Critchill School Support
Critchill School have invited us to link to their page offering home-school support with some physical activities, Thrive support and a range of social stories to support discussion at home.
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Support for Transition
Support for Transition, for example returning to school, can be found on the page link here:
Finola Hollyoak, our Educational Psychologist wrote the following for the children at Kilmersdon:
You have probably noticed that life is different at the moment. Maybe you are staying at home instead of going to school. Maybe you are going to school, but it is very quiet and you are not doing normal lessons. Your family might be spending more time at home, instead of going out to meet people and do activities. What is different about your life at the moment?
When things change, it is normal for children and grown-ups to have lots of new feelings. Maybe you are feeling excited about being at home. Maybe you are feeling bored or worried. Maybe you are feeling peaceful or creative. Maybe you are just feeling confused! How are you feeling today?
Now is a very good time to talk to people in your house about your feelings. All feelings are ok, even the difficult ones. Sometimes we need help to calm down if our feelings are too big. Tell a grown-up if you are having a difficult feeling, and together you can talk about what to do. Most of the time, just talking about your feelings is enough to help you to feel better.
Dave the Dog - a story to help with understanding of what is happening with Coronavirus
Be Active Kids have provided a bubble recipe, instructions to make bubble wands and 25 fun activities to do.
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Professional illustrator Mo Wilems invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. You are invited to send in your drawings and questions for Mo. Note that the daily drawing/doodle lessons are 1pm ET which is 5pm in the UK. However they remain online to be streamed afterwards.
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Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring you Shake Up games. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving!
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Exercise has been proven to improve emotional regulation by reducing cortisol and adrenaline levels. These resources support exercises for children who sometimes struggle to regulate their emotions.
Ideally, this should be done first thing in the morning
Use a timer for 7 rounds of 45 seconds of work, and 15 seconds of rest after each exercise.
These are exactly what they sound like. Hop back and forth, like a frog. Depending on how much room you have, you may need to hop in one place.
Place your hands and feet on the floor. Your hips and butt should be in the air, higher than your head. On all fours take two steps forward and two steps back, then repeat.
Sink down into a low sumo squat and place your hands on the ground between your feet. Shuffle a few steps to the left and then back a few steps to the right. Maintain the squat and ape-like posture through the entire movement.
These are jumping jacks! Do as many as you can, arms and legs spread wide like a starfish!
Run in place, as fast as you can!
Sit with your knees bent and place your palms flat on the floor behind you near your hips. Lift your body off the ground and “walk” on all fours forward and then backward.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and stomp, raising your knees up to hip level, or as high as you can bring them up. Try to hit the palm of your hands with your knees.
Take some time to cool down slowly.
Do some stretches and allow your heart rate to return to normal. Those 7 minutes will give you and your children a boost that will leave you feeling good.
The animal theme makes this work out enjoyable for kids. Encourage them to use their imagination and make this work out feel like play.