Realising Our Inner Strength

Practical activities and resources for promoting an understanding that:-



Assist our children to become aware of the idea that strength is a mental quality that we can all develop.


  • Teach correct assertiveness skills.  Click on link for an explanation of assertiveness >>> Assertiveness


Look for books, songs and movies about: Self-reliance, Self-control, Self-discipline, Courage, Confidence, Responsibility, Reliability, Character, Patience, Resilience, Fortitude. 

Here are some suggestions:-

SONGS  about Strength

  • “If I Were Brave”  -Jana Stanfield.  Courage opens up life’s possibilities.  Video

MOVIES about Strength

  • “The Wizard of Oz”  –Friendship, compassion, bravery and acceptance.
  • “The Neverending Story”  –the courage and inner strength of a young boy.
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck:  Compassion and courage in the face of the town’s rage.
  • “The Lady” starring Michelle Yeoh: the story of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.
  • “To Sir With Love” starring Sidney Poitier.  A teacher shows adolescent school children that toughness is a mental quality.

STORIES AND BOOKS about  Strength

  • The Little Engine That Could.  You don’t know what you can do until you try!
  • Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda.  JF.  A young shy boy turns out to have great courage. An adventure quest.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  YA / Adult.  Compassion and courage in the face of the town’s hostility and prejudice.