Kia ora koutou e te Whānau.
We understand these are extraordinary times. Our thoughts are with you and your families as we are all in this together - He waka eke noa. We have compiled some resources and activities that will support you and your children with Learning from home.
The message below was shared with us by Lisbeth Swanson, the director of StoryWays, and is consistent with our philosophy.
You’ve got this! There is not a race to learning. You do not need to pick up where your child’s teacher has left off. Your child’s intellectual and academic learning is not at risk. Learning and development is a long and fluid process. Remember that all of our children are in the same boat. When your child returns to school their teachers will pick up and move on from where they are at. If your child has been given school-based tasks to complete, avoid the ‘battleground’ and give them options and support to do this. Everyday life offers so many opportunities for our children to develop their language and communication skills. Spoken language is our greatest asset in future learning. Learning at home is as easy as 1,2,3; talking, playing and sharing a story. Plus, daily chores and responsibilities of course! The activities we suggest offer a pleasure bridge to future reading and writing. Have fun and reassure your children that life will return to normal, that they are loved and safe and that we are all doing the right thing to look after each other. Arohanui families.
While we will make daily suggestions you may well have many other great ideas that you use instead. Our suggestions are not required to be done that day but can be kept for another time or not at all. We are aware that everybody’s situation is different and that you will know best what might work for you and your whānau. The best thing you can do for now is read to and with your children. Talk and engage, enjoy the time you will have with them!
Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi
May the calm be widespread, may the ocean glisten as greenstone, may the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway
Noho ora mai (Stay well, look after yourself, good bye)