16 May 2019

Small children processing big feelings

From Nine To Noon, 11:24 am on 16 May 2019
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Photo: Fran Hales

Kiwi-born teacher-turned-author of the internationally well-received I Feel Brave book series, Avril McDonald, writes 'little stories about big feelings' for four to seven year olds.

Additionally Avril has devised a couple of programmes which have been taken up in schools in New Zealand, to help primary school children learn to deal with difficult emotions like anxiety, and to have empathy for others, in a bid to guard against bullying. 

Avril tells Kathryn Ryan about the range of tools in her arsenal, which also include videos and this song  'Nothing Like a Good Friend' which encourages children to become more empathetic.