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30

What our kids need now…

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With so much happening on the planet right now, this Coffs Coast teacher is on a mission to help our kids not only cope with the world around them, but flourish.

“It’s all about putting kids in touch with their loving side, Sparky, and their fearful side, Shady,” says Kathy Sheehan who developed the Sparky and Shady program and books in 2014, with endorsements from Clinical Psychologists and Beyond Blue.

“I help kids understand how their body, their thoughts and feelings all work together,” explains Kathy. “When your child understands this, they can manage their feelings and cope with problems or situations like we are facing now with COVID-19.”

Forced to cancel her April school holiday workshops, Kathy is tapping into her Sparky side and generously offering her lessons online for only $20 so more families can access this support from home (workshops normally $330).

Lessons will be taught live by Kathy online each weekday from April 6th and only take 20 minutes a day. Kids or parents can catch-up on recordings whenever it suits. Families who’ve already experienced Sparky & Shady programs agree it’s time well spent.

“I just found the strategies were so useful and they really worked for managing anxiety,” says Sophie Stojic who took 10 year old daughter Danika to the January workshops.

“It was amazing how using the short-cuts worked. It was really good to see the change that’s happened in the last few months.”

Meanwhile Jennie Begg credits Kathy for teaching her 11 year old grandson Kai life skills that don’t come naturally, yet aren’t being taught in most schools.

“Normal education often just ignores emotional intelligence and how kids can get on with other kids,” explains Jennie who says the program gave Kai useful tools to practise.

“The reason I’m so passionate about Sparky & Shady is because given a little help, our kids can be brave enough to follow their dreams and make a positive difference in the world, and isn’t that exactly what we need now?” adds Kathy.

To book Sparky & Shady 2020 starting April 6th, visit www.sparkyandshady.com

 

 

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I started compiling this over the past week or so then have just been finishing it off when we’ve been recommended to keep kids at home where it is “practically possible.”

It’s going to be a strange and tough time to get through but as I said to my friend today, take one day at a time. Find little sparks of joy in everything. Get back to basics. Do gardening, have a picnic in the backyard, play boardgames, teach your kids to cook. Bake bread! This is an opportunity for us to slow down, revaluate our lives and hit the ‘pause’ button. It will all end in time but for now, try and embrace our new lives. And remember, your kids are just as confused and scared and anxious as you are. But we are all in this together and we WILL get through it.

So, from opera to kid’s workouts, live cam of Melbourne Zoo to cooking lessons, there’s a great range of activities here and I’ll be adding to it.

Best wishes, stay safe! x Alison


Coffs Libraries

Click on the “Young People” tab for some great links to resources


Blueberry Beetle Art Challenge

Submit a drawing, based on a theme given. Upload picture to win a prize.


Melbourne Zoo Live Cam

Watch ‘Penguin Cam’, ‘Giraffe Cam’, ‘Snow Leopard Cub Cam’ and more!


Scholastic Learn at Home

Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.


National Geographic Kids Australia

Fantastic site with interesting stories, competitions, games and more.


Smithsonian TT Junior

Interesting articles and facts.


12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Includes British Museum in London, Guggenheim in NYC and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


Daily Drawing Classes with Mo Willems

Well-known illustrator Mo Willems has announced that he’ll be doing Lunch Doodles for kids on YouTube!


Colouring-in Pages to Download

Created by Nathan Patterson,  artwork with a mixture of contemporary designs using traditional techniques that incorporate the dreamtime stories.


The Paris Opera

Screening its performances online for free – various shows coming up.

The Metropolitan Opera NYC

Another option to see opera, new shows every 24 hours.


Storyline Online

A collection of books read by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.


Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour!


Yellowstone National Park

Take a virtual tour of various sections of this amazing park in America.


Kid’s Cooking Classes

This is an American site, but still a really easy and simple way for kids to learn how to cook.


35 Recipes to Make with Your Kids


Kid workout site

Various programs just for kids to stay active.


PE with Joe

PE lessons every weekday to keep the kids moving.


Online Science Lessons with Street Science!

Explore the properties of energy.


30 Days of Lego Play



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have the rest of your week sorted with our daily animal live streams! ?

Start by watching us feed our mammoth Saltwater Crocodile, Rocky, today at 2:30pm.

At 11:30am tomorrow, head on over to @sealifesydneyaquarium to watch feeding time with the penguins.

And then tune in back with us on Friday to watch some adorable Quokka cuddles with Davey at 3pm


Labcoat Learning

Fun science lessons for kids.


Audio Elevenses

David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days.


ABC Radio School: Become a nature detective with Costa Georgiadis

Listen to how your kids can become nature detectives while staying at home.


And finally! Here’s a BIG list of education websites offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

 


If you know of or come across any other websites good to keep the kids busy leave a comment or send me an email – alison@coffsforkids.com



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Creative Kids vouchers welcome!

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Classes run by Meg from Blueberry Beetle.

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