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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