Better Days: A Workbook to Help Kids Better Understand and Accept Retention (Helping Kids Heal #5) (Paperback)

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Better Days: A Workbook to Help Kids Better Understand and Accept Retention (Helping Kids Heal #5) By Erainna Winnett Cover Image


Has your child's educational team recommended he or she repeat a grade? Is your child struggling with feelings of being "stupid" or a failure?

One of the best things about the end of the school year is promotion day and the excitement and anticipation of entering a new grade the next school year. However, some students are not promoted, and that can understandably cause many children to feel they aren't intelligent. If your child is struggling emotionally because he or she will be repeating a grade, you will find this activity book a valuable tool to help you support your child in dealing with this often necessary, but difficult, life event.

Using Better Days, parents can work directly with their children (ages 6 to 10) as they focus on positive characteristics rather than the negative things that caused retention.

  • fun cartoon characters designed to capture children's attention
  • engaging activities that help children identify their best characteristics and goals for the year
  • exercises to help them feel in control and more confident as they begin the school year
  • visual journaling alongside therapeutic drawing that helps children identify and articulate how they see themselves
  • daily reflection journal to implement what they've learned

By spending just ten minutes a day engaged with the more than thirty activities in this book, your child will learn to identify how to feel more confident as he or she prepares to repeat a grade. Get started today and help your child continue a successful journey toward academic achievement.

What parents are saying

"When my son's teacher and counselor recommended that he repeat the third grade, I agreed, but I knew it would crush his spirit. He was already struggling with feeling he wasn't as smart as other kids. I was so grateful when his teacher and counselor handed me Better Days, and we were only on the third activity when he suddenly announced that he could be the teacher's assistant. It's now about halfway through the school year, and the lessons he was struggling with so hard last year have started coming together for him in a way that he truly understands now."

"My daughter is ten years old and was sick a lot last year. We finally got the right diagnosis and she's on her way to being completely healthy. But because she missed so many days of school and her illness made it difficult for her to concentrate, we felt it would be better for her to repeat the fifth grade. I'll never forget the look on her face when we told her. She said it was worse than going to a new school. We spent the summer working in the Better Days workbook, and she realizes how behind she would have been if she'd gone on in to the sixth grade. Now she sees that she just needed to 'practice' the fifth grade is doing great. Thank you for helping her spirit to come back after her health did."

"I've been a fourth-grade teacher for thirty years and over the years have had the difficult time of recommending several students repeat. I've never regretted a recommendation but it's hard to see the look of defeat in many of the kids' eyes. I am so glad this workbook finally came along. I feel like I have something to give parents to help them and their kids feel more confident in the decision."

About the Author

Child education and counseling expert Erainna Winnett brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, counseling, and raising children to the hot-button issues every child faces today. Helping Kids Heal is a series of activity books written with healing in mind. Each book addresses real world problems children face on a daily basis. Through therapeutic art and writing exercises, kids can express their feelings and learn how to deal with those feelings in appropriate ways. Designed for children ages 6-12, these activity books are meant to be used as a counseling tool to foster a positive self-image and healthy coping strategies and to provide parents, educators, and counselors with tools to assist children as they process and work through some of today's toughest issues. Erainna was born and raised in central Louisiana. The oldest of five children she always yearned to be a teacher and forced her siblings to play school year round. Naturally, she graduated with a teaching degree in 1995 and earned her Master's degree in 2000. Five years later she earned her Education Specialist degree in early childhood education. After fifteen years in the classroom, she moved to the role of school counselor and has never been happier. While serving as school counselor at an elementary school in northeast Texas, she frequently uses children's books as therapy to help her students heal, learn and grow. Ideas for her books come from the students she works with on a daily basis. Her goal, as an author, is to touch the hearts of children, one story at a time. Erainna has written over thirty books designed to guide parents, teachers, and counselors as they help children to become their best self. Erainna lives on a 300 acre cattle ranch near the Red River with her husband, two daughters, three dogs, two horses, and one ill-tempered cat.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780615983547
ISBN-10: 0615983545
Publisher: Counseling with Heart
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Helping Kids Heal