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Preparing for the school year

We entered 2021 in lockdown level 3. In these uncertain times we cannot predict what tomorrow will hold. As schools prepare for the 2021 school year, we expect that the priorities will be the same as the past year which is to keep learners, teachers and support staff safe.

2020 was a difficult year for parents, teachers and learners alike, as all parties had to make adjustments to the new way of teaching and learning, and through this we developed new skills and behaviors. We can all learn from the experiences of 2020 and apply it to the 2021 school year.

Here are some tips to help us face the new school year:

⦁ Changing behaviors

Remind your child about the importance of wearing a mask, sanitising and social distancing as this is vital for their health and safety as well as that of others.

Encourage them to use fun and different greeting gestures that do not involve physical contact with their peers.

⦁ Caring for yourself and your child

This is a stressful time for all so remember to take care of yourself. Share your feelings of uncertainty, stress and frustration. Encourage healthy methods of coping with these feelings, for example: listening to music, exercising, going for a walk/run in nature, talking to friends and family or any other creative outlets.

Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help during these unprecedented times. Take comfort in knowing that you are not going through this alone.

⦁ Learning continues…

Help your child structure their day by setting up a schedule, making to-do lists and keeping track of all assessments on a calendar for you and your child to view. Allow for sufficient down time as well as time for household chores in the schedule.

Whether the school adopts a one week on, one week off approach or three days on, two days off, do not put pressure on yourself or your child to complete all their school work in one sitting during their off days.
Mirror as closely as possible, the school times at home during their off days. This will create a sense of stability and structure.

Remember that your child can also learn from their peers. Older siblings can explain difficult concepts to younger siblings or your child can communicate with their classmates on social media so that they can assist one another with school work which creates an alternative support system.

Practice patience, positive reinforcement and encourage new ways of learning.

⦁ Manage your and your child’s expectations

The 2020 school year was extremely difficult and tiring, many leaners did not reach the goals they set at the beginning of the year. It is natural for a parent/caregiver to be concerned but it is important to be forgiving and understanding as your child has had to overcome many challenges and disruptions to the year.

2021 may be very similar to 2020 as the second wave has arrived. Therefore goals and targets that your child sets as they enter the new school year may change as the year passes. Schools may adjust their schedule as we go through various lockdown stages this year.
Reassure your child that if schools close again due to a rise in COVID-19 cases that their learning will continue at home with your support, encouragement and motivation.

It is important that you encourage your child to speak up if they are struggling so that they may receive additional support from their teachers and/or tutor.

We wish you and your family all the best for the 2021 school year and the preparation thereof.

Math & Me is committed to fostering your child’s future.

Bryce Jones
(Head Tutor & Teacher)

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