We have many teachers using Surfeel in clasrooms, from early years until 4th grade, as in the testimonial above (which you can also see on Facebook).
They say that the advantage of Surfeel is to create a space for children to talk about their emotions between them, instead of only with adults. They also say that the best result is a change in behaviour: fewer fights and less aggressiveness, for exemple instead of hitting when someone pushes them, they recognize the emotion and that they have a choice of what to do next. Using the program as a group fosters positive interactions and group cohesion.
An external evaluation by a research university shows that the program is accessible and effective in teaching emotional intelligence and coping strategies to children. We also anticipate better school grades because the scientific evidence shows that social and emotional learning programs improve school results by 11 percentile points on average (reference).
One session usually has 5-10 minutes of video, 5-10 minutes of debating, and 30-40 minutes of an arts and crafts activity (possibly with our songs playing in the background). Teachers and educator teams implement this program once or twice a week, i.e. the program has sessions for 18 or 9 weeks.
The pace and tone of the Surfeel videos is excellent for use in Early Years settings. Surfeel is a fantastic character whom children instantly engage with. The videos are interactive and fun, allowing the children to learn about and discuss their emotions in a safe and supportive way. The videos are calming and educational, whilst providing an excellent platform for talking about feelings.
My class particularly enjoyed watching Surfeel surfing the waves of emotion and were keen to rewatch the video as a way to calm down and reflect on their day. The children even wanted to write letters to Surfeel and we have since used the analogy of emotions coming and going like waves to calm children and help them overcome overwhelming emotions.