Belonging Ben is an educational resource for educators, families, counselors, therapists, or anyone working with youth (ages 7-11).
Ben, as the letter B tells a real story from a child’s perspective about belonging, community and teamwork. This guide was created by an educator who has worked with children for over 30 years and follows the ASCA National Standards, which were developed by The American School Counselor Association. This proactive tool encourages children to have empathy towards others while building positive relationships in the classroom or home.
The Letter B, Belonging Ben includes:
Ben’s story: A true story about belonging.
Powerful Self-Talk: A positive affirmation about being a part of something larger than your self, “I belong and contribute.” Children will call upon each memorized “Positive Self Talk” during challenging times that arrive in life.
Reflect and Shine: This discussion section encourages children to interact and share personal experiences. This non-judgmental talking time allows participants to connect, release, and reflect or if in a group - learn from each other. It can also be used as a quiet activity where children can journal their thoughts.
Activities: A full page of activities, including the team building activities, there are also famous quotes about teamwork, a group classroom activity and a family activity.
These stories and activities will empower children to create the life they want, regardless of what has happened to them.
ASCA National Standards: Each of the stories from the Powerful You book, like Ben, follows the ASCA National Standards.
Here is the key:
Belonging Ben covers: A:A3.2, C:A1.4, C:A2.1, A:B1.4, C:C2.3, PS:A1.9
If you need more information in regards to these standards, click here: http://www.powerfulyou.info/asca-national-standards/
The ASCA National Standards was developed by the American School Counselor Association. It was created for students and to help school counselors in their work with students. The ASCA National Standards can be used to identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program.
More About the Book: Belonging Ben is the second of the 26 stories from the Powerful You book. Powerful You was written by Julie Frizzi and is a comprehensive life-guide for families, educators, therapists, or anyone working with youth (ages 7-11).
This proactive tool encourages children to have empathy towards others and build positive relationships in the classroom or home. Created by an educator who has worked with children for over 30 years, Powerful You is a colorful, easy-to-use resource book consists of true stories told by classroom children from letter A-Z. There are 110 pages with beautiful hand drawn illustrations.
Here are some of the sensitive school and home issues discussed in Powerful You:
Powerful You follows the letters of the alphabet with each chapter telling a heartfelt story from a child who has struggled. After the true story is read aloud, “Reflect and Shine Time” is given which encourages children to interact and share personal experiences. This non-judgmental talking time allows participants to connect, release, and reflect or if in a group - learn from each other. Stories also include a positive self-talk. Children will call upon each memorized “Positive Self Talk” during challenging times that arrive in life.
Bullying for example is a concern among both educators and parents. Bullying begins in a setting that lacks community or connectedness. Powerful You is a tool to help transform any classroom or home environment by providing a tool to address concerns like bullying at the core – with community and connectedness woven into each story.