Support Families & Help Students Build Confidence this Summer

Parents and caregivers have a huge influence on their student’s lives. With all of the challenges students have faced over the last year, the collective efforts of teachers and parents will be necessary to ensure student success. Educators can help families easily integrate lessons on self-esteem and body confidence with family resources from Amazing Me. Developed in partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, this program delivers social emotional learning (SEL), health and confidence-building resources for students in grades 4-5.

The collection of family activities are easy to access, all-digital and easy to integrate into students’ summer learning adventures! Read below for a few of our favorite Amazing Me resources for families.

Positive Affirmations: This activity helps students understand how words can impact their feelings. Each member of the family will leave positive messages for other family members to see each morning. Families will then meet to discuss how seeing the daily messages affected their feelings or mood for the rest of the day.

Appreciating Our Bodies: Consistent exposure to affirming language related to body image can help students feel comfortable and confident in their own body. As learned in this activity, hanging those affirmations around the home can go a long way to creating lasting change for family members.

Body Talk in the Home: A body talk handout, provided with this activity, helps parents and adult family members discuss how their language about their own bodies can affect the children in their home. Each family member will create a list of things that they love about their physical appearance and share their ideas.

A Plan to Stay Positive: In this activity, families will identify norms – traditions or situations where they are expected to “conform” or “fit in” by looking a certain way. Families will recognize a positive trait or characteristic about someone else and make a plan for recognizing these traits more often.

Embracing Our Differences: Acceptance and inclusion have been major themes of the year for students. This activity gives families an opportunity to discuss how a person’s background can inform their perspective and help them embrace diversity.

My Body Can…: Celebrating all of the things that our bodies can do on a daily basis provides a great foundation for building body confidence. In this exercise family members will collect images, words, or pictures to describe the things that their bodies allow them to do and create collages.

A confident student makes a happy, healthy, and successful student. Focusing on building self-esteem, promoting positive body image, and countering bullying can help support building that confidence in students, even in elementary school. Explore these and more SEL resources at AmazingMeSelfEsteem.com or on the Amazing Me channel in Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform.

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