Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years. This affordable Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence based interventions from the rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is 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.
Weaving Well-Being gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas. These areas include identifying and using their authentic character strengths, boosting positive emotions, developing and nurturing positive relationships and connections, building practical resilience skills (including mindfulness) and developing self-efficacy through empowering beliefs.
The lessons are designed to be implemented within the framework of the S.P.H.E curriculum. Each lesson plan includes the relevant strands and strand units for ease of planning. The framework map below illustrates the main concepts covered at each class level.
Reinforcement and Progression of Core Concepts throughout the Programme
The following chart shows the progression and reinforcement of seven key concepts which are at the core of the Weaving Well-being programme. Each concept is reinforced and revised at subsequent year levels, which provides opportunities for the children to gain deeper engagement and understanding as they progress through the primary school system. Having a multi-year structure which provides opportunities for re-engagement with skills and concepts throughout the levels has been shown to be a key element of effective programmes.
Materials Now Available
The Third Class "Positive Emotions" and Fourth Class "Tools of Resilience" elements of the Weaving Well-Being programme was successfully piloted in a number of Irish schools last year and are now available to be purchased. We have now also piloted Fifth Class "Positive Relationships" and Sixth Class "Empowering Beliefs" and the books for these programmes are also available to be purchased. The books can be ordered through our publisher's website www.otb.ie. If you have questions in relation to an order you can email us at email@example.com. The final element of our programme is Character Strengths which is mainly aimed at Second Class. This will be available to order before the end of May 2017.
Each class level, which can be completed on a standalone basis, has a teacher’s manual. This manual contains background information, lesson plans, supplementary activities and a power point presentation for each lesson. The supplementary activities provide a wealth of opportunities for each concept to be embedded in the classroom and indeed the whole school culture. Teachers are also provided with the opportunity to enhance their own well-being through various interventions and activities. A children’s activity book for each level builds into a highly individual and personal resource for the child’s future use. The programme is child-centred, practical and is designed to be easy to deliver in any classroom setting.