For effective use, this book should be purchased alongside the guidebook. Both books can be purchased together as a set, Feel, Think and Do with Ruby, Rafa and Riz: A Storybook and Guide for Understanding Behaviour and Emotions, 978-1-032-05939-6.
This children’s storybook tells the story of Ruby, Rafa and Riz as each child has an experience that affects them – unkind friendship, the death of a pet, a bullying family member and coercive peers. Their teacher, who knows nothing of these events, notices the behaviour of each child which leads to him asking how they are feeling and what they are thinking, enabling each child to talk about their emotions and so helping the adult to understand their behaviour.
In a clever and enjoyable way, the stories of Ruby, Rafa and Riz lead children through scenarios that introduce ideas key to developing children’s understanding and security such as the:
- knowledge that behaviour is a response to feelings and thoughts
- understanding that these feelings and thoughts are a response to the external world
- insight into how thoughts and feelings are hidden unless shared; and the
- empowerment to share their emotional context with trusted adults, explaining their behaviour – both to others and themselves.
When used alongside the practical guidebook, this unique and engaging story enables all those working directly with children to support their development, allowing children to become strong enough and secure enough to meet the challenges of life and learning.
Liz Bates is an independent education consultant. She supports both primary and secondary schools in all aspects of Emotional Health and Wellbeing, and Safeguarding, including whole school approaches, training staff and delivering talks to parents. Liz is a Protective Behaviours Trainer, a Wellbeing Award Advisor for Optimus and a regular contributor at national conferences.
"The 'Ruby, Rafa and Riz' story book and the 'Understanding behaviour and emotions' guide for teachers together provide a valuable resource for promoting children's healthy social and emotional development. In a warm and engaging way, teachers are encouraged to think about and explore with children the subtle links between their emotions, thoughts and behaviour. The relationship-based activities enable children to reflect on the challenges of their everyday family and school lives and develop strategies to manage them more positively. All children can benefit from this approach, but troubled children in particular would benefit from the extra help and confidence that this theoretically driven but practical resource can offer, in order to enjoy learning, build positive relationships and fulfil their potential."
Emeritus Professor Gillian Schofield, University of East Anglia, UK