The Cooperative Games Bullying Prevention Program
This 150-page, charmingly illustrated teaching manual is an all-in-one resource for educators who want to understand the why and how-to of cooperative play for children ages Pre-K to Grade 2. In addition to games that were tested in a University of Nevada study and proven to reduce aggression and increase pro-social skills, the book contains practical teaching tips, thoughtful discussion, a summary of relevant research on cooperative games, and dozens of additional games that teachers can use in a variety of settings.
The Cooperative Games Bullying Prevention Program is a great piece of work and significant contribution to bullying prevention. Through the use of practical, easy to implement, and class-friendly games, Suzanne Lyons promotes a new mindset regarding the substantial impact of cooperatively structured play activities. This work reaches into and beyond bullying prevention with techniques that transform classrooms into social milieus reinforcing values of sharing, kindness and peace.
The methods and activities in this book encourage positive social skills development and they help children build confidence in their own ability to relate to and work with one another. I wholeheartedly support and appreciate Ms. Lyons’ work. It bridges empirical research on cooperative games and aggression reduction with the school system. As such, it is rightly an integral part of bullying prevention.
--Dr. April Bay, Clinical Psychologist and author of the University of Nevada Reno study, “Cooperative Games: A Way to Modify Aggressive and Cooperative Behaviors in Young Children”