So, let’s explain the turbulence! The start of every year is always the biggest intake of children and this is usually a smoothish(!) process. Yes, there are always some initial tears in the first few days but this year has felt different. My belief is that because of the lockdown and continuing into winter with uncertainty, the start back to ‘normal’ has been harder. Thinking this through, it really should not be surprising as our little children have spent far more time with their parents and families in their homes than they would ordinarily have done. There has been no school, play groups, swimming, playgrounds as well as other extra-curricular activities. But there has been a safeness and security in staying at home and bunkering down. Naturally it makes perfect sense that in coming out of our respective homes to resume normal life there has been a level of anxiety attached. Add social distancing and other measures and restrictions into the mix, and all in all it has made the start of term more turbulent than in normal times.
So the dropping off in the school garden has been different. For some several few the goodbyes have been hard all round with both children and parents feeling the weight. That said there have been many who have been more than happy to get back to daily routines, and we have observed children getting stuck into nursery, and parents happily waving them off. Thus, it has been curious and interesting in making these observations as these first few weeks progressed. The good news is that we are nearly there! And that is thanks to the will and care of everyone involved. Hence just like childbirth we are beginning to experience the rewards of time.
And now to explain the ‘due-date’ analogy…
I had made some lovely plans to bring out our continents puzzle and begin to label the different continents. This followed on from our land, water and air lesson last week. However, with all the differing arrangements as settling all the children in has taken precedence, our in-depth look ended up being more a quick look. And thus the best laid plans and all that!
The children enjoyed looking at the Continents puzzle, and we had some lovely moments when we were recalling the names. I held up Europe and one girl said it was called ‘Syrup’. Then when we looked at Africa one child said they thought it was cold in Africa. I asked why. And he replied ‘because it’s green and it’s green here and it’s cold.’ I thought that was a timely moment to introduce the concept of the Equator.:-)
Here is another little photo selection of what we have got up to this past week. Enjoy!