The countdown for the books going into the schools is on! We've had such a wonderful response so far but after our latest status update using this tile we've been really blown away by the support from the families that will receive the books. We've had lots of emails and requests for the books for other parts of the country and for 4 year olds transitioning to school. Lots of teachers have been in touch to check their schools are getting the books and we couldn't be happier about that. The relationship between a child and their teacher is often under-valued but its usually a secure and attached relationships that children really rely on. We've got our thinking caps on for ways we can thank all the amazing teachers of Canterbury for playing such a large role in helping families and communities to hold it all together through these post quake years, through rebuilds, and house moves, school merges and school closures, EQC battles and flooding, they're truly amazing!
Transitions can be tough for everybody and the transition from holidays to going back to school is no exception. Many children will be excited about going back to school tomorrow but for those children that get anxious about change or the potential unknown holding themselves together today might be a struggle.
This easy to prepare activity gives children of all ages (and their adults) an opportunity to sit, relax, chat and be creative together. Its specially ideal for a before bed wind down, and a way to busy hands so that its easier to discuss any worries and plan some strategies around how they might manage them.
Easiest No Cook Play Dough Recipe
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon black food colouring
A few drops lavender essential oil
Mix all dry ingredients, add oil and boiling water with food colouring, mix well. (Store in an airtight container.)
Add a few treasures collected from pockets, kitchen drawers and under the bed and create an ever changing solar system that fits in your hand.
Teachers, perhaps this could be an easy, low key story starter literacy activity for the start of the new term, especially if you add a few rockets and aliens to the mix.
We all worry and feel anxiety at times in our lives. Anxiety can impact on children and their families in many ways. The Worry Bug Project seeks to support parents and teachers to recognise and address mild to moderate anxiety.