Book Resources

Nervous, Worry and/or Anxious

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

Hello Again,


"My stomach feels like it's tied up in a knot.

My knees lock up, and my face feels hot.

You know what I mean?

I'm Wilma Jean,

The Worry Machine.

Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.

This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyone's control (i.e. the weather) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!"


Wilma Jean the Worry Machine is a great book. You can find this book on Youtube. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAijfP99Ng

After you listen to this book make a T-chart with "Worries I CAN control" (my behavior, my actions, et.c) on one side of the paper and "Worries I CAN NOT control" (my mom, dad, grandparents, weather, etc.) on the other side. Take a picture of your work and send it to me at nbreton@biddefordschools.me

Students will understand how to practice mindfulness

Ask your child; explain what happens to their body when they feel very stressed or mad.

(example; stomach ache, headache, sweaty palms, fast heart beat, etc.)

Ask your child to then share positive coping strategies to use when feeling stressed or mad.

(example; taking deep breaths, going to a calm and quiet spot, drawing, etc.)

Then Read I AM PEACE

After reading I AM PEACE, Complete the worksheet below while listening to calm music