UPSI- 5: The Universal Psychosocial Indicator for Five-Year-Old Boys and Girls



The UPSI-5 is an easy to administer instrument to measure the psychosocial well-being of 5 year old children. The UPSI-5 consists of 29 questions which can be filled in by someone, for example a teacher or a social worker. The UPSI-5 provides an urgently needed counterpart to the strictly physical indicators and mortality indicators commonly used to measure young children’s well-being and survival.

The UPSI-5 can be used for comparative research, programmatic as well as for lobby and advocacy purposes. Specifically, the UPSI-5 might be used:

WANDA



To develop a new method of professionalization for low qualified practitioners in the 0-3 sector of the Flemish Community of Belgium, in 2010 Artevelde Hogeschool (University College in Gent) and VBJK (Center for Innovation in the Early Years), with ESF (European Social Fund) funds, started a project called WANDA . The methodology used in Wanda has its roots in the French ‘Analyze de Pratiques’ and in the Anglo-Saxon ‘Appreciative Inquiry’.

Reading Corner Kits - Opening Magic Doors: Reading and Learning Together with Children (6-8 YRS)



ISSA has created three Activity Kits to accompany selected groups of Reading Corner books. The Kits offer teachers, parents, and caregivers guidance on the most efficient ways to engage children in exciting and meaningful learning, using books as a starting point for inquiry and action. Each kit includes an Activity Book and 4 of the Reading Corner children’s books, chosen for age appropriateness.  The different kits are for the following ages:

Reading Corner Kits - Opening Magic Doors: Reading and Learning Together with Children (4-5 YRS)



ISSA has created three Activity Kits to accompany selected groups of Reading Corner books. The Kits offer teachers, parents, and caregivers guidance on the most efficient ways to engage children in exciting and meaningful learning, using books as a starting point for inquiry and action. Each kit includes an Activity Book and 4 of the Reading Corner children’s books, chosen for age appropriateness.  The different kits are for the following ages:

You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine



Best friends are separated from one another when one moves to another country. They call, write letters, think about each other, remember each other's favorite food and plan one day to visit. Can their friendship survive and how? 
 
Written by Laura Liliom (Hungary)

To have a Dog



Matthew lives in an orphanage. He wanted a dog. He received other gifts and things through the years - stuffed animals, toys, snails, even lice - but never a dog. One day Matthew was finally getting new parents, and what did the parents have for him - a dog.
 
Written by Ivona Brezinova (Czech Republic)

The Littlest One



Yurchyk, the littlest member of the family, tries to be bigger by climbing on various things. He learns that he becomes bigger by doing something "big", not by being taller.

Written by Halya Kruk (Ukraine)
Illustrated by Manana Morchiladze (Georgia)

The Icicle



Alex wants to buy his mother a birthday present, but all he has is a frying pan! He bangs on it with a street orchestra to earn money, but the musicians chase him away. When Alex fills his frying pan with soapy water to earn money washing cars, that doesn't work either. Finally, with great ingenuity Alex brings his mother a charming and original gift!

The Doll's Nose



Mary's friends have beautiful dolls, but Mary has no money to buy one. With her mother's help, Mary creates a beautiful doll out of objects she finds in her house. But what will she use for the doll's nose? Mary comes up with an ingenious solution--and when she shows the doll to her friends, they want one just like it!
 
Written by Miranda Haxhia (Albania)
Illustrated by Ursula Köhrer (Hungary)

The Doll that Flew Away



A young girl plays with and falls in love with her best friend Zulaa's doll. Wanting the doll all the time, she takes the doll home. Once she learns how badly Zulaa misses her doll, she returns the doll learning the importance of friendship.
 
Written by Kh. Batkhuu (Mongolia)
Illustrated by Enkhtungalag Myagmardorj (Mongolia)