A Keepsake of Positivity: Educational Resources for We’re All in This Together

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We’re All in This Together is a book that will keep the discussion on the effects of the pandemic open to children for some time to come. As we begin to prepare for another school year, adapting to a new kind of normal, and possibly even adopting a forward-thinking approach to what the future may hold, Skye Hughes’ book is one that every classroom would benefit from referencing and utilising in multiple ways.

Here, we explore a some social, interpersonal health and self-expression activities that children can use to discuss and represent their feelings, thoughts, experiences and skills with relation to the ongoing life changes due to the pandemic.

*We’re All in This Together is written by Skye Hughes, illustrated by Alice Coates, published by Dean Publishing.

Key Curriculum Areas: Foundation – Year 6

English

Health and Physical Education

The Arts

Technologies

 

Age Range 

6 – 12 years

 

Discussion

Before Reading –

Look at the cover of We’re All in This Together. What do you see?

What does the cover image make you feel? What message/s do you think the title elicits?

Share some of your own experiences with remote learning. How did you feel about learning from home?

What were some of the other changes / hardships you went through during the lockdown?

After Reading –

How did the book show that ‘we’re all in this together’?

Kiana kept safe by wearing a mask and sanitising her hands. What other ways have you and your family members adopted to stay safe?

Amin connected with his friends and completed school work via online communication. How did you do this? How did you feelings compare with Amin’s in this situation? What special things did you enjoy most about home learning?

Roshan’s hope and spirits were kept high with exercise and making up special songs. How did you keep active and connected in your neighbourhood?

Casey hadn’t been able to visit her Grandma for a long time. Did you have any special people that you missed, and how did you stay in contact with them?

Ming was upset about cancelling her birthday party. Why did she need to do this? Did you or someone you know experience a similar situation? What creative alternatives did you come up with to celebrate?

Tyler struggled, at times, to keep himself entertained, but managed to find new skills to learn. What new skills or creative pursuits did you try? Do you think you might keep doing those things?

What was the most important thing the children in the book learned about having to stay home? What did it achieve, and how did you help your own community?

What is the main message of ‘We’re All in This Together’?

 

Thinking Tasks

What were the positive and negative points about the lockdown. What were the interesting aspects or things you learned? Complete a PMI Chart to represent these ideas.

Compare the similarities and differences between home learning and learning at school. Complete a Venn Diagram to represent these ideas.

 

Positivity Keepsake Journal

A positivity reflection journal is a wonderful keepsake to encourage gratitude, resilience and happiness. Think about how to turn mistakes or difficult experiences into learning experiences. Try a range of activities that focus on positivity, including writing, drawing, or other creative pursuits each day.

Write, draw or make something each day that reflects:

  • how you feel
  • something you’ve learned
  • a positive mindset / outlook / mantra
  • your favourite part of the day
  • something you can do even better tomorrow
  • three things you are grateful for

Time Capsule

This unique time in history is one that our children are not likely to forget, but they are not likely to remember every detail. Capture a few pieces of documentation to store in their own time capsule for the next generation.

Draw, write, print or create memories, such as:

  • Family portrait / photos / handprints
  • All About Me page – name, age, interests, dislikes, pets, favourites, friends, etc
  • Stories about your pandemic experiences, such as hygiene measures in the community, celebrating a birthday in lockdown, or using online communication with school, friends and family, etc
  • Photos or creations of a new skill or activity
  • Writing about school occasions
  • Letters to and from family members

*Teaching notes supplied by Romi Sharp.

Please visit Skye Hughes’ website to download your own Teacher Resource Pack or Parent Resource Pack!

 

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Website: https://www.skyehughes.com.au/

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We’re All in This Together is available to purchase at Skye Hughes’ website.


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#BookReview: We’re All in This Together by Skye Hughes and Alice Coates

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#BookReview:

We’re All in This Together, Skye Hughes (author), Alice Coates (illus.), Dean Publishing, November 2020.

Blurb:

School friends – Kiana, Amin, Roshan, Casey, Ming and Tyler all have one thing in common – they can’t go to school. The world changed very quickly and now they have to stay home to keep themselves and their families and friends safe. They discover that even apart, they can find new and fun ways to be together.

At a time when the world looks a little different, this encouraging story promises young readers an opportunity to reflect on their own experience of this unique moment in history while promoting resilience and unity.

Review:

The biggest piece of history this century that the whole globe can, in unison, claim, is the pandemic of 2020. Whilst our individual experiences of lockdown may have varied, we can surely say that we’ve all done this together. What I love about this book is its positive approach to building a resilient generation of children, who, no doubt, have been through their own challenges in some form or another. Skye Hughes, author of the delightfully fun and heart-warming We’re All in This Together, strongly advocates for this sense of unity, kinship and kindness; the very support needed to manage this trying time. Her book also acts as a reflective tool for the year that was. It provides such strong links between text to self and text to the world!

In We’re All in This Together, we are introduced to six school friends, and journey with each of them as they navigate a ‘new normal’ during the lockdown period. Although apart, Kiana, Amin, Roshan, Casey, Ming and Tyler find fun ways to connect, and even pick up a new skill or two. Skye Hughes’ snippets into the friends’ worlds includes the realities of hygiene and social practices, but at the same time illuminating with warmth that reminds children not to have fear of others, or their surroundings. “She watched the old man closely as the skin around his eyes wrinkled, and his eyes shone down at her. He was smiling back.”

Skye Hughes doesn’t discount the real emotions of loneliness, longing, boredom or disappointment, but the characters’ short stories are full of hope and brightness that offer practical strategies and perhaps even scenarios that readers experienced themselves. Like Ming, who celebrated her birthday in lockdown – whilst upset she could no longer have a party with her friends, receipt of presents and phone calls made the day equally as special. There is a beautiful underlying sentiment of gratitude, appreciation, love and a can-do attitude, all the while reminding us “We’re all in this together.”

Illustrator Alice Coates brings all the colourful and diverse characters and their time at home together, with her friendly and quirky style and touches of details that we can relate to (like the teddy and rainbow in the window). The use of white backgrounds and a mixture of bright vignettes and full pages gives the space to absorb each scene and the context of each character’s story. The design and narrative structure allows for a self-paced read and time to discuss and share the readers’ own experiences.

A special page at the end is allocated for your own self-expression and feelings; a wonderful keepsake to reflect back on this time in history. Interactive, downloadable material can also be accessed via Skye’s website at www.skyehughes.com.au/shop.

We’re All in This Together is a rewarding picture book that is highly recommended for every home and early to middle years school classroom, as a treasured reminder of all the achievements, skills learnt, friendships kept and made, and your own path to self-growth and resilience. What a way to end the unique year that was 2020! We did it! 😊

Review by Romi Sharp

Follow Skye Hughes at these links:

Website: https://www.skyehughes.com.au/

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We’re All in This Together is available to purchase at Skye Hughes’ website.


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Share your home experience for a CHANCE to WIN We’re All in This Together!  ***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED***

We’re All in This Together is an uplifting, fun-loving and relatable story that we can all find meaning in, with a strong message of resilience and unity, and making the best of one of the most challenging times we’ve had to navigate through together. For your CHANCE to WIN this gorgeous picture book, we’d love for you to answer the following question; ‘What is something new you have you discovered during your time at home?‘ You will be in the running to win a copy ‘We’re All in This Together by Skye Hughes and Alice Coates, courtesy of Skye Hughes and Dean Publishing! 🙂

All you need to do is fill in the form below to go in the draw.

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We’re All in This Together is available to purchase at Skye Hughes’ website.


Join us and together we will celebrate the release of the valuable picture book, We’re All in This Together with Skye Hughes, appearing at the following media sources…

 

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Let’s Get Together with Skye Hughes and We’re All in This Together

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It is with great pleasure to welcome an up and coming star here to celebrate her debut picture book release; Skye Hughes introduces her timely and significant story about togetherness when we’ve had to be apart – We’re All in This Together is a playful and empowering book about six school friends and the innovative ways they keep busy and connected despite the difficulties of lockdown. We, along with a range of other media hosts, will be featuring Skye and her book throughout November all the way to January! So, hand in hand, let’s do this together! 🙂


A little bit about Skye Hughes

Skye Hughes was born in Adelaide but spent much of her childhood travelling around Australia in a caravan with her three younger siblings and parents. She is a school teacher, youth program facilitator and big fan of Nutella donuts. Skye currently lives in Melbourne and when she isn’t writing children’s books, looking after her house plants or teaching young people, you will find her travelling the globe and connecting with people from all walks of life. It is these connections that inspire her to keep growing, learning and creating beautiful memories.

Victorian-based school teacher and youth mentor Skye Hughes decided that something more needed to be done for kids’ during the current COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “I couldn’t sit idle and watch so many children struggle with social isolation and unanswered questions. I had to do something. I knew the power of storytelling and decided that this was the positive force I would use! ”

Armed with a desire to ease kids’ feelings of isolation and fear amidst the current Victorian Stage 4 lockdown, Skye wrote We’re All In This Together and deliberately tackled the issues children asked about the coronavirus and being away from loved ones, friends and even school.

 

Follow Skye Hughes at these links:

Website: https://www.skyehughes.com.au/

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We’re All in This Together is available to purchase at Skye Hughes’ website.


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Join us and together we will celebrate the release of the valuable picture book, We’re All in This Together with Skye Hughes, appearing at the following media sources…

 

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