Week 6 Staying on Track
This week is about pulling together everything your child and you have been doing over the last few weeks. It is a summary of skills learned and a time to celebrate together!
Today your child has been thinking about their favourite relaxation exercises and has made a fortune teller. As a family, all together find a
special cosy, calming spot and try one of their favourite relaxation exercises before bedtime.
Today at school your child has created a poster about the people who care about them. Find somewhere you can display this poster, so they are
always reminded of their support network.
Talk to your child about who they have drawn and how they can be supported by them. Talk about how they can ask these people for extra
support should they need it.
Write a thank-you postcard to family members. They can either be in your household or wider family. Give/post the card to the person.
You can either use the template or make your own card. However, you need to include the following:
- You make me smile when you...
- You are very good at...
- I like it when you...
Thank you for being you!
Today at school your child has been listening to a story about nature and thinking about how the natural world is amazing and changes over time.
Spend some time talking about your favourite amazing thing about nature, such as how the leaves change on trees, how huge trees grow from tiny seeds or how animals such as emperor penguins or turtles cope with the world around them. Explore the internet for some of these things if you can and/or share some books together.
Talk about how humans need to be respectful of the natural world and try to live in harmony with it.
The time has come to have a think about all of the activities that you have done together at home.
Bring all of the posters, jars, pictures, stories etc. that you have done over the 6 weeks and talk about what you remember and what has been your favourite.
Take a family photo of all these activities around you and whist you are altogether too!
Have a look in someone’s ‘My favourite things’ jar and see if you can make one of their favourite things come true today.
Decide as a family which 3 activities you are going to carry on doing from now on.
Display your child’s certificate that the school provided for them today.
Now, play a song and have a silly dance together to celebrate
Week 5 Celebrating Nature
This week is about helping your child to love nature again and to feel ok with the outdoors. Your child will be exploring a range of aspects to do with their environment and nature.
Recognising and celebrating the importance of the natural world around us.
Today the children will have been thinking about the natural world they engage with every day and thinking about where their favourite places to be are and how these places make them feel.
On your way home from school or whilst out and about, notice the first 5 plants that you see (flowers, grasses, trees, weeds, garden plants or in
tubs etc.). Discuss which was your favourite and why. The aim is to notice that everyday things around us are beautiful, but we often take them for granted or do not notice them.
Exploring the different environments around the world.
Children will have looked at and discussed a range of different environments and landscapes and talked about how they felt about them –
excited, scared, calm etc. the discussion also explored the sensible precautions we have to take in different environments in order to keep as
safe as possible.
Discuss as a family either: what places you have been to and how they made you feel OR what sounds in nature you find most relaxing – e.g. rain
falling on leaves, waves on a beach, birdsong, wind rustling in the trees.
Using our senses to notice things around us.
Whilst outside today, your child will have noticed 5 things they could see, 4 things they could feel, 3 things they could hear, 2 things they could smell and 1 thing that made them feel positive about being in nature.
Try this same activity with them – see if you notice the same things in each category. Which was your favourite and why? Was there anything you did not like? How did these things make you feel? How did doing this activity itself make you feel?
Exploring the feelings and behaviours that different parts of the natural world (weather/environments/animals) can cause.
Children have been asked to sort out different pictures of weather and animals according to how they make them feel. They may also have been
asked to make-up/act out a story about a character who was scared/anxious but showed resilience in difficult weather.
Try this same activity at home – discuss similarities and differences and how you show resilience when things are harder for you (like if you are
scared of spiders and there is one under the sofa).
Being creative with nature and working together as a supportive team.
Today, children will have made a miniature garden/environment, working as a pair or part of a small team.
Ask your child about this experience. What did they enjoy most? Did anything frustrate them or make them cross? If so, how did they cope with
this? What was the best thing about working with another person?
Discuss what sort of flower they would be if they were a flower – you may need to do this first to provide a model for them (for example, ‘I think I would be a sunflower because I try to be positive and follow the sun and stand up straight and tall’.
Week 4 Coping Skills
This week focuses on helping your child to read their body and to be able to link this to feelings. It looks at what it feels like to be brave and step out of your comfort zone and how to plan steps to be able to do this with support.
Think about your happiest memory together. Get a piece of paper and write/draw/paint together about what you remember.
What were you doing?
How were you feeling?
What could you hear/smell/see?
Talk about how remembering happy times makes you feel. Find a special place for your happy memory picture to remind you of your happy time.
Share a song with each other that makes you happy. Dance together to each other’s songs and then share the happy memories it reminds you of.
Today your child has been thinking about the different people in their lives who help them. We have looked at ‘Circle of Support’ which focuses on people who help us from the intimate circle (close family); the friendship circle (wider family and friends); the participation circle (clubs and
activities) and the exchange circle (the wider community).
Have a go at playing ‘Helpful People in our Lives’ Bingo. Who can be the first person to find someone from each box? You could colour the boxes in different colours depending on which circle the person is in.
Today your child has been looking at what brave means and that it’s OK to be scared about something. Give each family member a ‘super-hero’ name and super-power. Talk about how this super-power helps them to be brave even when they feel a bit scared.
Your child has been looking at different types of relaxation activities this week and today they have created their own activity. Ask them to show you their favourite activity so far and also the activity that they created.
Can you do the activity with them?
Could you create a family relaxation activity?
Circle of Control - Make your own circle of control by drawing around your hand. Inside the hand, write “things I can control”. Outside the hand, write “things I can’t control”.
Now inside the hand, write or draw things that you can control such as: what I say to other people, how I behave, helping other people. Outside the hand, write or dra things you cannot control such as: if we go on holiday or not, what other people think, the weather.
You can use this activity as a talking point to ease frustration. For example, you cannot control that it is raining today. But you can control being calm and thinking of other fun activities to do inside!
For older children, you might like to ask them what they think is inside and outside your circle of control, and discuss how sometimes you might feel frustrated, too. This is a good way to build up some understanding and empathy.
Playing games together helps to build teamwork and cooperation skills, as well as bringing us closer together.
Animal Charades: This game is more suitable for younger children. Use the print-out provided or make up your own list of animals. Take turns to choose an animal to act out while your audience guesses what it is, get everyone to work as a team to guess the animals.
What Am I?: Each player is given a card with an animal/object/person written on it that they must not look at. They hold the card to their forehead, facing out so everyone else can read it. You must then go round taking turns to ask yes or no questions about what you are. For example: ‘Am I an animal?’ ‘Do I have four legs?’ ‘Do I have wings?’. Work together until everyone guesses what or who they are! You can use the printout provided or make up your own and write them on paper.
Today your child has been carrying out an experiment in school and looking at the outcome with a partner.
Choose one or two activities from the Parent and Child Activities Leaflet and play!
Did it turn out as you had expected? How did you cope if something went wrong? What did you enjoy the most?
Your child has been looking at when things don’t quite go as planned today. Ask your child how they did the superhero or monster paper folding activity and have a go! Draw your superhero or monster first then fold it up and put it to one side. Then do the folding activity with your child and see how different or similar the two ended up being. Talk about what you liked about
it being different from the one you had in your head.
•Pick a couple of relaxation activities out of Relax Kids to do together at bedtime or have a go at drawing your absolute favourite place to be and describe these to each other using every sense!
Think about what each member of the family would like to happen e.g. give a hug, get a cup of tea, help to wash up and offer to do something for each other you wouldn’t normally do! Tell each other how this made you feel.
Have a look in each other’s’ My Favourites Jars to see what is in there – anything surprising?
Make your own Gratitude Journal to help you to reflect on what you are thankful for each day (add to this throughout the programme).
You will be mirroring the Guardian Angel activity that is happening at school at home!
Watch a reading of ‘The Invisible String’ by Patrice Karst together
This is time to reflect on all the things that we were grateful for, that we enjoyed more than we thought and things that surprised us in a good way during lockdown.
The aim is to see that we can put a positive spin on many things that happen that are out of our control.
Today, children have been thinking about nature again. The main activity is playing a game of blind fold ‘guess the smell’ which is not as easy as you think!
Try the ‘Smell Challenge’ and ‘Hot Chocolate Breathing’ relaxation activities.
Your child has today been thinking about all of their favourite people and things in school. This evening make ‘My Favourite Things’ jars or empty
plastic bottles – one for each member of the family. This is a lovely chance to focus on what is important to each of you and to perhaps learn something new about each other!
Today your child has found out who their guardian angel has been in the classroom. They have also made a paper angel for them to say thank you. Your child is going to show you how to make an angel.
It is time for everyone in the household to guess who your angel at home has been and to make a thankyou angel for them with a message on.
Display the angels where everyone can see them. Take a picture and send it to email@example.com