Give your children the best chance to succeed through building strong foundations at home. Creating a nurturing home environment can keep your children calm, happy, and motivated.
This set of six resources includes videos, and downloadable hands-on activities you can work through with your child in your own time.
“These resources will give parents and carers confidence in preparing their children for the educational pathways that lie ahead. Through this first part of the Parent Power Toolkit, you’ll learn about how to create a positive and nurturing home learning environment, how to support your children in optimal ways throughout their transitions, and will understand how to keep them feeling good and calm. These are all things that are crucial in laying the groundwork for good mental health, wellbeing and academic thriving.” Dr. Kathy Weston
The resources in the first part of the Parent Power Toolkit will give parents and carers confidence in preparing their children for the educational pathways that lie ahead. A focus on the home learning environment, learning to support our children in optimal ways through transitions and understanding how to keep them feeling good and calm are all wonderful things for parents to focus on; things that can lay the groundwork for good mental health, wellbeing and academic thriving.
Video – Supporting Transition: Changes at school or home are exciting times in a child’s life, and in yours, but they can also feel a little bit daunting. To help children approach change with a sense of excitement rather than dread, Tooled Up founder, Dr Kathy Weston, has 10 transition tips for parents that can be ‘tried and applied’ at home.
Activity – A, B, C plan: When children are taking exams or you are working together to choose their school, it’s important that both you and they understand all of the options and have a positive plan for any eventuality. Parents can use these templates, pop them in envelopes and keep them for any ‘results’ day. On the day itself, open the relevant envelope and use it to help all of the positives shine through.
Video – The Power of the Home Learning Environment: Did you know that parents are extremely powerful in shaping children’s early view of learning and can greatly influence their capacity to thrive academically? In this video, Dr Weston describes little things we can do at home that can maximise children’s chances of thriving at school.
Activity – What Makes You, You? Helping children to appreciate all of the wonderful things about themselves is an important way to build their self-esteem. Children of all ages can use these activities that will encourage self-compassion, help them recognise traits and achievements that they should be proud of and promote healthy self-reflection which breeds resilience!
Activity – Thoughts and feelings about change: When children are anticipating an upcoming transition or change in their lives, it’s a good idea to nudge them to think about the change, consider potential benefits and opportunities as well as reflect on anything they might feel ‘wobbly’ about. Once we surface wobbles or worries with a loving parent or carer, we can work together to reduce them through planning and goal-setting. This activity will open up conversations about change and prompt children to work with you to address them proactively.
Activity – Sources of support – who is there for me? Sometimes, we need to talk to someone. It might be we are feeling a little bit down, need cheering up or really need to get something off our chest. Sometimes, we just need to keep a list handy of the people who we know are always happy to listen. This activity nudges young people to consider who these people are, note them down and keep the list handy for times of need.
ISEB has partnered with the award-winning team at Tooled Up Education and children’s mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Kathy Weston to produce the ISEB Parent Power Toolkit; four premium content resource packs designed to empower parents to support their children’s wellbeing and resilience as they approach periods of stress, such as admissions exams.
These specially-developed resources will help you find out how your support can help prepare your child for a healthy, positive, and successful test experience.
The resources in the toolkit help parents and guardians ensure they have the right strategies in place to prioritise their child’s mental health and wellbeing during stressful periods. Material has been developed to be flexible and easy to integrate into busy family life, prioritising a healthy balance between revision and relaxation.
The Parent Power Toolkit supports families working towards any entrance exams and are great for parents of 10–13-year-old children. The packs include a mix of videos and downloadable activities parents can complete with their children at home.
The four premium content packs are:
– Part 1: Laying the Foundations for the Admissions Journey (available now)
– Part 2: Setting a Sustainable Revision Programme (available now)
– Part 3: Approaching Test Preparation in the Right Way (coming soon)
– Part 4: Recognising Outcomes and Looking Ahead (coming soon)
Simply add this product to your basket and check out as normal. You will need either a Parent/Guardian (Families) account, or a Teacher account to be able to access these products. If you have an account already, please log in to your account before you complete your purchase for the best experience. If you don’t yet have an account, you can create one when checking out, by clicking ‘CREATE ACCOUNT’, or you can create an account in advance of purchasing. After you have completed the checkout process, make sure that you are logged in to your account and click the person icon in the side menu of the website/online shop. This will take you to your account dashboard. Click on the tab for Premium Content purchases. You can now access a webpage with all of the resources in Part 1 on it.
Unfortunately, the Parent Power Toolkit is only available to purchase in the UK – customers outside of the UK will not be able to check out with these products. We are working towards international sales and will notify customers when we can sell to customers outside of the UK.
This is a digital product and will be available immediately after purchase. Due to the digital nature of this product, it cannot be returned/refunded.
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