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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Posted on 30 March, 2020 by Administrator
Dear ELC Parents and Carers,
As you begin home learning in these coming few days, you will undoubtedly create expectations and a timetable of learning for your child. This is great! However, I’m going to ask you to remember, in all of this, your child is just as scared as we are right now. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, they feel our anxiety. Like us, they have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like the Christmas break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends. For those at school, it is a totally changed landscape. Social distancing enforced, ridged hygiene practices and online learning are not what they envision as a great day at school.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your child. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, because they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances. Try to deal calmly with these behaviours and remember, they are scared not naughty.
What children need right now more than anything, is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. That might mean that you tear up your timetable on some days and love your children a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Play board games and watch movies. Do some cooking together or find virtual excursions of the museums. If you are working, I know you will be exhausted but go that next mile and spare some time to be with your child once you are home. Don’t be upset because the house isn’t tidy, or the dishes haven’t been done. This can wait. This is all new and scary for them.
Do your best to get some learning into your child every day, but don’t turn this into a nightmare for you and your child. Don’t worry excessively about them regressing in school. Every single student in 40 different countries is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will of course work with them where they are. It’s amazing how quickly students can catch up when the lessons are targeted and explicit. ELC teachers are experts at this!
If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your child’s mental health is more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone.
Remember, we are here for you. We are thinking of you and we are praying doubly hard for you. If you need anything, phone us. We will help wherever we can.
Stay safe and God Bless you.