sticky notes — anything that sparks their passion. Then every day they can visualize their dreams coming true. After identifying their dreams, Dream It! shows kids how to sort their dreams according to values and skills and then deconstruct and recombine them to make up new and unique dreams. For example, a child might have the dream of being a cheetah. Adults might dismiss this dream because it’s impossible! However, we encourage children to use their imagination so they can discover their passions and reframe them into more feasible goals. We could ask a child who dreams of being a cheetah why they want to do that. They might say because they love running and being fast and feeling free. We would then help them explore other ways they achieve those same goals

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Increase Optimistic Thinking at Home: Part II 2020-12-30T22:02:43-05:00