My intention with this blog originally was to provide distraction and helpful ideas for activities especially for the kids but, like many, I have been drawn into the story of this unprecidented shared experience. Through social media I have come across this article from The Guardian. It is a letter from an Italian novelist to us from the perspective of being slightly ahead of us in the timeline of the Coronavirus pandemic. It touches on some issues that I've been pondering recently but explores them way more eloquently than I can. I am particularly moved by the way she expresses how, though this is a shared experience in some ways, the quality of that experience will be very differrent depending on our socio-economic status. One thing I'd like to add is the quality of this experience will depend very much on our emotional resilience and mind-set. So I will continue to search out and post up-lifting and motivational materials.
And, now, to finish, I'll share with you our new mantra - "Stay safe, stay sane!"
This could help to explain things to your young children.
Ok, so I'm not an experienced blogger but we all have to turn our hands to new skills in changing times; if anything qualifies as "changing times" it's what we're experiencing right now. Changing rules day-by-day and challenging circumstances for us all.
Here at Castleton Health and Leisure we believe in fostering positive and growth mindsets so we've been scowering the web and all our files looking for materials that will help those thrust into home educating their children. We also look for positive videos, helpful ideas for fun activities.
My colleagues will pass on their ideas to me and I will do my best to categorise them and upload them here. First up we have a link to this incredible website: And Next Comes L.
It has a lot of really useful resources and though it is designed to help parents of children with Hyperlexia and /or Autism but it looks like a lot of parents could find something useful there....like this.