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Buster's Book Club - How to continue from home

Here is a message from the KM Charity team to thank you for taking part in Buster's Book Club and with some tips on how to continue to participate from home:

Firstly, we hope that you and your families are all keeping well. We want to say thank you for all the hard work you’ve been doing during lockdown in these rather challenging times. And we have made a special video to give you all a Big Thumbs up that you can access here from all the team, Buster and his friends - and don't forget to share it with the parents, carers and children!

Keeping children motivated and active at this difficult time is so important and very tricky but we do think that keeping them involved with Buster's Book Club and Walk Once a Week (WOW) and rewarding them for their efforts, is still a great way to help.

If your school only currently participates in one of the programmes you can still get involved in the other one but you won't have access to the school portal for the programme you are not involved in.

You can find a flier of all the great things we do here at KM Charity Team here, so please feel free to contact us for further information on any of our programmes and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for other great things children can get involved in.

Buster’s Book Club - doing it at home

  1. Keep things simple and reduce as many barriers as you can!  By this we mean keep it to ONE day a week – usually Wednesday but you decide what works for you!
  2. Ask parents/carers to let you know via your current channels of communication the approximate amount of time their child/ren has/have read on the nominated day of the week (example Sam read for about 10 mins on Wednesday this week). Or you could make it even simpler and ask parents/carers to just send you the number on a specific day.
  3. Forget about targets!  Don’t set the usual targets but do remind parents/carers to include all the reading their child does on the nominated day.  This should include reading recipes for the fabulous baking we see on social media; the instructions for craft activities they’ve downloaded from the internet, comics or even the subtitles on a video game!  
  4. You can upload this information to the children’s classes via the KM Charity Team School Portal as usual - we appreciate it won’t be full classes but it will give us information to monitor and celebrate success at a later date.
  5. Celebrate the children’s progress with social media shout-outs to their class/reader of the week and make sure you tag us in @inspireschools1.
  6. Share any photos / videos sent in by parents and tag us in @inspireschools1 and use our hashtags #KeepReading #KeepActive – again do this ONCE A WEEK – parents and children alike will get to know the routine and be looking for their names!
  7. Here is a special "Buster’s Book Club at Home Award Certificate" that you can download and email to an individual child/ren each week. You could, of course, do this for a class if they are regularly sending in minutes already.  Again, it isn’t about the most minutes read but effort/participation etc.
  8. Encourage children to join in the fun with #ReadWithTed (our teddy bear mascot) by taking a photo / video of a child reading to a favourite cuddly toy. The 'prize' is to be featured on the Phil and Ted Blog and on our social media. They could also get a shout out from Ted!

What we’re aiming to do is put Buster’s Book Club back on the children’s radars in a fun way – it also gives them something familiar to focus on when so much else has changed! Do keep in touch with us and let us know how you’re getting on!

Walk Once a Week - doing it at home

  1. Keep things simple and reduce as many barriers as you can!  By this we mean keep it to ONE day a week – usually Wednesday but you decide what works for you! By keeping everything you want them to do on the same day gives them some semblance of routine and something they can look forward to.
  2. Encourage children, parents and carers to send in photos via text/WhatsApp etc of the children doing Joe Wicks or their preferred indoor exercise on the nominated day each week or simply ask them to tell you if they went out for a walk that day.
  3. Record the number of children who told you they have done some form of physical activity to the children’s classes via the KM Charity Team School Portal as usual - we appreciate it won’t be full classes but it will give us information to allow us to keep track and allocate prizes and awards at a later date.
  4. If they did go out you can also ask them to send in pictures of things they found interesting on their walks that you can share on your social media – remembering to tag us in @inspireschools1 and use our hashtags #KeepReading #KeepActive – again do this ONCE A WEEK – parents and children alike will get to know the routine and be looking for their names! This also gives parents ideas of where they can go for walks and exercise.
  5. Here is a special "WOW at Home Award Certificate" that you can download and email to an individual child each week. Try and vary the award so that most, if not all, of the children are being rewarded; it will help them get motivated.

What we’re aiming to do is put WOW back on the children’s radars in a fun way. It’s important that children have routines so by keeping it to set days will not only help you to monitor but help the children to stay involved and the parents/carers to plan.