Dear Parents, 

  As we are about to start Week 2 of home schooling, I wanted to remind you that you are not alone. Many of you might be looking forward to the week ahead, while many will feel they are swinging between anxiety, dread and panic. All it means is that you are human and trying your best. 

Here are a few pointers and reminders to help you start the week the right way.

1. Remember to look after yourself. Make sure you start the day with breakfast, eat properly and create an island of time for yourself each day.

2. Trying to multi-task when you are supervising you children doing home schooling might end up leading to frustration on everyone's part. When your child is doing a task that might involve your support, make sure to be available for them. Plan the day according to the times that works best for everyone so that you can be present for your child/children.

3. See each day as a new day and a new opportunity. Be positive. Start the morning with prayers followed by some exercises or just dance! When my boys were younger I used to dance with them often. Play some energising music if you sense lethargy. Play some nature music, to set the mood for studying. I often have nature sounds playing in my classroom at school.  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0tU18Ybcvk )

4. Remember that you are not expected to be a teacher. You are facilitating their work. Give them choices as much as possible. "Today we are going to be doing some maths and some reading. which one would you like to do first?"

5.  Use a timer.  This will give them as sense of how to manage time, which will be a great asset when they are back at school. Here is a link to a timer on line: https://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/

6. If you put too much pressure on yourselves, the children will feel the pressure too. Learn from a pressure cooker - steam needs to be released in a slow and controlled way otherwise it can blow up!

Finally,

7. When I was home schooling my children, I created a song for them to sing before school started and at the end of the day, so that they would know the transition between 'school' and 'home'. They would line up at the dining room door and we would sing the song together. When their learning day was over, they would line up again and sing the song before 'going home'.  Make up your own song or used the adapted version of my song below. I would love to receive recording of your children singing on our e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Here is the song:

"It's a Great School" - to the tune of "It's a Small World"  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jiaU0xbOKs )

It's a school of laughter, a school of fun

And for me this school is the only one

It's a school for me, its a school for you,

It's a school for everyone

It's a great school after all

We will miss you in the summer

It's a great school after all

King David School at home!

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!!