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Raising Self Esteem in the Young

Book 2

Raising Self Esteem in the Young by Lou Thompson
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This book follows on from Book 1 of the Self Esteem Series - ‘Examining Self Esteem in the Young’ which aimed at helping teachers and carers understand how the children in their care think and function. Book 1 focused on carers gaining insight into their own understandings and attitudes towards the children in their care. It then provided a series of activities designed to highlight aspects of children’s self esteem - how they view themselves, and how they would like to see themselves. Book 2, ‘Raising Self Esteem In The Young’, again presents introductory notes that allow teachers and parents to gain information on aspects of self esteem as applied to children; and then provides a series of ‘shared’ activities aimed at helping the carer cope with the child seen as ‘at risk’. In attempting to help teachers and carers gain this vital information the book has been organized as follows:


This is the basis upon which the book is written.

*  It outlines a framework for considering children’s self esteem needs.

*  It indicates the key to process in the development of a healthy self esteem.

* It explains the ‘self esteem wall’ - the behaviors children exhibit when they feel that they
aren’t able to meet the expectations that are part of their ideal image.


a) How can you, as a teacher or carer, help a child develop a healthy self esteem?

b) How can you assist a child who may have reached the self esteem wall?

b) A Checklist For Parents - a time for reflection.

SHARED ACTIVITIES The activities contained in this book are aimed at elementary school children. While the format suggests that the pages are pencil and paper only activities, it may well be more appropriate for them to be used simply as the basis for discussion and communication between teacher or parent and child. Prior to each of the photocopiable activities sections there is a set of explanatory comments which give some background to the concepts dealt with in the activities that follow. The sections concentrate on the following areas: * Leisure/Recreational Activities * Conflict Resolution Activities * Goal Setting Activities * Risk Taking Activities * Interpersonal Relationship Activities

Ready-Ed Publications; March 2001
50 pages; ISBN 9781863971041
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Title: Raising Self Esteem in the Young
Author: Lou Thompson; Tim Lowson; Mal McGill

Setting My Own Goals

"I need to recognize my own abilities before I can set goals for myself."


You’ll need: a basketball and goal, or a tennis ball and wastepaper basket or box;
a watch; the score card below; a measured mark approximately 2
meters from the target.


1. You are going to set goals for yourself on how many times you can successfully throw the
ball through the hoop (or into the basket) in a given time. You will make an attempt each
day for a total of 5 days.

2. Before you make your daily attempt to fill in the score card by answering the ‘BEFORE’
question. Your estimate for the first day may be way off the mark because you won’t be
sure of your abilities in ‘ball throwing’.

3. From the throwing mark (2 meters from the target) attempt to throw the ball through the
goal (or into the box) for a period of 5 minutes, counting the successful throws. Write your
score on the score card.

4. Complete the ‘AFTER’ questions. Use your score for the day to adjust your medium-term
goal (tomorrow) and your long-term goal (the end of the week) upward or downward.