Many school campuses will remain closed for the rest of the current school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families may see sadness from their children and hear about how they miss the physical presence of their teachers, their peers, and their extended community. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia offers tips for supporting children at this time.
The article focuses on taking time to grieve, offering a broader perspective, revisiting schedules and plans in a concrete way, and remaining positive while moving forward.
"Many children live very much in the present. As such, it can be difficult for them to visualize a future that may look different than what is immediately before them. You may want to remind your child this is temporary and that things will return to normal. Children may need to hear things that we as parents take for granted. Things like: 'You will go back to campus in the fall, you will see your friends again, extended family get-togethers will happen again too.'”
- Waldorf Education