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Making Happy Happen - Building Resilience in Children

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit helps teachers understand specific characteristics or elements in a child's life that most contribute to resilience. Developing these resilient tendencies will give a child the essential life skills needed to cope with challenges, adopt a positive perspective, and develop self-confidence and self-worth all essential ingredients for happiness.

This training program contains the following components:

  • Training research, models, benchmarks
  • Preparation and implementation steps
  • Handouts
  • The article "Making Happy Happen Building Resilience in Children" by Rachel Robertson
  • References and resources
  • Training Certificate for Learner Certificate of Attendance and Participation

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this training kit are beginning, intermediate, and advanced Learners who are working with young children (birth through 5 years).

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1.5 hours. Implementation and actual training time is 3.0 hours, which includes 1.5 hours of face-to-face training and 1.5 hours of independent study and an applied activity project. There is a bonus activity in the Group Instruction face-to-face training, which can add as much as 1 hour to the training time.

Training Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this training, Learners will be able to:

  • Describe the 7 characteristics and elements that contribute to a child's resilience.
  • Differentiate between encouragement and praise.
  • List at least 5 ways to support children's development in nurturing resilience.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • Children have varied opportunities to develop a sense of competence and positive attitudes toward learning, such as persistence, engagement, curiosity, and mastery. (2.B.03)
  • Children have varied opportunities to interact positively, respectfully, and cooperatively with others, to learn from and with one another and resolve conflicts in constructive ways. (2.B.06)
  • Cooperative and positive social behaviors are promoted through opportunities for learning reciprocity, empathy, and social skills. (E3)
  • A positive sense of self is promoted through respectful teacher-child interactions. (E2)


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