I have been reading many articles this week searching for answers as to how to navigate on this journey.
I now summarise relevant pieces of information.
This is a really strange time but the following tips and ideas might make the next few weeks at home a little more manageable. Maybe some of them will be useful for you and maybe some won’t work so pick and choose to best suit your children.
While I think it is absolutely brilliant to see so many companies, teachers and other educators sharing ideas and activities for you to use at home, I do also find that it can be totally overwhelming and can lead to parents and guardians wondering if they are doing enough or comparing themselves to other parents. You know your child best – you know what they need and what works best for them so do it your own way. Don’t be under any pressure to complete every single fantastic idea that you see. Pick and choose what you think will work best for you and your family.
This is a scary time for everyone. It’s strange to be working from home particularly as we are not really sure when this will all be over. Our ‘normal’ day to day routines are completely changed. The same goes for the children. This is a tricky time for them – I imagine the initial delight of having 2 weeks off school has worn off a bit as they are not able to just carry on as normal, meeting and playing with friends and going to G.A.A. or rugby or gymnastics. Let them have time to just be kids as they try to make sense of what is happening and process the changes to their normal lives.
· Your child’s teacher will send a weekly workbank comprising of 5 days work to you on each Monday morning during normal school time. Can you encourage your child to complete the work that has been assigned on a day to day basis as if your child were in school.
· This work will be sent via Aladdin and will also appear on the school website on your child’s class page.
· Please use this time also to revise what the child has learned already and then maybe give them some challenges based on what they’ve learned.
· Teach your child ‘real life’ skills – baking and cooking, sewing on a button, putting on a wash, folding laundry, ironing, budgeting, money, telling the time, cleaning etc.
Most importantly I hope that we as a community are doing okay.
On behalf of the staff of Scoil Naomh Eltin I wish each and every family in the school a safe journey at this time
Susan O’ Hanrahan