After more than a year of social distancing, students and teachers alike are excited to be together. And chances are good that everyone needs some extra help with social and emotional skills on top of navigating the usual back-to-school transitions. Free Spirit’s goal is to provide tools for kids and the adults who care for them that will help them face these concerns with confidence. In this issue of Upbeat News, we share an excerpt from Finding Your Way Through Conflict, as a reminder that conflict is normal and something to be embraced rather than avoided. Read the excerpt.

We also spotlight our new Little Laugh and Learn™ series designed to coach young readers on how to find friends, triumph over teasing, and flourish as self-confidence rock stars through jokes, practical advice, and lively illustrations.

For additional resources on building students’ social skills, read on. Also check out our free downloadable poster of the month, “How to Be A Friend Magnet” from Cliques, Phonies & Other Baloney, to remind students of these concepts in a fun and easy format.
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New Series Spotlight
If you love the Laugh and Learn® series but are looking for books geared toward slightly younger, emerging readers, the Little Laugh and Learn™ series is a fresh, funny, and light-as-a-feather collection of guidebooks that will set kids ages six to nine up for success and boost their social skills.

With practical advice, silly jokes, goofy illustrations, and a kid-centric point of view, these books are the go-to for help with everything from boosting self-confidence and overcoming teasing to making friends. Learn more.
Related Resources
A unique, practical resource that helps teachers, counselors, and youth leaders bring students together to talk openly about important issues in their lives.

$39.99 | Grades 6–12
Help young children learn social skills and get ready for a successful start to school with this charming alphabet book.

$15.99 | Ages 3–6
Hilarious etiquette and manners guide teaches teens how to use manners to gain respect, feel good about themselves, and enjoy life to the fullest.

$23.99 | Ages 13 & up
Check out more resources for social and emotional learning here.
Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
School Adjustment Counselor and social worker Amanda C. Symmes offers a way to teach kids how their speech and behavior can be used to meet their needs. Read now.
Educator Molly Breen details how teachers can check in with parents and build communication between themselves and incoming families. Read now.
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“How to Be a Friend Magnet” Poster

Kids’ social skills may be rusty heading back to school—have five fast tips on hand for how to start making friends as soon as they walk in the door with this fun poster from Little Laugh and Learn™ and Laugh and Learn® illustrator Steve Mark!

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