They say that your friends are the family you choose. This pandemic certainly has reminded us all how much our family means to us, even though they might not be perfect. As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water lol. Having said this, friends in every form are a gift to each day. For many of us it is our friends who have been able to reach out when our families are required to physical distance. I find it intriguing how friends seem to ebb and flow through our lives, disappearing then returning at those critical moments. It is like psychic energy never breaks a bond.
As mentioned in an earlier blog, much school time is socializing and learning to live in community. Each classroom becomes like a family. As I used to say a family on a return trip across Canada in one train car! This week with our B.C. kids returning to school two days in the week, excitement abounds. I learned from Sheila yesterday that the schools have implemented exceptionally clear guidelines and restrictions for the safety of all. Apparently much of the learning will be done outdoors and children are going to be required to be more independent than ever. I spoke to a friend who is the headmaster at St George’s College on the mainland and he explained that this return to school for the month is being embraced with enthusiastic caution. Educators are seeing this month of June as a test run for the return to school in the fall. I’m sure that the students are so grateful to be able to reconnect with their pals and educators will welcome the real time learning.
When teaching kindergarten in 2011, my father’s cancer hit a critical point and I was required to take a leave quickly. I wrote this poem for my special class; the extension of my family.
- Write a poem with your child that expresses how they feel about returning to school and seeing their friends.
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