I Am Awesome: A Healthy Workbook for Kids (Color Version)
The author draws on more than 40 years of experience educating middle school children, and her book offers chapters on developing six types of maturity: personal, emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and ethical. Each one opens with a three- to four-paragraph definition and description of that chapter's topic. Several activities follow that allow children to explore that topic in depth, including quizzes, fill-in-the-blank games, and graphs. The author also gives readers the opportunity to draw pictures, record personal experiences, and more. One activity, "Adult Interview, provides a list of questions for children to ask parents or guardians about their early lives, including, "What would you change about your childhood? The fun activity pages are designed so that readers can easily put them down and resume them later without confusion. After this interactive portion, Richards provides a page of "inspirational thoughts on the topic, encouraging introspection and introducing children to authors, philosophers, and historical figures (including Samuel Johnson, Maya Angelou, Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso, and many others) that they may encounter later in their education. Richards quotes Mother Teresa in the chapter on ethical maturity: "It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing. Finally, each chapter concludes with suggestions for goals that children may set for themselves (such as researching a topic of particular interest, keeping a reading log, or reading aloud to preschool children), strategies for accomplishing them, and graphs to chart their progress. The book doesn't contain any large blocks of text, which will appeal to readers of all levels. The colorful illustrations and graphics enhance the work but seem more appropriate for children at the lower end of the recommended 8-14 age range. Younger teens may say the workbook is "uncool but secretly like it; tweens, however, will adore it, and even adults may benefit from its recommendations. Richards presents the concepts, which may be new to younger readers, in a clear, easily understood manner without condescension or preaching. With some explanation by adults, the workbook could even function as a read-aloud for younger children. In general, it's an excellent way to encourage reflection in kids of all ages.A well-crafted resource for youngsters and anyone else interested in personal self-improvement.
A fun debut workbook to help tweens and teens develop self-esteem, created by former health and physical education instructor Richards.
Introduce your children to the power of being emotionally and physically healthy! Written with the distinct goal of helping tweens and early teens develop a healthy, positive self esteem, each of the 6 chapters focuses on one of the six types of maturity: Personal, Emotional, Physical, Social, Intellectual and Ethical.
Topically, students will evaluate their personal support systems and future goals: how to deal with stress (as well as those things that "push their buttons"); proper hygiene, nutrition and the value of physical activities; manners; choosing friends; job interviews and intellectual goals; and understanding their personal value system; understanding consequences; empathy and random acts of kindness. The appendix provides additional resources to support development including a calendar of interesting dates to celebrate, things to do when bored, skills to teach yourself, party theme ideas, stress relievers, how to deal with loss, signs and symptoms of eating disorders (in yourself or a friend), helplines list of emergency phone numbers and even a listing of birth signs (zodiac).
Consumable workbook is available with black and white graphics and text or in a full color version (content is the same in both). 187 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne