The RIDBC teaching teams are advocates for understanding that learning from home is going to look different to learning in the classroom. That thought is echoed by year 1/2 teacher Lizi who said, “There is a time for directed learning, but that learning will look different for every child, in every home.”
Teacher Lizi shares words of wisdom for parents – “Remember to take the time to play, to create, to be active, to get outside when you can. Follow your child’s interests, show them some of yours. Teach your child to entertain themselves whilst you work. Spend some time in front of a screen, and some time without. Eat some junk food, prepare lots of healthy snacks. Teach your child that life is about balance.”
Year 3/4 teacher Julia suggests asking and exploring your child’s feelings, particularly during uncertain and challenging times. “Our class performed a mental health/wellbeing check-in today to see how they’re feeling after a week at home. I was so impressed with their responses particularly how honest they were.”
For year 5/6 teacher Laisarn, the students are offered choice – “I encourage to be active while learning from home. The students can choose between doing daily fitness or yoga”.
The lesson – find the harmony between living and learning.