This fun and empowering class is designed to help students learn about anxiety in a creative and light-hearted way. Students will engage with their worries and fears through play, story telling, creative writing, movement, art, and self-reflection. There will be no quizzes or tests. But, students will be given light homework each week to help take their learning out of the classroom and into their daily lives.
We will start each week of class with a question in order to promote critical thinking and discussion amongst students. Lecture will be broken up with fun games, music, and other activities to keep kids engaged. Each child will be given a journal/workbook to go along with the course. Workbook pages will be given in sections to help children follow along with the class and stay present rather than jumping ahead.
Parental guidance, participation, and support is highly recommended throughout this course. It is suggested that parents engage in the homework assignments with their children and establish an ongoing dialogue about the material. Small kids can have big worries. It’s not easy for children to manage anxious thoughts and feelings by themselves. A parent’s guide will be offered as a handout for the course designed to help parents better support anxious children.
Week 1: What is Worry?
The first class will begin with student introductions and discussion based on the question “What is Worry?”. Students will learn how to define, label, and recognize worry and anxiety in themselves and others. During the last portion of class, students will be asked to draw a picture of their personal “what if monster” and “worry warrior” in their journals.
- Students will be given a worry workbook and journal to use throughout the course.
- A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Worry and Anxiety will also be provided.
- Worry Warrior music playlist link will be offered for kids who enjoy music and dance.
- Teacher will be reading Is a Worry Worrying You by Ferida Wolf and Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt during classes. Parents are welcome but not required to buy these books for their children.
- Students are required to have access to a printer to print the workbooks. They will also need drawing paper, pencil, and some form of art supplies to use during some of the classes. Students can choose their preference of crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.
- Ideally students will have enough space for some movement in the room they choose to take the course. They will be introduced to some yoga postures and will even be given an opportunity to dance if they choose to during at least one of the lessons.
Worry Warriors is currently offered as a live course through the Outschool platform.
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