Routine – A daily routine will help your child to feel more settled in these unusual circumstances. You will know what’s best for your child.
Balance – Dividing your time between learning, play, exercise and relaxation will help to ensure things don’t get too fraught at home.
Little and often – Short periods of learning (up to 15-20 mins) followed by a break are best for keeping your child interested in learning tasks.
Personalise – Your teachers are providing links to resources and ideas for learning activities. Use them in a way that suits you best – you are a parent/carer, not a teacher. If things are not working, then try something different.
Be practical – Children learn best when activities are engaging and practical. If you can link the learning to real-life, even better!
Lifeskills – Doing tasks together in the house or garden can provide great learning opportunities and if they involve any reading or maths, that’s a bonus.
Stay active – Any sort of physical activity you can do during the day will help with both physical health and mental health.
Celebrate – Notice and praise all your child’s successes and keep sharing them with us.
Enjoy! – Treasure and make the most of the extra time you have together with your child.
Be kind to yourself – Everyone’s finding the current situation hard. You are doing enough by loving and supporting your child through this difficult time.
We will continue to answer your emails, reply to your voicemails and provide support and updates to the learning resource page on the school website.
Thank you so much for all the continued support as we go through this very challenging time. I will be posting updates on here as frequently as we have additional information. I know that this is a strange time for you all but rest assured we are here to provide work and try to answer any questions that you may have.
We are adding to the on-line resources very frequently so please do keep checking there.
I am already excited about having the usual hustle and bustle of school life and know that the children are very safe in their loving homes with you until that time.
Stay safe everyone.
I am so proud of you all! I know that you know that my biggest wish for you always is that you are safe and I know that this is what your mums/dads/carers are doing right now – they are keeping you safe and so that makes me really happy.
I hope that you are doing your school work each day – I want to see how much progress you have made when you come back to us. Maybe you could ask your parents/carers to email me some of the work that you have done and then we can post it on our Facebook page for all your friends to see too. If you have any exciting stories that you would like to share through social media or our website then send these in too and we will share them – just like we would if you were all in school but we can just do it virtually instead!
Remember about making positive choices and make sure that you are doing all that you can to help around the house. I would like you all to challenge yourself to do one act of kindness each day please and write about this in a diary so that we can all share these.
Remember that at the moment we can’t go out and about as much as we would like to. This is the same for lots and lots of people all over the world. But remember – its isn’t forever, its just for a little while until we help everyone around us to help stop the virus from spreading.
Take care everyone.
The Forest School