MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM IRISH PRIMARY PRINCIPALS NETWORK
“STAY SAFE, STAY CALM AND CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN”
INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE
We have offered a lot of suggestions to your children for things to do during this time of uncertainty – there are many instructions, ideas and websites to help them continue with their schoolwork. The schoolwork should look after itself, but if it doesn’t, DON’T WORRY!! That’s what we teachers are here for… when we get through all of this, we’ll be there to get everybody back on track. That’s what we do. We’ll get everyone back to normal and WE will look after the schoolwork.
The children are just as scared as we are right now. Not only can they hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Neither have we. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds great, they are probably picturing a fun time where they can go out freely and play with their friends, not the reality of being stuck at home away from friends and extended family members.
What they need right now is to feel comforted and loved – to feel that it’s all going to be okay. That might mean that you tear up the perfect schoolwork schedule and focus on your child a bit more. Play outside and go on walks…do some cooking…bake cookies and paint pictures…play board games and watch movies…do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo…start a book and read together as a family…do 15 minutes of ‘mindfulness’ (they’ll show you how)…do SILLY things!!!
And, don’t forget to snuggle up and enjoy doing absolutely nothing…yes….NOTHING!!
When this crisis has passed, your children’s 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 those weeks is long gone. So, please, keep that in mind, every single day.
We’re all missing the children very much.
We’ll get them back on track.
(CLICK !! WHOLE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOL CLOSURE!! folder for lots of fun ideas)
#RTEHomeSchool launches this Monday 30TH MARCH! A daily, scheduled virtual classroom for all primary school kids. Watch it weekdays on #RTE2 from 11am, anytime on the @RTEPlayer and get all the resources at https://t.co/KSUgxxlRAu pic.twitter.com/pqkZgPu6jl