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GROW YOUR MIND MANUAL

If you are a teacher and wanting to know where to start with Grow Your Mind - check out our manual. It takes you through how to start using the program with or without a kit.

TEACHING OVERVIEW

 Want to get a quick grasp on the topics covered in GYM? Have a read of this document!

RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST

Looking for more ways to embed Grow Your Mind? Get your library involved or start reading any of the texts in this guide in your class. Let us know if you have other recommendations!

 GROW YOUR MIND lessons

12 interactive lesson plans linked to the curriculum to get you started in the classroom. 

stick in your favourite books

Want to order your literature, so anyone can open a book and understand quickly the values it promotes? Download these and begin building your wellbeing library.

Strength discussion pointers

 A student friendly way to explain each character strength, what it looks like in the classroom and playground. Use with our strengths poster, lesson plans and Flip to Flourish.

colour me in

emotional regulation
use alone or with lesson 1


Brain awareness - colour each animal
use alone or with lesson 1


growth mindset tree
use alone or with lesson 6

worksheet world

Animal grow & shrink 
FOR: 1-6 
THEME: BRAIN AWARENESS 
 TO GO WITH: animal posters & lesson 1


breathing syles - for teachers to read
FOR: pre k-6 
THEME: mindfulness
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 1


brain chant - for teachers to read
 FOR: 1-6
 THEME: brain awareness 
TO GO WITH: brain poster & lesson 1
role of the animals
FOR: 1-6
THEME: brain awareness
 TO GO WITH: brain poster & lesson 1


internal weather 
FOR: pre k-6 
THEME: mindfulness
 TO GO WITH: traffic light poster & lesson 2


internal weather description 
 FOR: 1-6
 THEME: mindfulness
TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 2
gratitude letter
FOR: 2-6 
THEME: gratitude 
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & Lesson 2


meditation - for teachers to read
FOR: k-6 
THEME: optimisim 
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 2


animal yoga - for teachers to read
 FOR: pre k - 6
 THEME: brain awareness 
TO GO WITH:  brain poster & lesson 2
animal yoga - for teachers to read
 FOR: pre k - 6
 THEME: brain awareness 
TO GO WITH:  brain poster & lesson 2


dear wise owl
FOR: 3-6 
THEME: brain awareness 
 TO GO WITH: brain poster & lesson 3/4


dear wise owl
FOR: k-2 
THEME: brain awareness
 TO GO WITH: brain poster & Lesson 3/4
DOSE OF WELLBEING 
FOR: 3-6 
THEME: BRAIN AWARENESS 
 TO GO WITH: DOSE POSTER & Lesson 3/4


find a feeling
FOR: 3-6 
THEME: emotional literacy
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 3/4


ADD YET 
 FOR: 3-6
 THEME: Growth Mindset 
TO GO WITH: Growth mindset tree poster & lesson 5
shark vs dolphin thinking  
FOR: 3-6 
THEME: optimisim 
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 6


find a strength 
FOR: 3-6 
THEME: character strengths 
 TO GO WITH: character strengths poster & lesson 7


no mud no lotus 
 FOR: 3-6
 THEME: Grit & resilience
TO GO WITH:  Growth mindset tree poster & lesson 7
know & grow a strength
FOR: 2-6 
THEME: character strengths 
 TO GO WITH: character strengths poster & lesson 7


no mud no lotus 
 FOR: 3-6
 THEME: Grit & resilience
TO GO WITH:  Growth mindset tree poster & lesson 7


kindness intention
FOR: 2-6 
THEME: kindness
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & lesson 8

comprehension tasks

Dear kids love your brain
FOR: 5- 6 
THEME: BRAIN AWARENESS 
 TO GO WITH: DOSE POSTER & ext to GYM lessons


the science of compassion  
FOR: 5-6
THEME: compassion 
 TO GO WITH: flip to flourish & ext to gym lessons


insular cortex 
 FOR: 5-6
 THEME: brain awareness 
TO GO WITH: dose poster & ext to gym lessons

ext. themes on relationships to dive into

healthy friendships - should nourish you
FOR: 3-6
THEME: relationships
 how to use: invite students to write their ingredients for a healthy friendship


connection 
FOR: pre k-6
THEME: relationships
 how to use: get students to create conversation starters & start connecting


managing conflict
 FOR: 3-6
 THEME: relationships
how to use: invite students to aim for small guard dogs when next addressing conflict. Ask them to reframe the way they approach conflict

 a few final goodies

teacher daily checklist
FOR: pre k - 6
THEME: whole school wellbeing
 how to use: stick it nearby & use as a reminder for ways to briefly boost class wellbeing


weeds & flowers worksheet
FOR: k-6
THEME: resilience
 how to use: students match statements with either weeds or flowers - play it with our board game



SAMPLE NEWSLETTER TIPS


After a whole school common language? Communication between school and home is incredibly important. Here are some samples, feel free to cut, paste and edit as you wish.