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The School of Life for Kids

The School of Life for Kids is a resource for helping children to understand themselves and the world around them. We specialise in developing emotional literacy, giving young people the tools for comprehending and communicating their thoughts and feelings (and those of other people). Through our books, games and learning tools, we seek to find fun, imaginative ways to teach the best ideas from the worlds of philosophy, psychology, history, art, science and nature.

 

Beautifully written and illustrated, our books are used in classrooms and homes around the world as part of early years education.

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About Our Tools for Kids

The range of teaching methods we offer — including poetry, activity books, guided journals and exercises — are designed to accommodate every child, no matter how they prefer to learn. We never dumb down or over-simplify; rather, trusting in the intelligence and curiosity of our young readers, we aim to make our wisdom as engaging and relatable as possible. Beautifully written and illustrated, our books are informed by experts in child psychology, and are used in classrooms and homes around the world as part of early years education.

Win a Copy of Big Ideas From History

To celebrate the launch of our new children’s book Big Ideas From History we’re hosting a competition. One lucky winner has the chance to win a copy of Big Ideas for Curious Minds and Big Ideas From History, and two runners-up to win a copy of our new title Big Ideas From History.

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Help with voicing thoughts and feelings

Emotions can be challenging (for children and adults alike), but the more we understand them, the better we can process and manage them.

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An Emotional Menagerie

A Glossary of Feelings from A-Z Children experience all sorts of emotions, sometimes going through several very different ones before breakfast. Yet they can struggle to put these…
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The Book of Me

An engaging guided journal for developing children’s understanding of themselves and their emotions. Children love to explore, born with a boundless desire to understand the world around them.…
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Happy, Healthy Minds

A Children’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing Our minds are beautifully complicated and brilliant machines. For much of our lives, these machines run efficiently with minimal maintenance. However, just…
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Inspiring creativity and wonder

Practicing creative thinking can help us connect more with ourselves and what we truly enjoy.

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Big Ideas for Curious Minds

An Introduction to Philosophy for Curious Young Minds Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness…
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Nature and Me

Children are used to hearing about how important it is to protect nature, but they may not fully understand how the natural world can positively impact their emotional…
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Screen-Free Fun

A collection of 80 imaginative games and activities designed to engage and entertain without a screen.  Whether we’re big or small, it can be hard to get away…
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Philosophical Questions for Curious Minds

Puzzles and Ideas To Help Young Minds Grow Children are born philosophers – but in order to fully bring out the best of their thinking, it helps to…
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Help with understanding the world

The world can be a scary place, but learning about the world can help us to understand it.

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Happy, Healthy Minds

A Children’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing Our minds are beautifully complicated and brilliant machines. For much of our lives, these machines run efficiently with minimal maintenance. However, just…
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What Can I Do When I Grow Up?

A Young Person’s Guide to Careers, Money – and the Future Have you ever felt confused, scared or even a little annoyed when an adult has asked, as…
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What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture

Inspiring Young Minds to Build a More Beautiful World Children are rarely taught much about architecture, but there are in fact few subjects more important, because the quality…
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What Adults Don’t Know About Art

Inspiring Young Minds to Love and Enjoy Art Everyone tells children that art matters— but the truth is that very often it’s hard to know why it really…
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Books for Parents 

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What They Forgot To Teach You At School

A collection of the essential emotional lessons we need in order to thrive We probably went to school for what felt like a very long time. We probably…
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Things Never To Tell Children

This is a book that should never fall into the hands of children, for it is filled with the darkest truths about life that might unbearably depress the…
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Parents & Teenagers

52 conversation cards to help break the log-jam of frustration and silence between parents and their teenager. Not many teenagers want to talk to their parents that much.…
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The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting

A Candid Look at Parenting. Being a parent can be one of the sources of our greatest joys. It is also – intermittently – the cause of some…
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Free exercises for Kids 

Outdoor Storytelling Activity Pack

Children are often told that experiencing nature is good for them, but are rarely told exactly why. This activity sheet explores an encounter with a cosy hedgehog and children are encouraged to explore a range of emotions as they relate to the natural world.
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Indoor Activities for Young Minds

Children need exercise, in mind as well as body: especially when they’re stuck indoors. These 10 exercises are designed to help keep the young minds in your household occupied and stimulate their natural curiosity.
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Philosophical Ideas Learning Pack (8+)

Philosophy, meaning ‘love of wisdom’, is a vital discipline for understanding the world. Inspired by our book Big Ideas for Curious Minds, this learning pack is designed to engage children with some important philosophical ideas, developing their critical thinking skills and encouraging their growth as independent thinkers.
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Emotional Literacy Learning Pack (6+)

Children can often struggle to put their feelings into words. Inspired by our book An Emotional Menagerie, this learning pack is designed to increase emotional literacy, helping children to recognise and manage their emotions and understand the role they play in human behaviour.
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Art As Therapy Learning Pack (8+)

Art isn’t just nice to look at; it’s a form of therapy. Inspired by our book What Adults Don’t Understand About Art, this activity sheet is designed to introduce children to the therapeutic value of art and how it can help us become more imaginative, creative and empathetic.
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Relationships Skills Learning Pack (8+)

So much of children’s happiness and success is dependent on how well they relate to others. Inspired by our book Happy, Healthy Minds, this learning pack is designed to help children think about their relationships, both positive and negative, and develop their empathetic and interpersonal skills.
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