Looking after children’s mental health and well-being is more important than ever during the Covid 19 virus. This is a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty for children, whatever their circumstances – whether they are in lockdown at home or attending a near-empty school because their parents are key workers. They are understandably worried and concerned.
So, what can we do, as teachers and parents, to improve children’s mental health and well-being?
One thing that has been proven to help reduce stress is music. Research suggests that music can stimulate the body’s natural feel good chemicals such as endorphins, oxytocin. It can help put us in a better mood and help us to take control of our feelings.
This is why children’s TV presenter, Samantha Dorrance, decided to create a new pop band called Sammy & The Sparks.
Sammy & The Sparks songs work by acting as musical affirmations. Each song is designed to teach a different self-help technique in a fun, positive way, helping children be emotionally and mentally equipped. They have songs to help encourage self-acceptance, self-reliance, self-belief… they have songs to help children cope with and understand bullying, loneliness, anxiety etc… they have so many happy songs designed to help your child live their happiest lives.
In addition to writing and sharing songs, Samantha is about to launch “Sammy & The Sparks at home lesson plans” for use at home, during isolation. These lesson plans are designed to:
• Help children explore and understand their feelings.
• Help them deal with their feelings in certain situations.
• Create loving and thoughtful discussions between parents and their children.
The lesson plans will soon be available at www.sammyandthesparks.com. Follow Sammy & The Sparks on social media for lesson plan updates.
Brilliant Publications is delighted to include a link to the Sammy & the Sparks website from our special Free resources for the Covid 19 Pandemic page.