Children today need to develop strengths and acquire coping skills to bounce back from adversity and be prepared for challenging situations in life. Let’s face it - life can be tough! While it’s not possible to protect our children from all the tough stuff in life, we are able to equip them with the tools they need to build resilience and thrive!
Resilience Park is a comprehensive group counseling program with a CARNIVAL THEME that students are sure to enjoy! The program is designed to teach upper elementary students the crucial skills they need to adapt and bounce back when faced with difficulty, adversity, trauma, and any significant sources of stress. This 15-week curriculum - aligned with the ASCA standards - is PACKED with student activities, handouts, and games. Its versatility makes it perfect for classroom guidance and individual student counseling, too! You can choose to use any variety of these activities and games in multiple counseling settings if you choose not to implement the full curriculum in its entirety. Group session lesson plans are provided that include the objectives, materials, scripted discussion, and processing and reflection questions.
Students will begin their adventures in the Bounce Back Bounce House where they will be introduced to the key components of fostering resilience. The following areas are covered in depth throughout the program:
Positive Thinking Popcorn (positive thinking & optimism) *two lessons
Fish Bowl Feelings (emotion regulation) *two lessons
Bumper Cars Behavior (responsible & respectful behavior) *two lessons
Family and Friends Ferris Wheel (supportive relationships) *one lesson
Roller Coaster Relationships (empathy building & communication skills) *three lessons
Problem-Solving Pirate Ship (problem-solving skills) *two lessons
Self-Esteem Ice Cream (self-esteem & growth mindset) *two lessons
Merry-Goal-Round (setting SMART goals) *one lesson
A second PRINTER-FRIENDLY black and white version of this entire resource is also included. These pages use less ink. *Note - the number of pages indicated in the resource description does not include the printer-friendly set.
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Students will --
*learn the definition and importance of resilience
*learn the relationship between thoughts and feelings
*identify the difference between negative and positive thoughts
*identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts
*learn how problems come in different sizes that lead to different feelings
*learn the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors (reactions)
*learn expected, appropriate reactions to different situations
*recognize that reactions should match the size of the problem
*learn four questions to help guide expected behaviors
*learn and practice deep breathing to manage strong feelings
*learn and practice being mindful to manage strong feelings
*learn and practice visualization to manage strong feelings
*learn and practice the stop and think strategy
*learn how to accept responsibility for behavior
*learn how to give a proper apology
*learn how to accept the consequences
*identify people in their support system
*learn the importance of showing empathy and caring in their relationships
*practice showing empathy
*learn the importance of communication skills in relationships
*learn the difference between the three communication styles—passive, assertive, aggressive
*learn and practice using I-Messages
*replace passive and aggressive statements with assertive statements
*practice the 5 problem-solving steps
*learn the definition of self-esteem
*identify their own strengths and abilities in five areas
*learn the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset
*identify growth and fixed mindset statements
*learn how growth mindset and self-esteem are related
*learn the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve their goals
*learn the five parts of writing a SMART goal and write their own goal
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