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social skills
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Activities for Teaching Social Skills,
Self Management & Respectful Living

Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

These ready-to-use lessons for grades 3 throuh 8 have been created to give you engaging, yet powerful, new tools to use in helping your students lay a solid foundation in developing critical life skills. These carefully crafted activities explore the following areas and many more:
◼ Respecting Self and Others
◼ Expressing Gratitude
◼ Being Responsible and Dependable
◼ Controlling Anger
◼ Overcoming Harmful Peer Pressure
◼ Valuing Differences
This book will be an important addition to you SEL repertoire. More… 

Grades 3-8, 108 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducible activities
IP9057
$21.95
Getting Along

Getting Along

Social Skills Activities for Middle and
High School Students

Dianne Schilling

Scores of concrete, instantly usable activities, role plays, games, simulations and worksheets that teach specific pro- social skills in an enjoyable fashion. These inspiring activities engage students in learning about respect and responsibility, empathy and understanding, and true connectedness between all people. Some of the best activities we have for teaching the real meaning of Getting Along! More… 

Grades 6-12, 128 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9012
$21.95
Everybody Wins

Everybody Wins!

100 Social-Emotional Learning Games That Children Should Play

Terri Akin & Dianne Schilling

Grab the attention of your students with something that’s fun and important to them—games. This enjoyable, eclectic, non-competitive collection of kid-friendly games focuses on a win-win approach while teaching valuable skills of cooperation, inclusion, self-esteem and creativity. Everyone plays, learns, has fun, and no one loses. Written with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, the wide variety of games offers hours of activities. Everything from physical action games to brain games to creating games, and more. If you’re working with kids in any capacity, you need this book. More…

All ages, 160 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
IP9009
$19.95
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Magic Circle

Language Devolopment and Social-Emotional Learning for the Early Years

Gerry Dunne, Ph.D.

With dozens and dozens of engaging Magic Circle activities you can bring even the most reticent child into the wonderful world of oral language expression and social developmen, allt within the safety provided by every circle activity. This is a terrific resource for pre-school, home school and the whole range of early-years learning settings. Every activity is simple to use and perfectly suited for children in this age group. More… 

Early Childhhood (Pre-k/Kindergarten), 134 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducible activities
IP9060
$25.95

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self understanding
All About Me

All About Me

Reproducible Activity Sheets to Develop
Self-Awareness, Self-Concept, and Life Skills
in Your Students

Susanna Palomares

You and your kids will love these fun, enjoyable, delightfully illustrated ready-to-use worksheets. Eighty-eight separate activity pages involve your students in the development of their own self-concept, confidence, awareness, and resiliency. Organized around recognized building blocks of social-emotional learning; identity, belonging, purpose, and competence, they provide quick, easily implemented experiences in vital issues. Appropriate for use with individuals, small groups and classrooms.
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Grade 2-6, 104 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducible activities
IP4869
$19.95
Searching for Solace

Searching for Solace

Dealing with My Father's Suicide

Ilana Greenstein

Here is a book you will want every young person who is dealing with the suicide of a parent to have. In her journalling Ilana Greenstein discovered who she was, defined the relationship she had with her father, created a pathway on which to move forward, and engaged in a healing process that has allowed her to view the tragic events of her father's suicide from a healthy perspective. She has given all those who find themselves where she was a wonderful gift of healing and reconciliation. More than just her journal, the book is filled with thought-provoking reflection pages where the reader is invited to view Ilana's journey through the eyes of his or her own personal experience. An amazing story with an amazing impact.
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Teens and Young Adults, 110 pages, 6 x9, paperback
IP9059
$16.95
The Inside Story

The Inside Story

Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness for Kids

Susanna Palomares

Use this totally reproducible, hands-on journal/workbook to enhance self-understanding, clarify values, develop coping skills, foster positive attitudes, and heighten creativity in your students. You'll find that the thought-provoking questions and pages of striking graphics will encourage students to explore their feelings, thoughts, attitudes, values, doubts and dilemmas and to write about them. A great resource for counselors, teachers and parents! Buy one book and make as many copies of selected pages as you need. More… 

Grades 3-9, 104 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, exercises, reproducibles
IP9018
$19.95

The Inside Story

Understanding Me

Reproducible Masters for Building Life Skills and
Self-Esteem in Teens

Dianne Schilling & Gerry Dunne

Teach teens how to handle important life issues and concerns with these easy-to-use, entirely reproducible worksheets.
Understanding Me contains more than 85 relevant activity pages all designed to promote student insight and understanding around significant life skill areas. These relevant activity sheets are also designed to provide suggestions for generating discussion and background for teacher/counselor led presentations.

• Decision-making • Problem-solving • Communication • Listening
• Leadership • Goal setting • Friendship • Careers • Responsibility
• Managing time • Managing conflict • Trust • Justice • Money
• Creativity • Values • Initiative

Packed with meaningful information for teens to learn new ideas, attitudes, behaviors, perspectives, and skills while promoting self-awareness and self-esteem. These flexible worksheets can be used by anyone working with teens – teachers, counselors, youth group and after-school leaders, home-schoolers, and parents. More…  

Grades 7-12, 104 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, exercises, reproducibles
IP9005
$21.95

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emotional intelligence
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After-School Explorations

Fun, Ready-to-Use Activities for Kids Ages 5-12

Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

Here is a great way to teach and reinforce learnings in the areas of reading, writing, oral language, and listening – all vital areas in the academic spectrum. All this takes place against a background of fun and engaging activities that build important social and emotional learnings such as getting along, managing conflict and anger, heightening self-control, problem solving, and valuing family and community. After-School Explorations is a wonderful resource with which to add to or build the kind of experiences you want for your children.
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Ages 5-12, 156 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9058
$26.95
Brain Friendly Guidance Activities

Brain Friendly Guidance Activities to Build Emotional Intelligence

Connie Messina

Chock full of easy, enjoyable and effective lessons, this book teaches self-awareness, communication, and decision-making/problem-solving skills that work. Successful presenters know that they need to quickly capture and hold the attention of audiences through joyful, active learning. These activities are guaranteed to do just that! The author shares her favorite lessons from years of award-winning work in K-12 schools as well as experience teaching college students and other adult audiences. Guaranteed to touch your heart and enhance your wisdom! More…

Grades K-12, 122 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IDB2123
$23.95
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Hearts and Minds
An After-School Program for Developing Reading Literacy and Emotional Intelligence

Susanna Palomares, Trish Rowland & Kelly Rowland

Here's a book designed specifically for use with elementary grade, after-school programs. Through a creatively designed curriculum, you have the fun and engaging tools to not only bring life to your program but to build reading literacy in the context of developing social and emotional competencies. The instructional strategies that drive Hearts and Minds are time tested and powerful while being simple to implement. This is an important addition to the core strength of your after-school program. More… 

Grades 3-6, 158 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducibles
IP9061
$28.95
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Reaching Young Children

Active Guidance Lessons for the Pre-Kindergarten through Primary Classroom

Amie Chalberg

Take advantage of children’s natural desire to move and “play out” their lessons to teach important skills. This activity book incorporates movement, visualization, verbalization, sensory experiences, and fun games in creating an optimal “hands-on” learning experience. Through these engaging learning activities, children explore, solve problems, and build relationships.
With multiple options for implementation this versatile resource provides lessons that align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national standards. The curriculum also includes an evaluation component and reporting system for accountability. Chapters include:
• Self-Discovery • Self-Control • Problem Solving • Safety
• Emotional Management • Communication Skills
• Learning and Career
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Grades PreK-3, 145 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IDB2021
$23.95
Talking with Kids About EQ

Sharing Circles: Guided Discussions for Developing Emotional Intelligence

Susanna Palomares & David Cowan

Sharing Circles are the EQ super-strategy and this book is chock full of them! In what better way can you develop the emotional intelligence of your students than by participation in relevant discussions about things that are important to them? This powerful and versatile instructional strategy is unusually effective as a tool for developing self-awareness, self-control, the ability to understand and manage feelings, empathy, cooperation, responsibility, communication, strategies for managing conflict and stress, and group interaction skills. A must-have addition to your EQ repertoire. More… 

Grades 3-12, 124 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9038
$19.95
Social-Emotional Learning Activities for After-School and Summer Programs

Social-Emotional Learning Activities for After-School and Summer Programs

Susanna Palomares

Use these easy-to-implement, high-interest activities to help your children learn new and effective skills and behaviors for getting along with others and managing their own emotions. Social and emotional skills are fundamental to success in life, and children should be consistently helped to develop them. This rich and ready resource is packed with everything you need to bring these important skills to life with your group of kids. It’s full of stimulating, enjoyable experiences that you can grasp at a glance and use immediately. Activities help children to:
• work collaboratively and considerately with others • learn important aspects of communicating - listening, speaking, writing, and reading • value and respect individual differences • manage difficult emotions • learn refusal and resistance skills • activate positive esteem and self-awareness • develop a sense of belonging. More…

Grades 2-8, 108 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9051
$21.95
Sharing Circle Handbook

The Sharing Circle Handbook

Social-Emotional Learning Topics for Teaching
Self-Awareness, Communication, and Social Skills

Susanna Palomares, Sandy Schuster & Cheryl Watkins

Today, more than ever, all students need a safe place to share their feelings and concerns with supportive peers and an attentive, caring adult. This unique, easy to implement, and highly-effective discussion process, based on years of experience in teaching and leading discussion groups worldwide, provides you with a proven and highly acclaimed way to reach young people of all ages. Through participation in Sharing Circles, you'll help your students to get to know who they are, how they function, how they relate to others, and to learn to believe in themselves. Most importantly, it provides the safety net of social bonding with others – perhaps the most important link to violence prevention, safe schools, and the development of emotional intelligence. Connect with all your students through this simple yet profound process. More… 

All ages, 182 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
IP9007
$19.95
Treasure Chest of Group Activities

Treasure Chest of Group Activities

Dianne Schilling, Susanna Palomares & Cathy Winch

This collection of counseling resources is certainly a “treasure.” It's 350 content pages is a collection of group activities designed for counselors to assist children in developing critical life-skills including the essential components of physical, emotional, and social development. The Treasure Chest addresses all these vital areas:
• Life Skills
• Learning Stretegies
• Health and Wellness
• Emotional Intelligence
• Diversity
• Conflict Management
• Character Education
• Careers
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Grades 3-8, 350 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, 8 section tabs, vinyl box
IDB2010
$64.95

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Life Skills
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Helping Teens Reach Their Dreams

Activities for Developing the Social-Emotional Skills of School and Life Success

Dianne Schilling & Susanna Palomares

You'll find over 70 high-interest activities, discussions, role plays, simulations, and reproducible handouts that develop in students self-motivation, positive attitudes, effective communication skills, decision-making, problem-solving and planning skills, reasonable self-expectations and a personal vision. This book helps you demonstrate to your students, through enjoyable activities, that the gap between dreams and accomplishments is filled, not with luck and more dreaming, but with planning and action. Teach your students how to develop written goals, make deliberate, considered decisions, communicate effectively, create step-by-step plans of action, motivate themselves, understand and effectively use self-talk and affirmations to control their attitudes.
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Grades 6-12, 152 pages, 8-1/4 x 11, paperback
IP9043
$23.95
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Life Skills and Success Tips,
A Teen Handbook

David Cowan & Dianne Schilling

This straightforward, delightfully illustrated, fully reproducible handbook gets teenagers to stop and focus on their own development. Enjoyable activities ask them to look at who they are, what they want to be (and be like), their dreams, aspirations and interests. It encourages them to take stock of their own “developmental assets,” observe other people to find out what works and doesn’t work in life, and learn important intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. Activity sheets cover these vital areas:
• Knowing Yourself, Counting Your Assets
• Understanding Your Emotions • Building Health and Fitness
• Communicating Effectively • Controlling Self-Talk
• Being a Great Friend • Setting and Achieving Goals
• Getting Involved in the Community
• Making Decisions and Solving Problems • Managing Conflict
• Being Assertive (Self-Determination) • Taking Leadership Roles
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Ages 12-18, 96 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9063
$28.95
101 Life Skills

101 Life 'Skills Discussion Topics

David Cowan & Susanna Palomares

Here is a collection of powerful, small-group discussion activities called Sharing Circles. This proven interactive process will bring focus to vital life skills in the following areas:

• Self-Awarenss • Feelings and Wellness • Relating to Others • Learning and Creativity • Decision Making and Problem Solving • Acting Assertively.

With specific discussion topics at hand you can tailor the conversations you have with students to optimize learning and to make the greatest impact as an education professional. The book also provides the teacher and/or counselor with detailed background information and a solid theory base, plus comprehensive instructions in the Sharing Circle process.
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All ages, 140 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9067
$27.95
Everybody Wins

Preparing Teens for the Contemporary Workforce

Reproducible Masters For Teaching Life Skills and
Career Development

Dianne Schilling, Pat Schwallie-Giddis & W. James Giddis

This fully reproducible activity book is a timely guide designed to impact vital employability skills, and to give students an awareness of the relationship between education and the skills required for success in the work place. Easy-to-use with language, layout and graphics that guarantee student use and comprehension. Students come to see how these employability skills apply to their lives now and to identify exactly what they can do to improve in these important areas. The reproducible activity sheets for students target vital job-finding and job-keeping skills. More…  

All ages, 140 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9027
$24.95

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Conflict management
Anger and Conflict Managment—Leader's Guide

Anger and Conflict Management:
Leader’s Guide

Gerry Dunne, Ph.D.

Make an impact on your people whether teens or adults! Directions for a ten-hour class in five, two-hour sessions for teens and/or adults are provided in detail in this guide for leaders. Geared to the Anger and Conflict Management: Personal Handbook, the Leader’s Guide offers numerous experiential activities to create a safe, yet lively, class. Explains how to help participants gain maximum benefits from their Personal Handbooks. More…

Adult, 64 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IDB2110
$14.95
Anger and Conflict Managemtn Personal Handbook

Anger and Conflict Management:
Personal Handbook

Gerry Dunne, Ph.D.

Loaded with engaging content elements, participants are given ideas, information and space for reactions while learning lots of strategies — intelligent things to say and do when a conflict occurs or is about to occur. Along with the Leader's Guide, the Personal Handbook gives you a complete program for addressing the real-life issues associated with anger and conflict. You can now help both teens and adults learn to be assertive and channel anger into productive responses; learn to respect self and others; learn effective interpersonal skills and self-control. More…

Teens/Adults, 96 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IDB2109
$18.95
Anger and Conflict Management 10-Pack

Anger and Conflict Management:
Personal Handbook (10-Book Package)

Enjoy the savings from buying this Personal Handbook 10-Pack.

IDB2109A
$169.95
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Anger Control and Conflict
Management for Kids

A Learning Guide for the Elementary Grades

Susanna Palomares & Terri Akin

Being in control of anger and able to manage conflict are vital skills we all need to successfully navigate our ways through life. This is becasue both anger and conflict are natural events in life. This is a powerful tool to use with kids just as they are in the most opportune times of their lives to develop these learnings. Give your students these skills with engaging, fun, and impactful activities and experiences. More… 

Grades K-6, 134 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9055
$24.95
Teaching the Skills of Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution Skills for Teens

David Cowan, Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

As children move into their teenage years, conflict becomes an ever more serious intrusion in their lives. Being able to manage conflict to produce effective resolution is an essential skill if they are to enjoy a full message of success as teens and later as they become adults. This book supplies techniques necessary for effective conflict resolution. Specific activities cover areas such as handling confrontations, the language of conflict, coping with anger, managing moods and dealing with criticism, rules for fighting fair and exploring alternatives to conflict. The best book available for teaching conflict resolution to youth.
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Grades 7-12, 160 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducibles
IP9023
$25.95
Taking Charge of Organizational Conflict

Taking Charge of Organizational Conflict

A Guide to Managing Anger and Confrontation

David Cowan

This powerful book offers specific and dynamic approaches that show how to: handle difficult encounters skillfully, diffuse and contain confrontations, and train staff to prevent and productively resolve conflicts. It is written to use as a personal resource or as a training guide. A must for every educational leader who is concerned about enhancing group interaction. More…

Grade 4-Adults, 182 pages, 6 x 9, paperback – $18.95, IDB2016
IDB2016
$18.95
Teaching the Skills of Conflict Resolution

Teaching The Skills of Conflict Resolution

Activities and Strategies – Grades K-8

David Cowan, Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

Our best-selling conflict management activity book is a must have for anyone working with elementary/middle school students today. These prevention-oriented activities and strategies will help you reduce conflict through the creation of a more peaceful, cooperative environment and be able to use win-win strategies to resolve conflicts when they do occur. Seven thematic units provide over 70 enriching activities (many with reproducible handouts). All activities include discussion questions designed to promote awareness and higher level thinking.
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Grades K-8, 186 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducibles
IP9008
$24.95

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Tolerance & Diversity
Lesson in Tolerance and Diversity

Lessons in Tolerance and Diversity

Susanna Palomares

Lessons in Tolerance and Diversity is designed to provide you with valuable tools that help reduce racial, religious, ethnic and social prejudice and to promote tolerance and the celebration of diversity. You'll help your students better understand the roots of stereotyping and prejudice while examining some of the influences that form their own ideas about race, disabilities and other differences while exploring how stereotypes influence behavior. These lessons are presented in a logical, developmental sequence, from valuing self and cultural identity through communication and conflict management to cooperation and team building. They are designed to help your students counter influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others by helping them to develop self-awareness, esteem for self and others, communication and conflict management skills, and capacities for independent judgment, critical thinking and ethical reasoning. Through the design of the activities and discussion questions, students share their ideas, beliefs and perspectives, and interact with others who may or may not share their points of view. Out of this interaction they learn to withhold judgment, question their own ideas, exercise flexibility and, ultimately, embrace the richness of diversity. This is a must-have guide for all who want to encourage tolerant attitudes among young people. Includes high interest activities, stimulating discussions and reproducibles. More… 

Grades 2-12, 112 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9041
$19.95

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Character
Caring and Capable Kids

Caring and Capable Kids

A Character Curriculum for Teaching Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Self-Control

Linda K. Williams, Dianne Schilling & Susanna Palomares

This award-winning activity book provides you with a wealth of creative ideas for helping your children develop empathy and compassion, recognize the real-life consequences of acts of violence, deal effectively with anger, communicate clearly, resist negative peer pressure, and exercise sound judgment and self-discipline when confronted with tough decisions. You'll find creative and energizing activities, individual worksheets, stories, songs, and stimulating discussion questions. A wealth of ideas for engaging students’ minds and touching their emotions.
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Grades K-8, 202 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9029
$24.95
Helping Kids Make Wise Choices and Reduce Risky Behavior

Helping Kids Make Wise Choices and Reduce Risky Behavior

Terri Akin, Gerry Dunne & Dianne Schilling

Kids make choices daily and in many different ways—freely, wisely, impulsively. Occasionally a poor choice leads to a good outcome, but as anyone who has suffered the consequences of a foolish mistake can attest, good outcomes usually come from wise, thoughtful decision making. Focusing on key ingredients like self-esteem and personal strength, the authors provide essential health and safety information while teaching vital decision-making skills. Activities are fun and engaging, yet packed with important information and skill practice. Topic areas include: Self-Esteem, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Assertiveness, OTC Drugs, Smoking & Marijuana, Stress Management, Peer and Gang Pressure, Media Influences, Resistance and Refusal Skills, Anger Management, Role Models & Support Systems, Health and Safety.
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Grades 3-8, 104 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9044
$21.95
Talking with Kids About Character

Sharing Circles: Guided Discussions for Developing Character

Susanna Palomares & David Cowan

What better way to develop character in your students than by involving them in relevant discussions about ethics and moral reasoning? Sharing Circles are the character development super-strategy, and this book is filled with this powerful and versatile tool. Help students learn the value of virtue and how to develop and draw on inner reserves of moral conviction. Inspiring topics cover such areas as:

• empathy • respect • open-mindedness • fairness
• generosity • forgiveness • perseverance • responsibility
• trustworthiness• honesty • citizenship • positive attitude
• courage
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Grades 3-12, 124 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9045
$19.95
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The Adventures of Mali & Keela
A Virtues Book for Children

Jonathan Collins

Here is collection of thirteen stories (with 40 black/white illustrations) that brings virtues to life through lively, entertaining adventure tales designed to be read aloud to young listeners. See children actively engage with the discussion topics that follow each story and with their age-appropriate definitions of the virtues. Questions are also provided to engage the child in conversation about the concepts in the story and to foster a more profound understanding of the virtues. This is an indispensible tool for addressing this part of character education. More…

Ages 5-7, 144 pages, 7-1/4 x 9-1/4, paperback
IDB2017
$15.95
Virtues, Values, and the Very Best You

Virtues, Values, and the Very Best You
Building Character in Kids

Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

Use these impactful activities to develop the skills of positive character in your students. Closely aligned with social and emotional learning, the universal values promoted in this book are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, and citizenship. You'll find easy and fun ways to teach your children the important attributes required to be contributing, successful, and cooperative members of school, home, and society. More… 

Grades 3-9, 154 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9037
$23.95

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counseling
Counseling Underachievers

Activities For Counseling Underachievers

Jeanne C. Bleuer, Susanna Palomares & Garry Walz

Help your students learn that they can be in charge of their own achievement by giving them the awareness and tools to do so. In addition to enriching learning lessons, you’ll find particular value in the Achievement Potential Survey, a self-assessment that has each student identify the perceptions, abilities, and behaviors that are contributing to their underachievement.

You’ll receive complete instruction for how to help your underachievers develop an action plan based on their unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Help these students identify, learn from, and build on their assets, barriers, and concerns as they learn how to manage each so that they’re experiencing high levels of achievement and success.
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Grades 5-12, 132 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
IP9016
$19.95
Counselor in the Classroom

Counselor in the Classroom

Activities and Strategies for an Effective Classroom Guidance Program

Pat Schwallie-Giddis, David Cowan & Dianne Schilling

You’ll love this exciting, up-to-the-minute approach to school counseling! Packed with instantly usable activities to help you increase your value as a counselor by working cooperatively with teachers to provide guidance activities and instruction—right in the classroom. Take it from these experienced and highly respected educators—it’s time to expand your horizons! Each activity is a stimulating 30-50 minute lesson. Many include reproducibles to leave with the teacher when you go. More…

Grades K-6, 170 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback $32.95, IDB2017
IP9062
$29.95
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Involvement

Cathrine Kellison McLaughlin

A comprehensive guide to building and maintaining an active core of committed parents who support the mission and policies of the school, work closely with teachers, help constructively with homework, set learning goals for themselves as well as their children, and share their skills with other parents.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Involvement fills the voids that keep parents from becoming motivated and involved. It tells you how to have parents turn out in numbers, and precisely how to train them and effectively utilize their skills. Includes step-by-step guidelines for forming and managing parent groups, along with activities and sample tools — letters, memos, surveys, and more. Talks directly to those involved with children, from preschool through high school. More…

PreK-12, 184 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9052
$25.95
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Group Activities for Kids Who Hurt

Providing Help Through Loss and Transition

Sally Jo Blair

Based on years of working with children who were suffering from the pain of loss, trauma, and transition has resulted in this caring and insightful resource. It gives you highly effective and usable tools to help kids in grades 3 through 8 successfully deal with painful issues. Here are group experiences that not only ease the pain, but help develop resiliency and lifeskills necessary to cope with these situations as they arise in life. These activities and experiences allow children to find the learnings that dwell in every painful event. Most of all, however, this book gives you what you need to reduce the suffering and move the healing process forward. More…

Grades 3-8, 104 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducibles
IP9053
$21.95
Helping Kids Manage Grief, Fear and Anger

Helping Kids Manage Grief, Fear and Anger

Terri Akin, David Cowan, Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

Too often children are left vulnerable to thes potentially debilitating emotions. In this book you'll find effective experiences for helping children understand and cope with these three intense emotions which, left unmanaged, can lead to deep psychological disturbances and/or inappropriate acting-out behaviors. With this collection of activities and ready-to-use blackline masters, you can help children explore, understand and express their feelings in safe and acceptable ways. Special emphasis is placed on learning to make positive behavioral choices in response to feelings of grief, fear, and anger. This easy-to-use, yet powerful collection of experiences and information can have far ranging beneficial effects—both as an effective prevention program and a tool for immediate intervention. More… 

Grades 3-8, 116 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9040
$21.95
Less Stress Elementary

Less Stress = More Success
Teaching Relaxation and Stress Management to Kids

Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

Before children even have a name for it, stress has become a part of their life experience. With all its dynnamics stess has an important place in every life. It is only when stress interferes with the life of a youngster that it begins to diminish that life experience. School is a place where stress can and often does interfere with a child's ability to perform. School then becomes one of the very best places to teach children how to cope with and mange stress so that its important role as an indicator of things in life that need attention isn't lost in its potential for reducing effectiveness and compromising happiness. This book is an important tool to teach stress management and to introduce relaxation as one of the very best stress managment strategies. Learnings developed in the elementary grades become a part of each child's skill set as they move forward through life.
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Grades 3-6, 126 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9065
$28.95

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Less Stress = More Success
50 Activities for Teaching Relaxation
and Stress Management to Teens

Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling

This timely book provides concrete and useful strategies to help students get in touch with the effects of stress in their lives, and more importantly, helps students learn what they can do about it.

Stress has an enormous impact on the ability of students to learn. The body’s defense system is built for short-term physical stressors, not long-term psychological and emotional stress, which can lead to health problems, memory loss, severe learning difficulties, and angry outbursts. Less Student Stress, More School Success includes meaningful activities and impactful student “experience sheets” designed to help students understand what causes stress, identify sources of personal stress, and learn strategies for managing stress. Activities cover relaxation techniques; the roles of nutrition and exercise; success strategies such as goal setting, time management; and positive self-talk; and tips for dealing with anger, worry, and high-stakes testing. The relevant introduction covers current learning theory and brain science basics.
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Grades 6-12, 176 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9064
$29.95
Moving to Middle School

Moving to Middle School

Life Skills and Coping Skills for Successful Student Transition

Melodie Wenz-Gross, Ph.D., etal.

From orientation to invovlement to skill building this hands-on curriculum and activity guide is built on real application in real schools and has been clearly evaluated as an approach to transition that really works. Take advantage of the sixteen lessons that are included to prepare or to re-engage students who are preparing or who were inadequately prepared for their move to middle school. More…

Grades 5-8, 138 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IDB2134
$24.95
Immigrant Parents

Reaching Out to Immigrant Parents

What Educators Can Do

Cristina Casanova

This timely book provides you with specific guidance, tips and recommendations for helping immigrant parents participate actively in their children’s education and in the life of the school. When handled with knowledge and effectiveness, dealing with non-native parents can be a rewarding and beneficial experience. This book provides all the essentials. Learn how to:
• Communicate effectively with immigrant parents
• Inform parents of your school’s expectations
• Educate parents regarding the role of the school counselor and how the counselor can serve their particular needs
• Understand different cultures, customs and values, and how to put that knowledge to use
• Find and utilize a cultural broker
• Educate parents to routines and experiences at home that will help their children succeed in school
• Create counseling outreach or enhance other outreach programs
• Teach parents how to give positive feedback and validation, and help their children with social skills.
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All ages, 104 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
IP9047
$18.95
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The Crisis Counseling Guidebook

Carol Clarke & Virginia Vanderway

Are you ready for a crisis when it happens? You'll find a crisis toolkit in this book that will allow you to manage and begin repairing the damage that crisis events bring with them.

You'll find guidelines and tips on providing psychological first aid, reproducibles that tell parents how they can help when their child is in crisis, guidelines for group discussions related to a school crisis and immediate classroom intervention activities. It's easy to overlook things when crisis occurs. Here you'll find the details that need to be addressed and ways of doing so.

Specific crisis situations are examined and include:
• Death and loss
• Natural Disasters
• Suicide
• Deploying for war
• Violence and gang disturbances
• Kidnapping/abduction
• Terrorist and hostage situations
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All Ages, 120 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback, reproducibles
IP9056
$24.95
Top Ten Counselor Topics

Top 10 Topics for School Counselors

Favorite Group Activities for Grades 3-8

Roxanne Zusmer

Both new and experienced school counselors will find this exceptional handbook to be a valuable resource that addresses the important and challenging situations they confront everyday. Top 10 Topics will also prove valuable to counselor educators who train graduate students to do group-work. It is filled with reproducible activities, in-depth discussion questions, sample dialogue, parental permission letters, and background information. These clearly written activities can be used in large- and small-group settings, and they do not require the purchase of additional materials. You’ll have at your fingertips information and engaging activities on the following topics:
• Diversity and tolerance
• Transition, mobility, and adjustment to social, economic, and cultural changes
• Bully behaviors
• Harassment and conflict among students
• Divorce
• Grief and loss
• Self-awareness
• Peer relationships and friendship skills
• Communication skills
• Goal setting and organizational skills
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Grades 3-8, 194 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9054
$25.95

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Don't Get Hooked

Tobacco Awareness and Prevention Activities

David Cowan & Susanna Palomares

Succinct, timely, and cost-effective, Don't Get Hooked: Tobacco Awareness and Prevention Activities provides everything counselors, teachers, and all those who work with kids need to educate students about tobacco use and prevention. Sections cover the following focus areas:

• Learning about Nicotine
• Media Influences
• Refusal Skills

Each of these is developed through interesting discussions and fun, memorable activities for individuals, small groups, and classrooms. You'll find up-to-date information about nicotine as a drug and is based on sound practice and current research. More… 

Grades 5-12, 106 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, paperback
IP9050
$19.95

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