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16th November 2015

TheBug Archie audio files are now playable again.



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

'What's the Buzz?' for OLDER STUDENTS (ages 11 to 15 years) remains due for release early in 2019. We recently submitted it to Routledge, our publishers, and were delightfully surprised by their response. They believe this new book needs to become a book that stands alone for young people in HIGH SCHOOL.

So, they've asked us to write a revised edition of 'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS (ages 9 to 11 years). We're working on it with great enthusiasm and haste! It will be a 40% rewrite and each of the 16 lessons will have an Archie story for the first time. Archie will be about 11 years old, and this book will be released early in 2019 too.

This means educators in schools, and allied health professionals, will have 3 'What's the Buzz?' programs to choose from;

'What's the Buzz?' for EARLY LEARNERS (ages 5 to 8 years)
'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS (ages 9 to 11 years)
'What's the Buzz?' for OLDER STUDENTS (ages 11 to 15 years)

To keep you in the picture, here is a sample chapter from each of the programs. Feel free to share with colleagues and use the new ones. Just click below and enjoy;

What's the Buzz? for Early Learners

'What's the Buzz?' for EARLY LEARNERS (ages 5 to 8 years)
Lesson 12 of 16; Honesty - 'telling the truth'

Click here to download the chapter


What's the Buzz? for Primary Students

'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS – Revised edition (ages 9 to 11 years)
Lesson 10 of 16; Empathy, responding to others – 'Did you think about us?'

Click here to download the chapter


What's the Buzz? for Older Students

'What's the Buzz?' for OLDER STUDENTS – book (ages 11 to 15 years)
Lesson 13; Charity: acts of kindness – 'More than meat pies'
This is a comprehensive RESOURCE BOOK with 10 Chapters. The wide-ranging content means educators can revisit each lesson 4 or 5 times while staying with the same theme. A further 6 chapters will be available online.

Click here to download the chapter


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In 2011, 'What's the Buzz? A social skills enrichment programme for primary students', was released and quickly found its way into dozens of countries and hundreds of schools and organisations. This 16 lesson highly structured, role-play and play-based program was designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work. The programme engages children into feeling friendship together, it encourages them to see it, taste it, smell it and laugh with each other. It connects young people and offers them the skills to belong.


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'What’s the Buzz? for Early Learners: A complete social skills foundation course' is new (2015), and follows the same celebrated play-based and role-play format as its predecessor. It's built for teachers, school support workers, parents, care givers, and a range of allied health professionals to awaken social consciousness in youngsters. Over 16 lessons students become immersed in a variety of essential relational skills, stimulated by the experiences of our much-loved character, 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 and quizzes, they'll learn how-to become a better friend and a more flexible social thinker.


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