KIA ORA/GREETINGS TO ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL
Our best wishes go out to all our families over this particularly challenging time as we once again find ourselves in Lockdown. Teachers will have contacted you to set up learning for your child and provide access to their learning sites whether it be Class Dojo, Seesaw, Google Classroom or Hapara. If you are still having difficulty please email your child’s teacher so that they can get this sorted for you.
Great to see some of the creative ways families are participating in their home learning. We would love to have you share your experiences with photos so that we can put them in our newsletter.
I have included some guidelines around routines and online safety that we shared last time for families as for some of you this is the first time you will have school age children during a Lockdown. A reminder that all family situations are different and you are the best person to decide how much or how little of the shared class tasks your child participates in.
SETTING UP ROUTINES AT HOME
Most children feel safe when there are clear routines put in place. Routines are important in order to keep things calm. You may want to consider the following when setting up these routines:
- Think of the structure of your day ahead. Discuss and write these down – and try to stick to them vigilantly. And if they don’t work? Simply review and adjust.
- Break the day up into a number activity sessions, which will depend on the age of the child.
- Such activity sessions can range between 15-40 minutes, depending on the activity and the age of the child.
- When are your meal and snack times?
- We persevere as much as we can and then try to extend that time a little longer (eg if 5 minutes concentrating is hard, celebrate that success, and extend the goal to 6 minutes using a timer).
- We allow short brain or fitness/moving breaks to keep developing focus for gradually longer times. Fruit breaks are great. And plenty of water helps with the learning and concentration.
- Give yourself as parents time out (“me time”) during the day, and when the kids are on their beds (ideally) reading a story and, if not, listening to a story
- Have strong limits on the use of devices! These should not be used for entertainment during the day.
- And remember – While working with others is good, also allow your child to play on his/her own. You do not have to organise “every minute” of the day. Children need to learn to entertain themselves without a device or TV.
CYBER SAFETY AT HOME
At school we utilise internet safety software and have an internet agreement that must be adhered to. With your child increasing their online activity at home over the next few weeks families will need to think about expectations and restrictions for their children to keep them safe. Below are some links which can support you in this.
CALF CLUB 2021 – into the unknown…
We hope that you and yours are all well in your bubble. We are still beavering away behind the scenes working on calf club for 2021. Entries will be open when we return to school, however animals still need to be born before August 31. We can’t make a decision about calf club being held until we really know what is happening, though based on last year it is unlikely this will be held in its current format unless we are at level 1.Of course we will keep you posted on this. In the meantime make the most of the extra time that you are able to spend with your animal, and of course we have our DIY creation which could potentially run regardless in level 2. Have a look at the flier attached and get into it. Keep safe.
Looks like you have been busy over the lockdown. Great work everyone!