2nd Edition

What's the Buzz? For Early Learners A Complete Social Skills Foundation Course

    306 Pages 144 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 144 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For many, social thinking is hard-wired at birth and strengthens naturally through experiences. However, for a variety of reasons, some children find it harder to think and develop socially. What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners 2e is a fully updated social and emotional literacy foundation programme for children aged 4–8 years.

    Following the global popularity of the first edition of the What’s the Buzz programme, this revised edition leads children through Archie’s adventures over 16 lessons, as he encounters a range of social and emotional dilemmas. Through evidence-based activities, discussion, role-play, games, and explicit social skill instruction, children learn how develop positive problem-solving skills to transfer into their everyday lives. It also focuses on developing an understanding of a diversity of ability and cultural background, helping to teach children how to ‘read’ the emotional needs of others, show empathy, and increase self-awareness. Clinically trialled and evaluated, this lively resource has been used successfully around the globe to teach children in building and maintaining healthy relationships, understanding and regulating their own emotions, and generally becoming thoughtful citizens.

    Enriched with visual materials and activity sheets to accompany each lesson, this is a must-have resource for allied health professionals and teachers in both special and mainstream settings. It is suitable for whole-class or small-group intervention.

    1.Meeting Archie and celebrating diversity.  2.Gently and smoothly joining in to play together.  3.The how and why of sharing and taking turns.  4.Cooperation: the art of working together.  5.Keeping calm and friendly while you wait your turn.  6.Making things better - how to repair friendships when you’ve been upset with each other.  7.Winning and losing – ‘gracefully’.  8.Fact or opinion? Staying kind and friendly over different ideas.  9.Working with feelings.  10.Angry feelings.  11.Wellbeing: Building healthy bodies, happy minds and steady feelings.  12.Honesty – telling the truth.  13.Speaking up (learning to be assertive).  14.Empathy.  15.A worrying moment – knowing how to deal with it.  16.Time to say goodbye.


    Mark Le Messurier is a Teacher, Counsellor, Author, and Public Speaker, and works in private practice as a mentor to young people, a coach to parents, and a teacher educator. He is the recipient of the Australia Day Council’s 2022 SA Senior Australian of the Year award. His generosity and consideration for others was recognised as profound, far reaching, and life changing. He’s helped many families, and has improved the self-worth, wellbeing, mental health, and life outcomes of children, adolescents, parents, and educators. Mark is on Facebook and can always be contacted at [email protected]

    Websites – www.marklemessurier.com.au www.whatsthebuzz.net.au www.teachingvaluesofbeinghuman.com.au

    Madhavi Nawana Parker is Managing Director of Positive Minds Australia. Her work as a Behaviour Consultant provides young people, families, and schools with tools to develop resilience, confidence, wellbeing, and healthy friendships through counselling, professional development, parent workshops, online training, and an extensive range of published works. Madhavi can be reached through her website www.positivemindsaustralia.com.au and on social media under 'Positive Minds Australia.'