What Christmas means to me in 2020
As we approach the end of the year we asked children and educators to reflect on, 'What Christmas means to me in 2020'.
In this article we explore how some of our kindergarten services are helping children develop tactics to cope with the anxiety they may experience through a stressful situation.
At Our Lady of the Rosary and Xavier kindergartens children have been creating worry dolls to share their concerns with. Sharing their concerns with their dolls is designed to help them manage any anxiety and stress they may be feeling. Their teachers initiated this experience after observing some growing anxiety and concern amongst children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Lady of The Rosary Kindergarten teacher, Ms Emma Lane explained that worry dolls are traditional to Guatemala and according to Mayan legend, ease our fears and anxieties.
“Mayan legend says that before a person goes to sleep at night, they should tell the doll all the problems that have been worrying them and tuck in under their pillow. While they sleep, the doll will take all their worries away or give them the gift of knowledge and wisdom, so upon waking, they know how to solve their worry!”
“Once the children had finished their dolls, they took them home so that each night before bed they could share and off load their worries, tuck their doll under their pillow and have a peaceful night’s sleep,” Emma said.