Growing With Gratitude features a flexible range of program materials that teachers, parents and students can use. For classroom-based learning, a recommended delivery outline and guidelines are included in a ‘Teacher Tactics Pack’, in addition to structured lesson plans (modules) for each year level from Foundation – Year 7 that are available from the Growing With Gratitude website library. Modules are also available in two versions, one aligned to the Australian Curriculum and one aligned to the IB stream. Each lesson is approx. 45 -60 minutes in length. Most of the modules feature 4 lessons, with the exception being grades 6 & 7 featuring 5 – 7 lessons.
The program includes a home-based learning option with a manual which details the Five Habits of Happiness, program guidelines, outcomes, background and theory, delivery tips, resources and references.
Methods of delivery
Growing with Gratitude is a flexible learning program that includes a classroom-based delivery mode with structured lesson plans, daily activities, a student journal, worksheets and resources that focus on the key concepts of gratitude, kindness, mindfulness, optimism and happiness. It can also be adopted by parents and children in a home-based environment where an essential component of the program is short daily activities (2-10 minutes long) that are recorded in a ‘Gratitude Journal’. Activities are designed to introduce some fun and spontaneity to the program by using the Habits of Happiness Wheel, a colourful tool that children can spin and randomly select 1 of 15 activities. An emphasis on family and community service is also featured in the home-based excersises.
The program is available to all States and Territories. Compulsory training is not necessary as website and printed materials provide clear instructions.