School Closure for Covid-19 Emergency
These are Extraordinary Times. However challenging things are at the moment, we will never forget this period of history and will be sources of evidence for our grandchildren and great grandchildren! Look after yourselves, keep in touch with us, make memories. We care about you, our whole Burnhaven Family.
Not our words, but we couldn’t agree more.
Such great advice 🙌
Dear parents with school aged children,
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. We’ll certainly be providing you with lots of ideas for learning and keeping spirits up. But here’s the thing…
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for a number of weeks sounds brilliant, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being isolated at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Go on a walk. Bake and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be okay. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during the weeks off is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.
Burnhaven Staff 💙