Kia ora koutou e te Whānau.
We are leaving the "learning at home" resources on our website for your reference, and just in case we go back to a level 3 lockdown. There are some really good quality learning apps and websites that you might like to explore with your child.
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.
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)