We are getting quite a lot of feedback from teachers, parents and this week we look forward to collecting feedback from the students. As you can see on the right- hand side of the blog is a link to any testimonials that we have collected over the last week.
As parents, we feel it now that routines are disrupted, schools are shut, families are acting differently from normal, playdates are cancelled, playgrounds are closed, your children are most likely showing energy in a different way and probably for some of the children they are 'bouncing off the walls.' Just remember a moving child is a learning child!
Let 'creativity run in your family for a while, my daughter woke up, dressed herself and decided she wanted to wear her swimming costume and make sure parents that you give yourself a break. I highly recommend the App, 'Calm.'
There are so many fun and free resources going around at the moment, probably too much. I recently discovered: Google 3D animals. Go to Google, type in the name of an animal and it should pop up on your phone in 3D and your child can pretend to be scared/hold/pet/feed or ride the animal. The photo above is Elsie with an Alligator.
I know for some of you you probably feel as though your children are following you around and wanting to remain very close to you, this is quite normal for children to exhibit this behaviour. They are experiencing a very different life right now and this is becoming the new norm. Just make sure to make time for cuddles and love and time for yourself.
The teachers are working tirelessly, planning for your children, so please be sure to say thank you, if you haven't already. Thank you to the parents who have been in touch and given us some helpful feedback.
There are a wealth of resources out there and I have highlighted some below.
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2020, March 22). Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
Mhonde, R. D. (2020, March 16). Talking to children about COVID-19: Reducing hysteria during a global emergency. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-reducing-hysteria-during-a-global-emergency/
Unicef. (n.d.). Covid-19 parenting tips. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.unicef.org/media/66146/file/COVID-19%20parenting%20tips.pdf
Weinstein, E. (2020, March 14). We're all in this together: Facing the coronavirus crisis. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/were-all-in-this-together-facing-the-coronavirus-crisis/
World Health Organization. (2020, March 12). Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf
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My hearts and thoughts are with you. One of the biggest issues in this new way of learning for parents seems to be, ‘how do I fit in the home learning and everything else I have to do during the day?’ Or 'How can I be sure that my child is doing enough?'
Organising the routine of the day together as a family is a great opportunity to collaborate with your child and empower them as IB learners, IB learners of any age.
1. Make a space for learning
Many adults have a specific area of the home in which they work, and it’s important that a similar space is created for your child. If you are all working in the same space, find a place in the space that is your child’s place to learn. If possible, this space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.
2. Build a daily routine
Children like routine and believe it or not, boundaries.
These help to provide a sense of safety and security for them.
A schedule, for your work and your child’s work, is extremely important. It is also important to keep the normal daily patterns of getting up, changing for work/school (not staying in their pj’s for the day which is very tempting), snack and meal times, a time to play and have fun and keep to the normal sleeping patterns.
3. Remember to have some fun
It is important to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, it can also be the hardest thing to be all home together in close confines, so see this as an opportunity to bond. Some families have said they are organising a family tournament, family card games, board games, puzzles, charades, or chess. Some families are enjoying preparing the meals and cooking together, listening to music together and having a daily family yoga session.
4. Its okay to be bored
As a parent myself, I feel at times that my children have to be constantly entertained and kept busy and that they always have to be doing something. It is okay for children to say they are bored
Please be patient when waiting for feedback from the teacher to be posted. Teachers are aiming to give feedback to every child in a timely fashion however this will not be immediate as their day is not only spent reading work uploaded but they are also in daily meetings with the other members of their team.
Next week, we will launch into week 2, having met with some key teachers, administration, and received feedback from parents and teachers, we have considered how we can make changes to the planning to best fit into everyone's lives at the moment.
Your teachers will be contacting you to ket you know exactly what this means.
Remember it doesn’t all have to be done!
Stay well, stay safe,
Head of Primary
Schools Are Closing for Coronavirus. Now What?
Education may be disrupted, but that doesn’t mean our kids have to lose out. (New York Times)
Hopefully you are all keeping well and remaining highly vigilant during this pandemic. You would have all received the message from school that OIS will remain closed for the foreseeable future and that on-line learning or ‘school from school’ learning will take place from Monday 23rd March.
This is the first time I have been involved in leading anything like this in a school and I hope that we do the best we can to make sure that your children are still learning even though they are not in school. From our home survey for access to technology, 458 parents completed the survey; most responded positively to the question about access to devices. Whilst having access is important for distant learning to happen, we are insisting that teachers share a balance of both on-line and offline learning engagements; we don’t want teachers to become parents, we don’t want to cause family stress and we don’t want our Primary children spending too long in front of a screen. Please remember that this type of learning will look very different from a typical school day.
From Sunday evening, teachers will be contacting you about next steps, we are expected to launch our distant learning on Monday 23rd March, if you do not receive an email, don’t understand the tasks on instructions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher in the first instance.
Teachers have worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks to ensure that we are ready to go on Monday. Please forgive us if we make mistakes or that balancing the set tasks is proving to be an issue for your child, we are there to support you first and foremost. As a working parent, I even experimented with using Seesaw at home with my six year old, and even for a teacher and a student who knew what they were to do, two learning engagements took us some time to complete. So please do not feel any pressure to complete tasks but make sure your child is involved in doing the task.
I am sure you are reading many different types of advice available on the web and I hope you have found sources that are trusted, reliable and accurate. My advice with your Primary children over the next few weeks would be:
Please take care,
Miss Lisa Hughes
Head of Primary
Oberoi International School; JVLR campus
A huge thank you to all the parents who showed up for SLCs.
The aim of SLCs, is to encourage student agency and empower students to take charge of their own learning. Quite often, parents and teachers are in discussions about children but IB schools believe that the more the student is involved in their own learning the more it makes sense to them and gives them an opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning. It is quite amazing to see our youngest learners show and discuss, with confidence, about what they know and understand.
Thank you for your feedback,
Head of Primary