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16th November 2015

TheBug Archie audio files are now playable again.



UPDATE for our 'What's the Buzz?' community

Updated Tuesday, 21st May 2019.

What's the Buzz with TEENAGERS?
'What's the Buzz with TEENAGERS?' (recommended for ages 11 to 14 years) has now been released. It is a deep resource which means each chapter can revisited 3, 4 or 5 times with students. Each lesson begins with an Archie story. Yes, Archie is about 13-years old and faces the same kinds of social and emotional complexities as 13-year olds in the real-world face. There are 10 chapters in the book and an additional 6 online. Perfect pitched for educators in schools and allied health professionals in private practice.

Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures
'Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures' was originally created to partner, 'What's the Buzz? For Early Learners but found a global life of its own! World-wide demand has been so strong that in July a SECOND EDITION will be released in July 2019. It contains the same 16 captivating stories, although they have been reworked and tightened.

Each story brings a new social dilemma; the very same social worries that happen in the everyday lives of all children. The stories are designed to help children think socially, discuss outcomes and options, exchange ideas and explore friendly solutions. Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures is a perfect way for all adults to teach how the social world works and the real value of friendship. It is suitable for all children.

What's the Buzz? for Primary Students
A revised second edition of 'What's the Buzz? for Primary Students' (suitable for ages 8 to 11 years) is currently with the publisher and will be released in August 2019. Each of the 16 lessons echo the same everyday social challenges faced by middle primary aged children, such as coping with peer pressure and bullying style behaviours; competition and handling disappointment; feelings and wellbeing and self-awareness. Each lesson includes:

  • A new and beautifully illustrated 'Archie' story, in which this popular character faces a new and relatable social challenge
  • A series of lively and exciting games and activity suggestions
  • Role-plays and discussion points so that children can put their skills into practice in a supportive environment

Having already proven to appeal to teachers and support staff, counsellors and psychologists worldwide, this resource is perfectly pitched for educators in schools and allied health professionals in private practice.

Welcome to What's the Buzz? a complete social and emotional literacy approach comprised of 48 lessons over 3 programs and complimented by a deep selection of online resources.

What's the Buzz? is an evidence-based program now used in more than 130 countries to teach young people social and emotional intelligence. It is based on the S.A.F.E. criteria, which permits maximum opportunity for the skills taught to transfer across into other situations.

The program has become a required text for teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work and youth workers in training at many Universities worldwide.

What's the Buzz? for EARLY LEARNERS
- 16 lessons - (ages 5 to 8 years)

What's the Buzz? for EARLY LEARNERSThe EARLY LEARNER's program was launched in 2015 to immerse younger students in a variety of essential interpersonal skills, stimulated by the experiences of a character called Archie. In each lesson, the children help Archie solve the very same social dilemmas that occur in their everyday lives. As they do this, through activity, discussion, role-play, games, puzzles and quizzes, they learn how-to express feelings and become a more positive problem solver.


What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTS
- 16 lessons - (ages 9 to 11 years)

What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTSThe first version was released in 2011 for teachers, school support workers, parents, home schoolers, and a range of allied health professionals, to awaken the social and emotional awareness in youngsters. It quickly became a global phenomenon finding its way into scores of countries, hundreds of schools, charities, government welfare organisations and the private practices of allied health professionals. Early in 2019 we wrote a revised version containing a new Archie story in each chapter. While Archie's exact age is never revealed, he's about 11 years, and faces the same social and emotional challenges that children around this age typically encounter. This revised edition will not be available until August, 2019.

What's the Buzz? with Teenagers
- 16 lessons - (ages 12 to 15 years)

What's the Buzz? with TeenagersPublished in 2019 this is a deep social and emotional teaching resource that has been well received. In fact, each chapter can be revisited 3, 4 or 5 times with students. Lessons begins with a classic Archie story. Archie is about 13 or 14 years old and faces social and emotional issues with the complexities typical for this age group. There are 10 chapters in the book and an additional 6 online. This version is aimed at middle school aged students and has application in schools and in private practices with allied health professionals.

What's the Buzz? is part of a global response stimulated by the positive psychology and positive education movements. The program precisely guides educators to teach young people new prosocial skills to develop emotional and social intelligence. How to;

And while absorbed in this skill-building, we give children the chance to grow steadier emotions and better behaviours.

Teaching social and emotional literacy, continuously, is a highly effective way to benefit our relationship with, and between, students. All human beings, no matter their age or circumstance, profit from being methodically taught social and emotional literacy skills and being in an environment where these are nurtured.

We now know that when young people are unable to attach to peers or feel isolated, they are more likely to be at risk from behavioural turbulence, mental health difficulties and have a greater tendency for future anti-social behaviour.



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