‘Time To Come In, Bear’
“Coronavirus is entrenched among us and the world community for some time yet. It has brought with it uncertainty, worry, sadness and a whole host of new words. If you are like me it’s getting to the point where it is difficult to keep up with all the new terminology that is associated with Coronavirus and their meanings. Listed below are just some of the words that I have heard or read regularly over the last few weeks:
- Community Spread
- Contact Tracing
- Index Case
- Social Distancing
The above words are just a sample of the ‘coronavirus glossary’ that is regularly being used in media pieces and also in general conversation. As such, as teachers and parents we need to be aware of this and also aware of the confusion that such words might be placing on our children.
One of the above terms that is certainly relevant to all our children is ‘social distancing’. Now more than ever ‘social distancing’ is a concept that we should all take the time to explain and make sense of with the youngest ones in our community. I have included below a short video that explains Social Distancing in the most child friendly way; I ask that you take the time to watch it and explore its meaning with your children.
Mr. Brett Macdouall, Vice-Principal
Teaching about resilience and healthy coping mechanisms for stress
“The kindy team is definitely finding rhythm and routine with providing online learning to our little people.
The International PKJK class have been having one-on-one lessons with me as well as ‘social’ hangouts on Skype to see and talk to their friends. Self -isolation is difficult for everyone, but especially for little people that may not fully understand what is going on. It is important that as adults we are mindful of how we are responding to information and current events. Children learn, either directly or indirectly, on how to deal with challenges and stress from observing and listening to the adults around them. This is a perfect opportunity for us to be teaching about resilience and healthy coping mechanisms for stress.
Most of the online classes in International PKJK this week have involved the children sharing stories with me. We play silly games, we pull faces, we laugh, we talk about how we are feeling and what might be making us feel that way, I tell stories and the children act it out, we pretend to feed each other ice-cream over the computers and share ideas of what we would like to learn more about. Through dialogue we are learning so many concepts (shape, colour, letters, sounds, etc) through fun and interactive conversation.
Spending time online where we get to see and hear each other is imperial to continue to develop rapport and for children that don’t speak English at home to continue to develop their language skills. Seeing the little people giggle and watching their interactions continue to develop definitely warms my heart as their teacher. I hope our silly games also bring a smile to their faces during these trying times.”
Ms. Hannah White, International Pk/JK Teacher, Learning Lead of Early Years
Sending Positive Vibes Your Way
“With so many distractions in the wider world, it’s incredible to see the focus of our students and their ability to adapt to the radical changes both at home and in their schooling.
This week we have noticed incredible kindness and support amongst our learners. One example of which is that of two of our learners in grades 3 and 4 international, Logan and Josh. Following a conversation about our strengths and areas that need improvement in Maths, the two boys asked if they could set up a Skype conversation in which one could use their strength to help the other improve and visa versa. The boys have gone out of their way to improve their skills and to share their knowledge and time with each other. Well done, boys. You are a credit to yourselves, your families and the wider community and world. “Spread kindness like confetti”.
As we all make the most of what we have in these strange times, we need to take time out for ourselves, reflect and look at the silver linings. We have each other. We have a wonderful school community and the wider community of Hoi An/ DaNang. For all the negativity that Coronavirus brings, there are so many positives. We are brought closer together as families, spending quality time together, learning more about each other and realising what is really important- each other. Children are still learning. Their love and fondness for school can be seen in their eagerness to return- now that, is magic.
Please remember to take time out for yourselves too. Self-isolation can be quite tedious and lonely. Perhaps follow some yoga or fitness videos on YouTube, challenge other friends online to complete a remote fitness routine. Paint, sketch, draw, make crafts, cook, bake, read. Do what makes you happy, in the safe space of your home. And please remember to reach out to family and friends if you are feeling isolated.
Spending time with your family is one thing you will never regret. Treasure even the most tedious of moments for one day you will look back at those memories with fondness. And remember, for every sunset there is a sunrise around the corner. Take each day as it comes and be kind to yourselves.
Wishing you all safety and peace at this time.”
Ms. Aoif International Grade 3-4, Learning Lead of Primary
Create Your Own Comics
“Last week, Secondary students had two very special guests join their art class to talk about creating comic books: Cat Staggs, an illustrator and Amanda Deibert, a writer. Both have worked on a number of well-known comic books and have recently worked on Wonder Woman together.
Our students were able to ask Cat and Amanda about how they develop characters, their creative process, and how they became professionals in their fields. Students will be using what they learned to help them create their own comics in Art and English class.”
Mrs. Amanda Deibert, Art Teacher, Learning Lead of Specialist Subjects