Updated: Jul 24, 2020
The word HOME will have a different meaning for everyone depending on ones childhood as well as adult experiences.
Personally I have had to reevaluate what home means a couple of times in my life so far; firstly when I moved from Germany to Australia at the age of six, then when my parents divorced, again when we sold first the house and then the farm that I grew up in and lastly all the times when I moved countries as an adult. With each of these changes I have had to give up things that I loved and look at my life and what it is that I value. However, with each of these changes I also gained a lot as I once again created a new place to be my home.
Now with COVID 19, I once again feel like this question creeps up of what is my home and what does it mean to me? However, this time it has a completely different feel. Unlike all of the other times where I had to give up my home, this time we are asked to suddenly not leave our home. What used to be a safe place one was happy to return to has now become something we can not leave. However, even this will be different for each individual and here in Australia, many of us are lucky.
As COVID 19 hit, another problem that rose was domestic violence. This topic is something I find many people like to skip over. It is something so awful that one would rather not talk about it. Looking at the figures around the world and here in Australia though, it is unfortunately something that many adults and children experience. For those, the word home would have a very different tone.
While some of my work does orientate around domestic violence, these activity sheets were not the topic or intent. Instead, I thought it would be both an interesting time as well as an important topic to discuss with the young ones. What does home mean to them? What makes a home special and how do different homes for different people look.
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Have fun exploring this topic with your children at home or in the classroom. They are all activities I found online that I thought would be fun, creative, active and playful.
The last week has been massive for me as we prepare the first book, all 10 Wonderland stories, to be brought to the screen for a free weekly live stream. While very intense it is also super fun and I can't wait to share this with the little ones, hopefully from next week onwards. I will keep you updated but to make sure you don't miss out, contact us and sign up to our email list.