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Children's Deployment Workbooks

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Children's Deployment Workbooks
This is a guide to our Children's Deployment Workbooks. These workbooks are for children experiencing deployment who cannot attend the Children Deployment workshops.
The Books
How to use these books....
Each age group has its own book with activities based on their needs.
A How to Guide
The workbooks are an easy way for the at home caregiver to help children and the deployed parent to feel connected during a deployment.
Parent Guide
3-5 year old Workbook
6-8 year old Workbook
9-12 year old Workbook
Opening Activity
Spend a few minutes getting settled together. Try one or two of these activities at the beginning of each session.
Activity Time
Do the game or activity with your child as described in the children's workbook.
Workbook Guide
How to use the Parent Guide
Set aside a regular time each week when you will sit down with your child to work on the Children's Workbook - you can give it a specific name, like "Deployment Time", so that it becomes a family ritual during the deployment. Use the same framework for each session to create a special time together.
Read the Parent Guide to prepare for each section of the Children's Workbook. Assemble the supplies, such as paper or scissors.
Consider your child's age, individual temperament and readiness to participate in the activity and make adjustments if needed. For example, if your child has high energy, you might find that the Deployment Time works better after outside play.
Do the "How I Feel Wheel" together
Use the map provided to chart deployed parents progress
Add an item to a memory box that you have created
this is a great way for children to keep items/memories that they would like to share with their deployed parent
Place a picture of the ship on the map to chart progress
Closing Activity
Provide a familiar wrap up activity at the end of each session. The deployment activity sessions might bring up emotions for both you and your child, so it helps to end with a calming activity.
The Esquimalt MFRC created these workbooks and the parent guide based on in-house curriculum. Parents have seen the impact on their children:
an increased ability of their child to communicate their feelings about the deployment
fun activities that involve the deployed parent
a way to positively focus their energies throughout the deployment

Take our ideas and build on them within your home setting by adding your own crafts and games. Use these books as an ongoing work in progress before, during and after a deployment. Most importantly...relax, have fun with your child and allow time for yourself.

Hazardous Deployments
You may wonder how to talk to your child about hazardous deployments. A general guideline is to communicate at your child's level of understanding. For example, with young children you might say that you have to go away for important work. With older children, you may be able to talk about global concepts, such as fair government. Monitor your child's exposure to the media and provide them with simple explanations they can use with other children at school. For example, "It's a difficult mission but my parent is well trained and equipped for this work." As a parent, you can show leadership to carry your family through challenging times.
Let's Do It!
Supplies: Pen or Pencil
How I Feel Wheel: Turn to page 19 of the Children's Workbook and discuss the faces and the emotions. Help your child understand the different emotions by sharing a time when you too may have felt these emotions. At the top of the blank circle. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and problem-solve with them to change feelings that are sad or upsetting. If they are happy or proud ask them to describe what it feels like and "link" back to that feeling in following weeks. For example, "Do you remember on this date when you told mommy you felt proud and it made you feel good inside?" Do the "How I feel Wheel" every week as an opening activity.
ACTIVITY : 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old
Deployment Workbook Parent Guide
A Message for Parents/Caregivers at Home
A Message for the Deployed Parent
The parent guide provides information to help you stay connected with your children throughout the deployment. There are activities to do together as you prepare for deployment, while you are away, and as you get ready for the homecoming. We suggest taking your own copy of the parent guide on the deployment. There are Parenting From Afar tips in each section of the guide that provide ideas for staying in touch with your child while you are away.
Parenting Together While you are Apart
The parent guide helps maintain the connection between the at-home caregiver and the deployed parent.
Explanation of Children's Workbooks
The guide will help you support your child in understanding and coping with a military deployment or a work-related separation. Deployments provide opportunities for families to grow closer and stronger. The workbooks and the accompanying parent guide help to build resilience, minimize stress, and keep attitudes positive when a child faces a military parent's absence.The guide will assist you in helping children through the cycle of deployment, and provides concrete suggestions for how to stay in touch with the deployed parent.
Light a candle, small flashlight, or LED Tea light and set an intention for the week for each child such as "to help tidy up after dinner".
Play a special song or read a favourite book together.
Length of Deployment
Every deployment can vary in length. This workbook series is designed to provide a weekly activity for a 3 month deployment. For a shorter deployment, you can do more than one activity per week. For a longer deployment when you finish the last session in the "During Deployment" section, turn to pages 29 (3-5), 31 (6-8), 61 (9-12) of the Parent Guide. Here you will find additional weekly activities, based on age groups for you to work on with your child. When you get to 4 weeks before the member comes home. Turn to the Return and Reunion section of your child's workbook.
Features of the Activity Pages
Helpful Tips As you Go Through the Book
For More Information
Contact your local MFRC if you find that either you or your child are struggling with the deployment and need some extra help.
For further support visit us at http://esquimaltmfrc.com
To order copies of these workbooks visit http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/esquimaltmfrc/children-s-deployment-workbooks/
or visit one of our two locations (http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/about-us/locations.php)
Each section provides guidance in sequence with the deployment process and is divided into three parts
- These sessions should be completed before the member deploys
During Deployment
- These sessions are done while the member is deployed
Return and Reunion
- These sessions should be completed just prior to when the member comes home.
Using the "How I Feel Wheel" - helping children identify their feelings is a key component of this program and you will see the "How I feel Wheel" referred to a lot.
Map - Use the map to teach your child about distances and to show the geographical area where the deploying parent will be (ie. point out where they live and compare to where relatives are. Then show the distance to the deployed parent's location.)
The Memory Box provides a special place for your child to put items that are important to them and that they want to share with their deployed parent after they return home.
Send completed crafts and letters to the deployed parent.
Have the deploying parent take an empty binder with page protectors to have a handy (and compact) place to keep the letters and the crafts sent to them.
To receive your free Parent Guide and Children's Workbooks.
Visit your local MFRC
Order online at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/esquimaltmfrc/children-s-deployment-workbooks/
List of Supplies to have on hand....
crayons/pencil crayons
paper/construction paper
family photographs
tin foil
measuring tape
Optional Items
stickers, glitter, felt, pompoms
old magazines
old cards
homemade potato prints
rubber stamps
computer with internet
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