Schools do incredible work. Day after day, they nurture the well-being of children in their care. Caring relationships are formed. Supportive and positive environments are created, and provide the foundation for children to flourish and thrive. Children feel safe, secure, seen, heard and valued. Within this culture, children can reach their full potential.
Embedding the Weaving Well-Being Program into such a culture can provide enhanced opportunities to nurture children’s well-being. Research shows that the most effective way to achieve this is to combine a positive school culture with a multi-year evidence-based skills program.
A positive school culture conveys three powerful messages to children:
YOU MATTER HERE.
YOU BELONG HERE.
YOU CAN SUCCEED HERE.
Weaving Well-Being is a research-based, positive mental health program for the classroom that aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 7-12.
This positve education programme consists of 10 lessons for each year level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the field of Positive Psychology, the science of well-being. It is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive.
The Weaving Well-Being programme gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas.
The program is multi-level, with a specific age-appropriate Student Book for children in Years 2–6.
- Each level has 10 lessons.
- There is a pull-out Parent Guide at the centre of each Student Book.
- Each lesson has a homework activity designed to encourage parental involvement and help to embed the concepts in the children’s daily lives.
- After the 10 lessons have been completed, parents should encourage their children to use the skills and strategies wherever possible.
- Each level explores a particular concept from Positive Psychology.
- The program is ideally designed to build skills and strategies incrementally over a five-year period by providing children with the opportunity to revise and deepen their understanding of concepts year-on-year.
Year Level Themes
Each year level explores a specific concept and a child-centred theme is used to engage and interest the children.
- Year 2: Character Strengths
Each of the 24 Character Strengths of Positive Psychology (such as Teamwork, Bravery, Kindness, Love of Learning, Creativity, Humour) are presented as Treasure Coins which they can use and develop within themselves.
- Year 3: Positive Emotions
Theme: Positive Emotion Potion
Children are introduced to the concept of Positive Emotions such as love, joy, hope, pride, gratitude and peace. They learn about five evidence-based interventions designed to cultivate positive emotions, for example, Attitude of Gratitude, Random Acts of Kindness and Healthy Body, Happy Mind.
- Year 4: Resilience
Theme: Tools of Resilience
Children are introduced to six strategies to promote resilience, including mindfulness and thought-disputation.
- Year 5: Positive Relationships
Theme: Steps to Positive Relationships
Children are introduced to eight steps to develop Positive Relationships, including respect and empathy.
- Year 6: Empowering Beliefs
Children are introduced to eight strategies to promote self-belief and well-being, including helpful self-talk and