With children now entering their third week of being at home, the novelty of the situation may be wearing off. They may be becoming restless, bored and irritable. Some may even be worried if exposed to too much news about illness and the impact of coronavirus. Our Head teacher correspondent here suggests two further free resources which may help in these unprecedented times.
‘Feeling a certain amount of concern or worry is natural when we encounter difficult or unsettling times. Some teachers have found that practising mindfulness at times like these can help children rewire the brain to work in calmer and more positive ways.
Children can be mindful in two main ways
• doing simple practices (meditations)
• being completely in the moment, for example enjoying something simple like eating lunch so you really taste and appreciate it rather than just gulping it down.
Mindfulness can help keep children calm. Feeling some stress and anxiety at the moment is normal. It’s when it becomes too much that it becomes a problem. Mindfulness helps calm activity in the bit of your brain associated with worry.
Mindfulness can also help increase the neural connections in the front of the brain. This is part of the brain associated with memory, and the ability to solve problems and manage distractions.
Pearson Education have shared a lot of useful information with regard to helping parents and teachers understand mindfulness and this can be easily accessed by following this link:
Children may also enjoy simply quietly listening to stories to help them relax. Moreover, stories entertain and really widen children’s vocabulary – this being so important to underpin their future learning. Amazon have made their extensive collection of audio stories for children free to access. For as long as schools are closed, children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue learning. and learning. Here is the link:

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