This year the summer holidays are going to be different than previous years. There are so many things we can do to keep the summer holidays fun. So we have created a Bucket List for families to try! This may not be appropriate for all families, as always, these are just some ideas! We have a million more so might make another one up!
Family Bucket List
Many people enjoy looking through photo albums or have wee boxes or folders of memories and keepsakes. This is important for our children and Young People too. We have created this wee booklet (Click the blue underlined words to open our PDF) that can work as both a transition document and a keepsake. Each year pages 3 and 4 could be printed and added to their booklet.
My School Passport
Applying for a job can be difficult at any age. This could be used for adults, young people or as part of developing the workforce.
Let me tell you about me 1
Sometimes we can’t concentrate on new learning and need an alternative to rest the brain or distract us. Here are some suggestions to try.
These are some outdoor ideas that we have borrowed from the North Lanarkshire Outdoor Learning Pack 3. We would like to thank them for letting us share some of their ideas.
Continuing on from our previous post about teaching about perception, this is our next piece of work towards it.
For many of our young people and friends, a day seems like a long time. To ease anxiety, breaking the day down into managable steps can help.
As we look at blended learning, using a visual timetable to support understanding is hugely beneficial. We have tried to create as many different possible timetables as we can, but have also created a blank one to be printed and used as an editable example. More to follow!
Blended Learning Editable Timetable
Blended Learning timetables
BL thu fri
bl mon tue thu fri am
Suddenly realised how difficult it is to tie a tie when we tried to visualise it. Here it is…we hope!!
Facing bereavement can be difficult at any stage of our life. For our children and young people, they may react in ways we would never expect. Or they may react exactly as we thought. It can be hard to prepare for whether it is sudden or expected. There are lots of excellent resources out there to support and explain to our young people.
Here are a couple of our examples.
when a person dies
when a person dies page 2
Explaining and understanding death
Many of our young people and older children are concerned about Covid-19. Again, using our understanding of the value of facing fear with facts.
This is important to only use the bits that are relevant and appropriate for your young person/ child. You know them best. If the example of the shop would mean they won’t want to go to a shop, then cut that bit off.
Worried about covid
We will update with more resources.
Covid 19 poster
Bearing in mind, we don’t want our children and young people to feel anxious about their health. To do this, we need to give them the knowledge they need. As we mentioned in a previous post, face the fear with facts.
It is so important that we acknowledge the fears of our young people. Talking them through these fears and recognising their validity gives the young person the chance to reconcile with how they are feeling. Facing these fears with facts can also help.
Black Lives Matter.
Remember, use only what is appropriate for your children/young people. Some of this may be upsetting so please use appropriately.
Anyone who follows our blog regularly will be aware that we make resources to support communication. Part of communication is understanding. Many people are trying desperately to understand what is happening in the world right now. Our children and young people too. We have based referenced our research below.
We have attempted to explain what ‘Black Lives Mean’ as best as we can. We are listening and we are learning.
This post contains some differentiated visual explanations about vaccines.
There are many things people learn naturally. Others are that are specifically taught. Some are straight forward and others are more difficult.
Trying to get someone to take on board that someone else may have a different point of view or perception that is just as valid as their own is a tricky one.
We will be adding more resources to this in the coming weeks and months as many people will need this to be repeated and taught again.
We know (from personal experience) how difficult it can be moving into Phase 1. The rules are similar but a little different. We have made a wee story to try to help explain it.
Visiting Phase 1
We recognise that with new guidance from the Scottish governments, some people may find it difficult to understand new rules or may find it difficult to understand other’s perceptions of these. To combat this, we have made up a couple of resources to help.
Huge thanks to the OutLET: Play Resource Outdoor Learning Pack, developed for North Lanarkshire Virtual School. They have allowed us to visualise some of their resources and have inspired us!
More will follow.
Outdoor Play and Learning
Krysten Taprell has very kindly given us permission to visualise some of the amazing breathing techniques she discuss on her blog.
Karen Taprell says on her blog that when we slow our breathing down and keep it in rhythm then the body will follow. She also says that being anxious, leads to a flight/flight reaction which can stimulate the Vagus Nerve. If breathing can be controlled then a message is sent to this nerve which causes the body to release calming chemicals.