07 May Learning From Home
Today (7 May) marks the end of Week 3 of Learning from Home and parents and carers are doing a wonderful job creating a positive environment and experience for their children. The partnership between school and home to support each child’s learning has probably never been more important. With support and encouragement from home and regular communication from teachers, children have continued their learning by engaging in a variety of rich, well-designed, purposeful experiences. It’s been a unique time for parents to engage more fully with their child’s learning and become even more aware of their wellbeing. Here are some more tips to help continue the great work Learning from Home:
- Begin and end each day with an active check-in to help students reflect on their learning progress. Encourage students to talk about their learning, what their learning goals are and how they think they are going.
- Believe in your child’s potential and encourage them to work in interdependent ways.
- Stick to established routines and expectations. Use the timetable provided by your school to set regular hours for schoolwork and keep normal bedtime routines for younger children as sleep is so important.
Collaboration, group work and peer feedback during Learning from Home require students to communicate online and work together in digital spaces.
It is important during this period to maintain safe and responsible use of technologies including digital platforms, privacy and information protection, respectful communication and dealing quickly with any online issues.
Advice from the eSafety Commission reminds parents that it’s not possible to be at your child’s side every second of the day, so it’s important to talk with them about online safety issues to help develop their critical thinking and ability to make good choices. It’s also good to let them know they can come to you for help if they have any concerns. You may feel they know more about the latest technology than you do, but you have more life experience to guide them. The eSafety Commission website provides more great advice and practical information for parents.
Prayer for Peace Within
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Talk openly and regularly to your whole family about what is happening. Understanding the situation can alleviate anxiety. Help your children to think about how they have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure them that they will cope with this situation too.
Remind them that the isolation won’t last forever. Keep in touch with friends and family, take regular breaks and encourage physical activity. Contact school counsellors if you think your child needs additional help. Schedule quiet time for prayer, meditation or reflection.