Good morning Bobcats!  The sun is out and we are ready to begin a new week!

TEACHER-LED DISTANCE LEARNING TIPS:  Teacher-led distance learning is certainly different and can sometimes be challenging.  Here are some tips to help you and your child continue to be successful:

  1. Stick to a routine.   Create a daily schedule with your child and hang it on the refrigerator or somewhere where you can see it each day.  Wake up, get dressed, and have breakfast at the normal time.  Stick with normal bedtime routines as much as possible during the week.  List times for learning, exercise, and breaks.  For example, for younger children, 15 minutes of class assignments/work followed by 10 minutes of physical activity might work.  Older children and teens may be able to focus on assignments for longer stretches of time, taking breaks between subjects. Schedule time for nutritious lunches and snacks!  Remember that Nutrition for Learning is offering daily pop-up snacks at various school locations.  Check this link for their daily schedule:   https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/pop-up-snacks/   Finally, be sure to include breaks from work to relax and connect with each other.   Continue to have fun!
  2. Location, location, location.  Decide where everyone can do their work most effectively and without distractions.  Ideally this would be a different set up from where your child watches TV or plays games.  Leave cell phones and other distractions in another room while work is being done!
  3. Connect with your child’s teacher!  Teachers are more than willing to connect with you via Google Classroom and email.  Ask questions if your child is having difficulty managing the online learning platform or staying on task. Be sure to check for any communications from the teacher as well.  We want to help and are here for you so please do not hesitate to ask!
  4. Encourage physical activity and exercise.   Make sure you take frequent breaks from the computer and do any form of physical activity.  You could set up times for ‘recess’ just like they had at school- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Stretch, walk the dog, go for a bike ride, play in the backyard, or do jumping jacks — any movement helps!
  5. Take care of you!  This one is extra important, and we hear it often, but take care of your own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.   Have your child show you how they do Christian Meditation at school for even 5 to 10 minutes per day.   Visit our Board’s Pray@Home for prayers and reflections to use at home with your child:  https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/pray-at-home/.   Check our Board’s WCDSBLearn@Home portal for resources on mental health: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/.   Now more than ever, find ways to stay in touch and connect virtually or by phone with others to share worries, advice, and the unexpected joys of living life during this time.  You are not alone in this journey!  And, remember that we have the power to come out stronger from this experience!  Please know that we are here to help and support you and contact us if we can help in any way.   We got this Bobcats!!

 

 

WACKY HAIR DAY:   This Friday, April 24th is Wacky Hair Day!  Bobcats, we want to see your creativity.   This means you too parents!!!!   Start thinking about what you will do with your hair and make sure you take a picture and share it with us on Twitter @CTKBobcats!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!