The Worry Bug series consists of three books in english and Te reo Māori for children aged approx 4-12. The books are beautifully illustrated with peer-reviewed teaching notes and parent support notes which address mild to moderate anxiety in classrooms and homes. The books have been well received in the Canterbury area and following requests from principals and parents in Marlborough the New Zealand Red Cross have offered funding for every teacher and child aged 4 to year 9 to receive a copy.
The books are story based, using the principles of Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Theory. Massey University have been researching the books' efficacy since they launched in 2015. Teachers, parents and therapists can access further support resources via our website www.theworrybug.co.nz
The lesson plans are easily resourced and curriculum linked and your school will be supported in their delivery by the books creators- Sarina Dickson (Teacher) and Julie Burgess-Manning (Registered Psychologist). We will be asking participating schools to nominate a contact person within the school to be the main point of contact.
Over the next few weeks Celeste will contact Marlborough schools and ECEs via the office to discuss the fully funded books, answer any questions and collect numbers of books required.
"Books have a way of drawing children and families together. It's our hope that both families and schools enjoy using The Worry Bug Project's resources and gain valuable insights and skills that help them face future challenges together" -Michael Donoghue, New Zealand Red Cross