With the village school closed to all pupils, except for vulnerable children and those of Key Workers, many parents must be wondering, “What on earth can I do with the kids for the foreseeable future, each and every day, rain or shine?” I know the teachers are providing work to be done at home so that the negative impact of this closure on the children’s education is minimised as much as possible. In addition, many organisations are providing educational opportunities. Education websites are offering free access and the BBC will be providing lots of stuff on iPlayer and BBC Bytesize online.
Whilst thinking on this I wondered how the magazine and the village website could help in supporting parents facing the challenge of home education for the first time. Of course, we have our Wordsearch and Sudoku puzzles. That’s Maths and English covered! Only joking. Then it hit me. What if the prize, the incentive, was seeing your work in print and/or on the web? With this in mind I’m launching our Drabble Challenge. A Drabble is a 100-word story, no more, no less. It can be on anything. There is lots of stimulus material on the village website but your Drabble doesn’t have to be based on any of it. You can submit as many Drabbles as you want.
All Drabbles submitted to me, whilst the school is closed, will be published on the village website for all to read. I’ve already created a separate page to hold them all with a link from the landing page. They will also be published in the magazine so that their authors can retain a copy for prosperity and to show too their grandchildren!
Please send all Drabbles to me, Paul, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the younger children, how about drawing a picture or a poster or make a piece of sculpture around the idea of ‘Feltwell: Then, Now and in the Future?’ Mum or dad could send me a photo of your work and I’ll upload it for all to see. No names unless permission is given.
There’s the challenge. Are you up for it? Get Drabbling!
Both challenges are also open to adults.