I am not going to get into the whole COVID-19 issue that we keep reading and hearing about 27/7. All I am going to say is that our children are more impacted by it than we can imagine and while the lock-down is necessary, they suffer for not being able to go to school to learn and be with their friends. When the schools closed, my 5 year old wanted to know if all the children were home and when he could go back. I try every day to make the best out of this time together but his heart longs for social interaction.
After only one day of home schooling, he wanted to send this letter to his teachers and classmates. (I linked some resources under the key words).
* All activities were differentiated for a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old and the books were from our library.
Dear Juf M. and friends,
I really miss all of you!
I wanted to go to school today and I was very sad. My mum said we could do school at home but I knew that was not going to be as much fun as real school.
At school we are learning about animals and I want to keep learning about them.
Then we made an awesome alligator craft, using an envelope. It was a hand puppet.
My brother and I learned how to draw a crocodile. Mine was named Crocosaurus and my brother’s Croco. I also drew some eggs that were a bit cracked, about to hatch.
My crocodile had a shopping list, like the one in the book. He only ate things that started with the letter R, including me and a Rock Star.
We also watched a real fight between a shark and a crocodile on youtube. The shark won!
My favourite thing about today was when we made crocodile goo with shaving cream and blue and yellow food colouring. It was green and we put cars in it to see the traces they leave, we wrote in it with our fingers and we had so much fun!
But this was not real school and my mum is no Juf.