Coronavirus Covid-19 Through a child’s Eyes
When I first heard about the Coronavirus, Covid-19, I didn’t take it too serious. Mainly because it was on the other side of the world in China, so I didn’t see how it would affect me or my family.
One thing that did alarm me the most was my parents started watching the news. As a rule we never watch the news as Mum say’s it is always negative and we need to focus on creating our own good news. The news said it was all under control so as far as I was concerned it wasn’t something that I needed to worry about.
As time went on I noticed that other countries were infected by the virus and countries were going into lock down. I then became more concerned as my grandparents live in Tenerife.
I had heard from friends that schools were going bro be closing. Now this made me excited, however some of the other kids at school started coughing on each other and putting their fingers in their mouth and then on door handles. This made me feel scared because i didn’t know what the affects on children were. It must be pretty serious if they are closing down countries and thinking of shutting schools.
I then began to pay more attention to the news and also became aware of my parents reactions. They became more serious and explained that being self employed could have an impact on our income if we cannot leave the house. I have to be honest this did worry me. Normally my parents protect me from such worries but for some reason they were sharing this with me. Probably to stop me asking for stupid things that I really didn’t need.
As i mentioned earlier, I didn’t worry at first because of how far away it seemed. But it has made me even more aware that actually we are all connected and can all be infected and impacted by this deadly virus.
I am grateful that my mum has always encouraged me to talk about my thoughts and feelings so I shared that I was worried and she reassured me that if I follow government health warnings we should all be safe.
When I heard that our school was closing, I had mixed emotions and my mind was playing ping pong. I was happy that I was going to be spending quality time with my family and would have less work to do but then I was aware that I wouldn’t get to see my friends and family for a long time and would miss seeing through my first year of upper school.
We have now been home schooled for 2 weeks and I am surprised to say that i am really enjoying it. My mum used to be a Youth worker and both my parents are trained early years practitioners. So the first thing they did was sit us down and encourage us to come up with a name of our School. They gave us all the title of school governors. Explained that it is in our interest to make it work. We named the school Tree Top Learning and our Mascot was an owl which represented Wisdom.
We then decided on school rules. Mum insisted that the first rule was to have fun. We then also looked at a healthy menu and a daily schedule for us to follow. Initially we said we would work 10-3.30pm but after the first week we all agreed that if we do all our work in the morning we could be finish at 1pm.
I am enjoying the walks in the woods, I have learned how to make home made Chicken nuggets and wings. I have baked short bread with my mum and so far we have all got along really well.
My Dad has said that we are a part of history. This is exciting and a story I will be sharing with my kids.
By Daniel Glover, aged 12.