We hope you and your child are feeling ready to return to school either tomorrow or Thursday. Some of our Back to School tips may give you some ideas and help you all focus on the positives.
Back to School Tip #7: Make a Difference – Small things can make a difference
Your Child: Discuss with your child what they did to make a difference to someone in your community or your environment over the past few months. These could be things such as displaying a rainbow, shopping for a grandparent or cutting the grass for a neighbour.
Acknowledge the small things – for example notice your child when they help a sibling, put litter in the bin, help around the home.
You: Talk about who or what made a difference to you or your family during lockdown. This could be something that seems small, like someone calling when you needed cheering up. Consider how you made a difference and what else you’d like to do.
Together: By each of us washing our hands, wearing a mask when necessary and keeping a distance we help protect others.
Staff at Roseburn want to help our children make as smooth a transition as possible back into school and to feel safe and happy here with us. All week we will be sharing some more tips which will hopefully give some helpful ideas.
Back to School Tip #6: Take a Moment – We all need some time out
Your Child:Reflect on what you have noticed helps or may help your child to cope with new or difficult situations or emotions, such as listening to music, jumping on the trampoline, etc. It might be helpful to practice new coping strategies together and plan for how these can be used when things are tricky.
You: Being a parent can be really tough! Doing things to look after our own wellbeing helps to manage stress, boost our confidence and makes us more able to cope with the ups and downs. Try to prioritise doing something that improves your wellbeing – it might help to set aside some time each day. You could chat with a friend, go for a walk, read a book, go fishing, etc.
Together: If appropriate, share with your child a way you have managed a difficult situation.
We are delighted to share Back to School Tip number 5, which suggests some ideas for the children starting back to school next week. We would love to hear what things you are doing to make the transition a little smoother.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend. Next week may bring challenges but we will work to tackle them together. As always, if there is anything we can do to help then do not hesitate to get in touch.
Back to School Tip #5: Challenge Your Mindset – Remember we can cope – we just did
Your Child:It can be unsettling not knowing what may happen. Help your child focus on all the things they do know, such as how to get to school, what they will wear, seeing a friend. Introduce new information gradually as it becomes available.
Everyone is a unique individual. Discuss with your child the little things that they can do or have already achieved. Remind them of these skills and successes when embarking on a new challenge.
You: It is normal that many children and parents will be feeling anxious. Try to focus on how you will manage rather than what might go wrong. Show confidence, even if you are feeling a bit wobbly, it helps that your child sees that you have a plan to carry out together.
Building resilience can help us to develop the skills we need to cope with challenging times. Each day we are sharing tips for families which offer suggestions which may help with the return to school.
Back to School Tip #4: Look on the Bright Side – Find positive moments, however small, each day
Our brains are wired to notice threats, sometimes this stops us from seeing the good stuff. It can mean we have to really try to be positive.
Your child:Help your child identify the positive things about lockdown easing or returning to school. Who might they be looking forward to seeing or what might they be looking forward to doing?
You: Consider the positives for you of lockdown easing and children returning to school.
Together: It can be helpful to make time each day to think of one or two positive things. It may be nice to write these down in diary or post them in a jar. Share them with your child and listen to their ideas. You could have a phrase like, “Today I loved…. playing football with you”.
For some the return to school may be a busy and exciting time, for others it may cause some anxiety and worry. We have developed these Back to School Tips to support families with some ideas to help support wellbeing.
Back to School Tip #3: Talk Things Over – It’s good to talk…and listen
Your child: Notice when is a good time and make space for your child to talk about things. This may be walking the dog, in the car or at bedtime. Create opportunities for your child to build a relationship with another family member, trusted adult or professional.
Be available to actively listen to what your child is thinking or how they are feeling. Name what you think they are feeling, let them know you understand and try not to jump in too soon with a solution. For example, “It sounds like you’re worried about having no one to play with, I can see why that’s upsetting you.”
After the school day, your child may need time to wind down before telling you about their day. You could try sharing something about your day first.
You: Think about who you can talk to about any concerns or worries you have, such as a friend, family member or maybe a professional.
We are sure many families will be starting to make plans to help with the return to school. If there is anything we can do to help you make the transition easier, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you find these Back to School Tips useful.
Back to School Tip #2: Be Kind to Others – Everyone needs kindness
Your Child: Encourage your child to think of ways they can be kind to others. Pay attention and praise your child when you notice them doing this. “It was kind of you to… share with your friend/ include them in your group at break”.
Children learn by watching others – show or tell your child ways you have been kind to others. For example, “I had a chat with our neighbour, she looked a bit sad.”
You: Notice other parents on their own in and around the school, you never know who may welcome a friendly greeting or chat.
Above all, be kind to yourself. We have all been through exceptional circumstances.
We are so excited to welcome our children back to school next week. We all want to help our children and young people make as smooth a transition as possible back into school and to feel safe and happy there. Here at Roseburn, we are delighted to help launch the Edinburgh Back to School campaign with our partners across the city. We will be sharing some tips and resources which have been developed for families over the next couple of weeks.
As always, if there is anything we can do to help you and your family, do not hesitate to get in touch!
Back to School Tip #1: Keep Connected – Relationships matter
Your Child: Support your child to contact a friend from school, chat online or spend some time together before the start of term. For children who may find this difficult, help plan an activity or discuss ideas of what they could talk about.
Think of ways your child can feel connected to you when they return to school, e.g. give them a picture, a written message or a familiar object that they can take with them in their pocket or bag. Schools will give advice on what your child can bring with them initially.
You: Arrange to meet or call a friend or another parent, have a chat and share your plans for returning to school. Suggest walking to school together or arrange to meet up after school starts.
Together: Share anything important that has happened during lockdown with school at the start of term – let them know about any family changes, positive achievements or challenges experienced. Your child may want to draw a picture or take a photo of something positive they have done to share with a staff member or their friends.
For our final week of term we have our whole school learning grid. This week it is All About Roseburn. We hope that you will enjoy an array of activities including various Scavenger Hunts, Guess Who and lots of other fun ways to explore the different areas of the curriculum.
As is normal in our last week of term – there is a Roseburn’s Got Talent section. We know that you are a truly talented bunch so we would love to see your contributions. Perhaps you could do a whole family entry! Remember you can share these via teams, journals, email and twitter.
It has been a challenging term for everyone and we have definitely had to deal with , and manage, the unexpected. We hope you manage to enjoy this Home Learning Grid and celebrate how great Roseburn really is.