Well-Being

Update: two evening sessions have been added for the Anxiety 101 - Tips & Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Return To School virtual workshop.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 19, 2021 – 6:00 p.m.

The same information is offered in every session. For details and to register, please visit:

ANXIETY 101-Tips & Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Return To School Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

 

July 5, 2021

KPR’s Anxiety 101 workshops on July 13, July 20 and August 6 are now full. But there’s good news: the workshop is being recorded and will be posted on this web page for parents and caregivers who are not able to attend the virtual workshops. Watch for details.

In addition, an evening session of the workshop is being organized now. Check back often for news at to ANXIETY 101-Tips & Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Return To School Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite)

KPR’s virtual Anxiety 101 workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to ‘coach’ their child or teen to manage their symptoms of anxiety and the anxiety-related behaviours that often keep them from participating in school, social events, and other areas of their life.

 

2021 Virtual Parent Conference

Please mark your calendars as well for the morning of Saturday, October 16, when KPR’s 20th Annual Parent Conference will focus on children’s and teens’ mental health. More information on this virtual conference will be sent to all families later this summer.

 

Well-Being

Ontario’s curriculum is recognized as world class and sets high standards of achievement for all students.  A sense of well-being involves academics as well as physical health and social emotional skills.

 

Mental Health

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Given that 70% of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence, it is important to equip young people with knowledge and skill they need to support positive mental health throughout their lives.

Learning about metal health in Ontario schools will take place:

·         Through the newly enhanced Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum

·         Across the curriculum including mathematics and the Kindergarten Program

·         As part of everyday experience at school.

*See also KPR’s Mental Health Strategy in the drop-down menu.

 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills

There is strong evidence that developing social-emotional learning skills at school contributes to all students’ overall health and well-being and to successful academic performance. It also supports positive mental health, as well as students’ ability to learn, build resilience, and thrive. The development of social-emotional learning skills throughout their school years will support all students in becoming healthier and more successful in their daily lives and as contributing members of society. Social-emotional learning skills can be developed across all subjects of the curriculum.

 

SEL and the Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Because SEL skills are so important to students' mental health and healthy development, SEL is now also a distinct section of the updated HPE curriculum. This new section builds on Living Skills learning from the previous curriculum to help students foster their own overall health and well-being, positive mental health, resilience and ability to learn and thrive. The table below shows what students learn about and why.

 

Students learn about:

So they can:

identifying and managing emotions

express their feelings and understand the feelings of others

coping with stress

develop resilience

positive motivation

build a sense of hope and the will to keep trying for their goals

building relationships

support healthy relationships and respect diversity

deepening their sense of self

build an understanding of their own identity and feel that they belong

thinking critically and creatively

support decision-making and problem solving

 

SEL and the Mathematics Curriculum

SEL skills support students in understanding mathematical concepts and in applying the mathematical processes that are key to learning and doing mathematics. They help all students – and indeed all learners, including educators and parents – develop confidence, cope with challenges, and think critically. This in turn enables them to improve and demonstrate mathematics knowledge, concepts, and skills in a variety of situations. Social-emotional learning skills help every student develop a positive identity as a capable “math learner”. 

 

The following chart shows the flow of the learning through the curriculum and the interrelationships among its various components.

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