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An Introduction to The School of Life

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We're delighted to welcome The School of Life for Kids to our blog this month. 

The School of Life for Kids is a resource for helping children to understand themselves and the world around them. They specialise in developing emotional literacy, giving young people the tools for comprehending and communicating their thoughts and feelings (and those of other people).

Through their books, games and learning tools, they seek to find fun, imaginative ways to teach the best ideas from the worlds of philosophy, psychology, history, art, science and nature. The range of teaching methods they offer  — including poetry, activities, and journaling exercises — are designed to accommodate every child, no matter how they prefer to learn. They never dumb down or over-simplify; rather, trusting in the intelligence and curiosity of their young readers, they aim to make their wisdom as engaging and relatable as possible. Beautifully written and illustrated, their books are informed by experts in child psychology, and are used in classrooms and homes around the world as part of early years education. You can find them in libraries, schools and giftshops around the world, as well as on our website, www.theschooloflife.com/kids.

Below is a video introducing how they do this, and a selection of their bestselling books, games and learning tools for children.

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EMOTIONAL LITERACY: HELPING CHILDREN WITH VOICING THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS


Children experience all sorts of emotions, sometimes going through several very different ones before breakfast. Yet they can struggle to put these feelings into words. An inability to understand and communicate their emotions can lead to bad behaviour, deep frustration and a whole host of difficulties further down the line. These books have been selected as our best in class to help children to improve their emotional vocabulary and self-understanding.


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An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A-Z (5+)

An Emotional Menagerie is an emotional glossary for children. A book of 26 rhyming poems, arranged alphabetically, that bring our feelings to life. The poems transform each emotion into a different animal to provide a clear and engaging illustration of its character: how it arises; how it makes us behave and how we can learn to manage its effects. Find out more here

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The Book of Me: a children's journal of self-discovery (9+)

The Book of Me is a guided journal of self-discovery. It takes young readers on a journey inside themselves, helping them explore their mind, their moods, their imagination, their conscience, and how they determine the course of their lives. Through writing, drawing, cutting out and colouring in, they’ll create a rich and unique self-portrait. Find out more here.

Free downloadable Teaching Resources.

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Happy, Healthy Minds: A Children's Guide to Emotional Wellbeing (9+)

Happy Healthy Minds examines a range of everyday scenarios that give childrens’ minds difficulties: when parents don't seem to understand them; when they fall out with friends; when they feel sad, bored, anxious or fed up with things. By offering a sympathetic and supportive framework, the book encourages children to open up, explore their own feelings and face the dilemmas of growing up armed with emotional intelligence. Find out more here.

Free downloadable Relationship Skills Learning Pack for ages 8+

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Creative Thinking & Play: Inspiring curiosity and wonder


Children are naturally curious. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all. These books help to nurture that sense of curiosity as they grow, inspiring wonder and creativity both in their thinking and play.

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Philosophical Questions for Curious Minds (8+)

Children are born philosophers – but in order to fully bring out the best of their thinking, it helps to equip them with the largest and most thought-expanding questions. This pack of cards has gathered in one place the very sharpest of those questions, based on the biggest conundrums of philosophy, and is guaranteed to generate lively, warm and fascinating conversations among families and friends. No prior knowledge is required; all that counts is a spirit of curiosity. Find out more here.


Free downloadable Learning Pack for ages 8+

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Nature and Me: a guide to the joys and excitements of the outdoors (8+)

Children are used to hearing about how important it is to protect nature, but they may not fully understand how the natural world can positively impact their emotional wellbeing. This is a book about how nature can touch us all and help us with our lives (especially when we might be feeling bored, sad or lonely).

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Free outdoor storytelling activity pack.

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Screen-Free Fun: 80 amazing activities from sock sliding to raindrop racing (9+)

Screen-Free Fun contains 80 of the weirdest and most wonderful activities children can do at home, all without using a screen. You can paint like Picasso or meditate like Buddha; become an indoor entomologist or a home Olympian; and even find the fun in some household chores. Inventive and irreverent, this book is the perfect companion for humdrum days and wet weekends. Find out more here.

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Resilience: Helping children with understanding the world around them


The present can loom very large in a child’s mind: all the crises and challenges of the modern world can feel overwhelming and at times dispiriting. These books offer a helpful perspective by placing their questions and concerns in a broader context.

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Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy (8+)

Children aren’t afraid of asking difficult questions. They want to know about happiness, time and the meaning of it all. Big Ideas for Curious Minds is designed to harness children’s spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential thinkers and ideas from history. Find out more here.

Free downloadable activity pack for ages 8+

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Big Ideas from History: a history of the world for You (8+)

Big Ideas From History tells the immense story of what has happened to our species since the dawn of time, and what lessons history can teach us. What might the dinosaurs or the ancient Egyptians, the Aztec warriors or the 18th century Enlightenment thinkers tell us that could be useful to hear now?  Find out more here.

Free downloadable activity pack for ages 9+

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What Adults Don't Know About Art: Inspiring young minds to love and enjoy art (9+)

Here is a guide to art for children with a difference: in a tone that's kindly, informative and unstuffy, this book explains how art can fit into our lives. We learn what art to look at in certain moods, how to go around a museum without getting bored and why — without even realising it — we all become experts in art by decorating our first bedrooms. Find out more here.

Free downloadable Art as Therapy Learning Pack.

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What Adults Don't Know About Architecture: Inspiring young minds to build a more beautiful world (9+)

This is a chance for the next generation to develop the tools to talk about architecture with confidence, knowledge and passion. It tells us about what a satisfying building is, why some cities are charming and others repel us, and how we might create the better looking world we all crave and deserve. Find out more here.

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Find out more and discover activity sheets at www.theschooloflife.com/kids

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An Introduction to The School of Life

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