Self care? What is Self Care?
Hello my wonderful VPS family!
I hope the timetables on my previous post were useful for you and now you can start to structure your day better!I have found that having a routine for the day helps me to stay calm and on task? Does it help you too? It's so important to have a work/play balance in your day! Make sure you do at least one thing you love in a day! Today I want to talk about the different forms of SELF CARE!
What is self care?
'Self care is taking care of yourself, whether that be physically or mentally, it doesn’t mean you’re selfish if you do things in a manner that pleases you, instead of others. Self care can be done by yourself, or with other people' - Children's Society.
Is home learning a bit difficult? Read below on how a timetable may help you!
The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) have produced a series of checklists to help parents and children manage their routines.
Supporting home learning routines: Planning the day
All the EEF materials to support home learning can be found here: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources#nav-covid-19-resources
Family Time activities can be anything from completing a puzzle, baking a cake, having a circle time together, debating a topic or just general play.
We encourage this if you have time to do so.
It may be a nice way to connect as a family and take a break from the worries of the world.
Physical Activity is also really important for your mental and physical well-being.
There are lots of things you can do at home. There are many YouTube PE lessons etc to follow.
A walk is suggested and encouraged but parents this is ultimately your decision.
Good morning everyone,
I hope you are well. This sunshine is such a gift at a time like this - I have been enjoying pottering about in my garden and then I spent the afternoon baking.
I made my first ever banana loaf! What have you been baking? We would love to see! Upload your yummy food on Purple Mash or send it in!
I am trying to upload my blog every few days as I know how busy you are with your incredible class learning but I like to give you some things that I think may help your well-being throughout this time.
As you know there are lots of rainbows, as a symbol of gratitude or hope, around at the moment. The lovely Debbie at ELSA support has created a resource that combines well-being and rainbows.
The 5 a day for well-being is really helpful at the moment for everyone. You can read about it here on the MIND website (for parents and carers). Below it explains the 5 a day approaches you can take to look after your own wellbeing.
Children you can colour the rainbow for your window and use one of the small ones each day to colour in each time you manage to achieve one of the aims!
DO NOT worry if do not have a printer! I've included a YouTube video for you to draw your own rainbow. After you have drawn your rainbow you can label it, and add colour to it each time you manage to achieve one of the well-being aims. :)
Take care everyone! Keep washing your hands!
I hope you are now settled into home learning after the Easter holidays. Some of you might be flying through the work set for you but some of you might be struggling. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed I would like you to try something called 'meditation'.
Our minds can sometimes be a busy and challenging place to be. Our thoughts can whirl around our head - good thoughts and bad. We may begin to think about the future - but that is not worth stressing too much over as we don't know what could happen in the future! You might also think about things you wish you didn't do in the past - but we cant do much to change that either!
Hope you like this picture! I haven't drawn in a while.
Go and find somewhere in your house that is a quiet place... I know this may be tricky but see if you can! Now close your eyes.....
1. Think of a word or a sound that you find calming... It could me 'laaaaaaaa' or 'flower'. Say it softly in your head over and over again.
2. Start at 20 and slowly count down to zero with each deep breath you take.
3. Imagine you are in your happy place. It can be somewhere made up or somewhere you know. What can you see, hear, feel, smell?! Spend some time there in your mind.
I hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter even if it may of felt a little bit strange. It really is a time where we might feel as if everything is a bit 'strange' or 'different'. If you are feeling like that, you are not alone. A lot of children, adults too, will be having the same thoughts as you.
I have shared and will continue to share ways you can manage these feelings over the next few weeks in my blog and on Purple Mash.
I have put some photos of what I have been up to on my blog today. As you know I have asthma ( I know some of you have asthma too as we've shared how we look after our condition) so I have to be really careful when I go outside. I need to wear a mask (my neighbour made me a leopard print one!) and sometimes I wear gloves (If I don't wear them I wash my hands lots and try not to touch anything but the handles of my bike) but I have been going outside for an hour a day on my bike to not only look after my physical health but its a really good way to look after my mental health too.
I have put some photos of what I have seen whilst on my travels around where I live.
Can you spot Canary Wharf?
There was an incredible display of rocks with heartwarming messages on a river bank close to my house that really made me smile.
They were made by a group of families who are from my community. What a lovely thing to do!
Something I also want to share is that we have some new children joining our VPS family! A big warm welcome to you all.
VPS children - I have created a 'welcome' blog on Purple Mash (Emily's ELSA Blog) for you to share your thoughts and introduce yourselves and our school.
Teachers and support staff are still here to listen to you if you need us. Purple Mash has been such a great way of connecting with different pupils across the school! If you are still unsure of how to use Purple Mash at home let your teachers know by contacting us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can hopefully sort it out for you.
Take Care - Big Smiles!