Week 6 promises to be good. We continue with chapter 3 to observe how our characters manage to resolve a complex dispute regarding the handball court while practicing a new problem-solving system for use at school and home. As the story moves on we take a deep breath and learn to create our own perfect group and try to unpack what this actually means. We reconcile our vision with the other group members.
We end on a high note for all involved as we recognise our mistakes and learn how resolve day-to-day issues together. Our Fieldwork invites you and your child to put into practice our new conflict resolution skills at home.
How to use the stories with your child at home:
- Revise this story together with your child;
- Discuss your own experiences in relation to similar events;
- Ask questions about how your child would resolve some of the events described in the story;
- Explore the emotions each participant experience with focus no empathy and how each emotion ‘looks’ like and ‘feel’ like.
The activities in this chapter include pen & paper, art and craft, role play, and puzzle-based activities, concluding with a Fieldwork activity to be done at home in the participant’s own time.
LEAP into Action: Problem-Solving System
This activity introduces an established problem-solving system, known as LEAP, to help participants resolve conflict when it arises in any context. It aims to encourage people to take personal responsibility for solving their own problems by teaching them a set of clear steps. We have simplified the established terminology for the purposes of this activity to make it both easier to remember and more child-friendly. Being able to problem-solve is a helpful skill in any relationship, and children’s friendships are no different. In this activity, participants have the opportunity to practise and refine these skills in a small group setting.
Conflict between friends is commonly experienced during childhood and adolescence. The first purpose of this activity is to provide participants with a problem solving system called LEAP for use when arguments or disagreements arise within their peer group. This activity provides participants with an effective and widely-used strategy for resolving conflict.
Goals for Participants
The goals for participants during this activity are:
- to listen to the steps of LEAP
- to understand the meaning of each step
- to try to memorise each step
- to share at least one experience of a conflict between themselves and a friend
- to brainstorm alternatives to the conflict in the story, “Fair Play”
- to appreciate the importance of conflict resolution as a skill to maintain friendships.
Create your own dream group
After reading the facts about Group Dynamics, the following two-part activity provides a chance for participants to consider the groups they are currently part of, including their family and their neighbourhood. Through exploring the positive and negative features of group dynamics, participants will create their own dream group of friends based on the characters provided in the workbook.
During this activity, participants will consider group dynamics, and what makes them feel good or not so good when they are part of a group. It offers the chance for participants to discuss how dynamics varies between different groups, for example between individuals on a sports team compared to family members. Seeking out a comfortable dynamic between group members is an important skill when selecting a suitable friendship group.
Goals for Participants
The goals of the participant during this activity are:
- to learn the facts about group dynamics.
- to consider what they look for in a group and why.
- to imagine their dream group/playground scenario
- to create this scene using the characters and other images provided
- to draw pictures or write words to better describe your dream group.
- to share your ideas and listen to other participants.