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
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