Being With Our Feelings: Guidebook and Four Storybooks Set Spiral-bound

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Author: Anita Kate Garai

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 30/11/22

ISBN: 9780367772314

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Being With Our Feelings teaches children how to be with themselves and each other with acceptance, kindness and compassion. By providing the tools for children to mindfully embody and be with all their feelings, this unique set, consisting of a comprehensive, practical toolkit, accompanied by four beautifully illustrated rhyming storybooks, is designed to develop children’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, in a way that it can grow strong, flourish and endure for a lifetime.

Structured around seven key principles designed to focus on the felt sense of feelings in the body, rather than as thoughts in the mind, the Being With Our Feelings approach teaches children to get to know their feelings as energy waves, to allow their feeling waves to flow and move, to understand them as transient, and to accept them with kindness in the place of judgment.

With clear, easy to follow activities and lesson ideas linked to each story, the Being With Our Feelings: A Mindful, Embodied Approach to Wellbeing Toolkit provides a supportive, progressive framework to develop learning and understanding (with suggestions for use across Years 3-6) as well as the flexibility to suit the needs of any school, group or individual.

Sensitively written, with a refreshing burst of honesty, humour and a strong youth voice, the four storybooks: I Don’t Want To Be Me – Amelie’s Walk, I Just Can’t Decide!, The Red String and What If All The Trees Blow Away? are uniquely designed to support the Being With Our Feelings approach by simultaneously focussing on the felt sense of feelings in the body. Each book explores a key theme: accepting yourself, making independent choices, being with strong feelings such as anger and feeling anxiety and fear.

With no need for prior training and suitable for primary teachers, educational therapists, social workers and all caring adults, Being With Our Feelings is a vital resource for adults and children to read, talk, listen, reflect, and create together to make a positive impact on their entire wellbeing. Appropriate for groups, whole classes, one-to-one settings, assemblies, staff training and interactions with parents and the wider community, the Being With Our Feelings set allows children and adults to discover their authentic inner selves, let go of expectations and simply be who they are.