Little Buddies age 3yrs - 6yrs
Friends help give meaning to our lives, fulfil the need to belong, and provide support during tough time. They are pretty central to happiness and well being. Research has also shown that the better the quality of your relationships, the more likely you are to be happy.
The school and pre-school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues children bring from home, many struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, so we have built our Little Buddies Program around teaching kindness, friendship, empathy and compassion, using the Buddy Bench as a visual aid.
"Look Up, Look Around and Look Out for Each Other”
|Happy Hub After School Cork City|
When other kids are suffering— for example when a boy falls over and cuts his leg—can we understand how they might be feeling?
Kindness bridges that gap and helps build a sense of connection with other children, teachers, and even parents.
|Little Buddies Bench|
|Little Buddies Bench|
Using puppets, story and song we teach the ABCs of Little Buddies:
Awareness: Being aware of our feelings and how they change; if a child is feeling sad, alone or afraid, it's always good to share and talk about it.
Breath and Body: Children learn to use breathing to cultivate peace and quiet. Then they explore what emotion feels like in the body.
Caring: We teach kids to think about how others are feeling and cultivate kindness. When children perform an act of kindness, or benefit from one, they naturally "feel great".
|Churchhill NS Kilkenny Little Buddies|
Learning to strengthen attention and regulate emotions are foundational skills that could benefit children in school and throughout their whole lives.
Each child receives a copy of our beautifully illustrated interactive workbook featuring teaching story and fun, creative activities.
You can read along and join in the questions too!
|"Kin" our Foxy Friend|
Combined with the Buddy Bench as a visual tool in times of distress, the children were able to find comfort and support through each other rather than feeling upset and worried. It’s these small changes, spread across classrooms, that could make society more kind—and educate a new generation of more compassionate and connected adults.
To book us to come to your school and deliver any of our programmes email:email@example.com or call us on (056) 7702027