Back to School Resources

Please find here some recommendations from the British Red Cross in supporting your child’s return to school.

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Managing Parent and Family Stress during COVID-19

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Even though schools are open again, and the lock down rules in Thailand have relaxed somewhat, it is perfectly normal to continue to feel stress and anxiety during these unique COVID-19 times. Many of you are likely still taking precautions as your plan your family’s social calendar and extra curricular activities. If you feel you anxiety levels rising, please consider trying out some of the following tips:

  • Reach out to other parents- find out what strategies have worked for other families and how they are managing. You can share ideas, resources, and most importantly- emotional support.
  • Connect with your child’s teacher- they will be able to provide you insight into your child’s adjustment to life back at school. They can also share ideas with you regarding your child’s specific needs during this time. Likewise, they would benefit from your support as well as all of this is also new for them. Our teachers are working hard to incorporating many new skills and strategies into their teaching. It is therefore important that we’re supportive of our teachers, so that they can support our students.
  • Create a routine- this was my number 1 recommendation to parents while KIS delivered remote learning. However, it still applies now. Your child may not be able to go out and play as much as they would like. It is therefore important to provide them with structure inside the house. This doesn’t mean you need to set up a minute-by-minute schedule at home- but even providing a clear routine of ‘unstructured play’ for 1 hour before dinner every night can provide children with a sense of stability. This, in turn, will provide you with the quiet you need to attend to your daily tasks and responsibilities.
  • Spend some time alone- make sure that you take care of yourself and engage in self-care. You have likely spent more time with you children in the past 6 months than you have since the day they joined preschool. It is okay for you to need time to recover. So book a spa day, grab a good book, or simply have a nap while they’re all out of the house!

Last, but not least- be easy on yourself. Remember that this unique situation comes with many challenges and nobody expect you to handle it ‘perfectly’ (if perfect even exists). Forgive yourself for the moments you lose your temper and acknowledge that you’re doing your best.

If you ever need any additional support- please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a great week parents!

Kindly,

Ms. Alex

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Tips for Supporting Your Child with their Online Learning

Some of our KIS families are currently still abroad and unable to attend school ‘in person’. For these families our staff is working hard to provide online learning opportunities and support. However, we all know that it takes a great deal of parent support and encouragement to help students navigate their online learning at home.

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This can be a challenging task for  parent as well as their child. You are navigating a new dimension of your relationship, and this can be tricky. Please refer to the list below for sources on how to support your child with their online learning:

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If you are experiencing regular difficulties in applying these tips and strategies, please let you child’s homeroom teacher know. You may also reach out to me directly at alex.sh@edu.kis.ac.th

We look forward to having you all back in school as soon as you’re able to return.

Warm regards,

Ms. Alex

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Back to School Anxieties

It is normal to for students to experience some back-to-school anxieties at the beginning of school year. They might be nervous about meeting their new teachers or the new challenges that lie ahead. However, this year is a little bit different. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, people’s anxiety levels have increased in general. We have all spent the last 6 months making an effort to social distance and follow local protocols. Returning to a school environment can therefore bring with it a few new anxieties for students, as well as parents and teachers.

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Please refer to the links below for a few helpful tips on how to support your child’s mental health throughout the upcoming weeks:

If you notice your child is experiencing heightened levels of anxiety please make sure to contact their homeroom teacher. You may also reach out to me directly at alex.sh@edu.kis.ac.th

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Welcome back to School

The new school year is upon us! Although it may look a little bit different from our ‘typical’ start to the school year, I hope that everybody has enjoyed their first few days of school.

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It is good to have you all back in school- Here is to a wonderful, exciting, safe, and smooth 2020-2021!!

Warm regards,

Ms. Alex

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Parent Book Club with Ms. Sladjana

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Parent Bookclub

Hi Parents!

The first Bookclub of the year is just around the corner. We will be reading “Emotional First Aid” by Guy Winch, P.H.D.

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When: Every Thursday from 8:00-9:00

Starting date: November 7th, 2019

End date: January 23rd, 2020

Total meetings: 8 (keep in mind that Dec, 5th is a holiday, and we have 3 weeks of Winter Break)

You can buy the book at/through:

How to sign up:

Please email Ms. Alex at alex.sh@kis.ac.th by November 1st, 2019. In your email, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your child’s name and grade

About the Book:

Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, Ph.D., points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book he provides the emotional first aid treatments we have been lacking.

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

Prescriptive, programmatic, and unique, this first-aid kit for battered emotions will appeal to readers of Unstuck by James S. Gordon and Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff.

About the Author:

Guy Winch, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, author, and keynote speaker whose books have been translated into twenty-three languages. His books include: Emotional First Aid, The Squeaky Wheel, and How to Fix a Broken Heart. His first TED Talk Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid has been viewed over 5 million times and is rated as the fifth most inspiring talk of all time on TED.com. Dr. Winch’s work on the science of emotional health is frequently featured in national and international media outlets. He also writes the popular Squeaky Wheel Blog for PsychologyToday.com. He maintains a private practice in Manhattan and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Alex

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Welcome Back!

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Its that time of the year again. After the summer of fun and relaxation, school is back in session. We are VERY excited for this year to take off.

Though summers can be full of fun and excitement, they can also cause stress at times, especially if you are traveling with children. Some of you will have spent your summer hopping from place to place, while others will have had to face the challenge of entertaining children all day long (we know- its a tough job!). We are excited to take your children off your hands again during the day, and hope that you will take some time for a massage of parents date night soon.

When coming home from a holiday, re-establishing routines can be key. Children tend to settle faster when regular routines are set in place. This helps them to focus and decreases any anxieties that may arise as the new school year starts. We therefore recommend that you set clear expectations about evening, morning, and homework routines right from the start.

In the mean time, if you are experiencing any beginning-of-the-year concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at alex.sh@edu.kis.ac.th 

I look forward to seeing you all throughout this upcoming school year!

Warm regards,

Ms. Alex

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See you all next academic school year!

Have a great summer Remember to relax, spend time with loved ones, and engage in your favorite hobbies and activities. That is what the summer is for.

Enjoy and already looking forward to seeing you all after the summer!

-Ms. Alex

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Summer Speech Camp at Little Sprouts

Its that time of the year again! Summer is coming closer and closer and some of you may be interested in planning some fun-filled, as well as educational, activities for your children. Little Sprouts is putting on a Speech and Language development summer program. Please contact them directly if you feel like this is something your child would benefit from. They will be able to provide you with more details about the program’s content. Little Sprouts Centre Speech Summer Flyers

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