Practice reading these words with your students. Color in the words that you have down. Make flash cards. Have fun!
This page is created to help students and families with examples and resources for helping your child(ren) learn at home during the state mandated closure between March 16 - April 24, 2020.
Other resources are available for families during this closure (such as meal information and childcare information) and we encourage you to visit the Students & Families page.
We hope this message finds you all safe and well.
As a Kindergarten Team, we have decided that each week we will present optional assignments and resources around a theme.
All "assignments" are optional and will not be graded.
Each week we will present a new theme that we hope you find exciting and that helps you learn something new!
Our theme this week is All About Dogs.
We hope you enjoy learning all about dogs this week!
Please note - we are here to support you, not to pressure you. Your family's health and well-being are our top priority.
If you have time, we would love to see your All About Dogs books and/or your drawings of dogs! You can share these by sending us pictures via email if you choose.
Please find books about dogs in your home or online to read - or tell each other stories about dogs - or you can use these read aloud links to listen to fiction and non-fiction stories about dogs:
Betty White reads "Harry, the Dirty Dog" on Storyline Online Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White [Fiction] [5 minutes]
Dog Facts for Kids from Homeschool Pop Dog Facts for Kids [Non-fiction][8-9 minutes]
Poetry: Dog Poems for Kids by Rainy Day Poems - Choose a poem or two to read from this list of poems…
Now that you are a "dog expert", write a book using 4 pages with a title page "All About Dogs" or "Facts About Dogs" by ______.
On each page write between 1-3 sentences that are true facts about dogs. Illustrate [draw a picture that matches your facts] and label each page.
Use "kid-spelling" to sound out words and your sight word list we sent home as a resource.
Reread your story to check for bubble spaces between your words, punctuation marks, and capitals at the beginning of each sentence. Fix any problems.
Now that you are a Dog Expert: Read your All About Dogs book to your family.
Take a challenge: Write your own Dog Poem!
Go for a walk with your family in your neighborhood, making sure you stay 6 feet away from any neighbors. You are going on a scavenger hunt for dogs! How many black dogs do you see? Brown dogs? Spotted dogs?
Create a story problem and write an equation to show how many dogs you saw on your scavenger hunt.
If you did not get to go for a walk with your family, use your imagination and draw some dogs of different colors on your paper. Write your equation.
Take a challenge: Now - how many more dogs do you need to see to make 10 dogs? How many more do you need to see to make 20 dogs?
Write your equations.
These lessons are intended to help you with your drawing in your All About Dogs Book that you are writing:
Note of caution: When you open this there is no need to hit the start, open, PDF buttons – just scroll through the directions.
Note of caution: It is okay to use newspaper or magazines - any paper will do - paper, scissors, glue and crayons or markers are needed. Video narration is silent for a short period - keep watching to complete. Students may need adult support to complete this project.
If you do not have access to online links, use your imagination to draw dogs or use dog books you have at home to copy dog drawings.
Puppy Song for Kids Songs for Kids - Little People | Puppy Song 🎵 Kids Songs 🎵
Dear Students and Families,
We miss you! We hope that you are all able to stay healthy during this time. This is a challenging time for all of us. We are all working through this together. Thank you for your efforts and your support!
Your first grade teachers have been busy communicating with one another! We have been doing some fun, relaxing activities and some new learning. Some of us are homeschooling our own kids and some are working on projects around the house!
This week we have created 3 activities for you to work on at home. These are OPTIONAL. We are not grading them or checking off that you have completed them. These activities are intended to be enrichment for you to keep your learning going throughout the break.
We have created a literacy (reading/writing) activity, a math activity and a science activity for you. If you want to send your work to your teacher, you are more than welcome to. We did our best to develop activities with tools/materials that you already have at home. If you don’t have something you need, please let us know.
As an aside, during these times your student may be experiencing some strong emotions. This is normal. Their world has been turned upside down and they are craving consistency (their routine). It is so important that we value their social-emotional needs first, and then focus on their academic learning.
Some ways that you can do this are:
Talk to your student about what they are feeling/thinking – let them know that it is okay to think/feel that way.
Give them a notebook (or just blank paper) and have them draw and write about what they are thinking.
Give them time to play – play helps kids to process their emotions in a friendly way.
Remind them how much we miss them and care about them. We are sad to not see them. If needed, have your student email their teacher or send us a picture. We want to be in touch with them too!
Ms. Atchison, our school counselor, will also be posting various SEL (social-emotional learning) activities on the webpage for you to access.
As always, please reach out when you need something and just to say “hi!” We miss you all and want this to be a successful time for you.
Smiles and Hugs,
Jolie Baker, Angie Coleman, Katie Donovan, Tammy Rayburn, Joey Takahashi, Briana Unti
Here is your task: read a fiction story. You can read a book on your own, or have a book read to you. Then, after you finish reading, use the story map and touch each box and say the answer. For example, while touching the characters box, you would say “The characters in this story are….” Do this part with an adult, so that they can listen to your retell and help you correct any mistakes. Make sure you retell the story in order. Characters, Setting, Problem, Beginning, Middle, End. You can use the sentence frames below to help guide your conversation.
After you retell the story orally, you can go in and write your answers. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can just do the oral retell or you can use a separate piece of paper and write out each part.
Tips for Parents:
Make sure that the retell is done in order.
You may want to read the story too just so that you are able to help with the retell.
Use the sentence frames below for conversation/writing.
Your student can refer to the text as much as needed.
Your student can choose a book from home, an online book, etc.
This is a great activity to do regularly with your student.
You can say this phrase followed by the answer to the question.
The characters in the story are,
The setting of the story is, (choose the place where most of the story occurs)
The problem in the story is,
The beginning of the story is,
The middle of the story is,
The end of the story is,
The solution to the problem is,
The math task this week is to find real life amounts to compare, then find the difference between the two numbers.
*You will need a pencil and paper to record your findings.
1. Cups Vs. Mugs
Count the number of cups in your home. Write this number down. Next, count the number of mugs in your home.
Which has the greater amount?
What is the difference between cups and mugs? Write and equation or draw a picture to find the difference between the number of cups and mugs.
2. Kid shoes vs. adult shoes
Count the number of adult shoes at your house. Write this number down. Count the number of children’s shoes at your house. Write this number down.
Who has the lesser amount of shoes?
What is the difference between adult and children’s shoes? Write an equation or draw a picture to find the difference between adult and children’s shoes.
3. Take it outside- window doors vs. solid doors
Ask your grown-up to take a walk around the neighborhood with you. Count the number of homes that have a door with a window, and the number of homes that do not have windows on their doors.
Which type of door has the greater amount?
Write an equation or draw a picture to find the difference between the two numbers.
4. ** Challenge**
Compare 3 amounts!
Take another walk around the neighborhood. Collect data on the number of homes with:
· no fence
· a wood fence
· a metal (or chain link) fence
Which type of fence did you see the most?
Which type did of fence did you see the least?
Write equations or draw pictures to show the difference between the homes with no fence vs. the homes with wood fences, the homes with wood fences vs. the homes with metal fences, and the homes with metal fences vs. the homes with no fences.
5. Are there other things that you can find to compare?
Insect Comparing and Contrasting:
Directions: Go outside and find 2 different insects. (Flip over a rock and/or a log. Dig a small hole or look closely on a leaf. If you have a sibling, have them help you look!) Next, compare them. Find at least two ways they are similar and two ways they are different.
We have learned that insects need food, air, water and space to grow and survive.
Question: Can you build an insect habitat that has these 4 needs included? Draw your habitat you build below and remember to label your illustration.
Insect Scavenger Hunt:
Try to find at least one of each insect listed below. Make tally marks if you find more than one. Happy Hunting!
- Flying insect
- Crawling insect
- Jumping insect
*Remember insects must stay outside!
Week One- Music Learning at Home!
Mrs. Saager, Mrs. Segerhammar, & Mr. Mould
Dear Maplewood students-
Your music teachers are missing you and hoping that you and your loved ones are well! We are thinking of you and looking forward to the near future when we can sing, play and make music at Maplewood again. In the meantime, here are a few musical ideas to make your days a little brighter!
Dear 2nd Grade Families,
We hope this finds everyone safe and well! Starting this week, we will be posting some resources that you can choose to do with your child. This is not meant to overwhelm, but just to provide support from afar. These should be used to practice skills and maintain the learning that we had completed prior to leaving school. We hope that these should be fun and engaging for your child. We are still encouraging that your child reads 20 minutes a day and uses Dreambox for 20 minutes a day, as well. MyOn is a great district provided resource that has an abundance of books at all levels that your child can access on the RSD Login Portal. We know that this doesn’t replace being at school, we hope that we can help you get through this uncertain time. Just know, we are constantly thinking of you all and hope that we can get back to school very soon! Things are changing very quickly, so please keep checking the school website and district website daily. Please stay connected with us, feel free to reach out with fun stories, photos, etc. we’d love to see them! If there’s anything you need help with, let us know and we can help connect you.
We miss you,
Mrs. Coldren, Mrs. Gaw, Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Ubaldo, Mrs. Miner and Mrs. Harrington
Comprehension - Roll and Retell
Choose a fun book to read independently or with someone in your house. Remember to read with good fluency and expression! After you are finished reading play “roll & retell” Roll a die – or if you do not have die, cut up pieces of paper and write the numbers 1 -6 on one of the pieces. Put the pieces into a small hat or a bowl and draw one number out at a time. Answer the questions based on the dice roll or paper you drew out. Have fun – you could even act out each answer using what you know about the book and the characters 😊
3D Scavenger Hunt (Geometry)
Look around your house for 3-dimensional shapes. These shapes can be cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, spheres, and/or cones. Write down as many shapes you can find. Each day pick a new room to go on your hunt. Art Extension: Add art to your day by drawing and label individually these shapes or put them together in your picture. Label your shapes with these vocabulary words: face, vertex, side
Started by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.
This year’s Earth Hour will be March 28, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. your local time.
Switch off all the lights and put on a shadow puppet play! Cut out different shapes of animals, set up a stage using cloth and light and let the shadows come to life! Further set the mood by transforming your pillows and blankets into a mighty fortress! Students are encouraged to write out a short script for either their hand puppets or paper puppets. Have fun and let your imagination run WILD! If your child really enjoys this project, it could be done every week and be the new source of family entertainment!
3rd grade students (and families)
We miss you all already! Each week we are going to be sending you a letter and posting some new learning activities for you! As you have been working at home, we have been working too! We actually got to meet together online and plan some fun work for you. This week we are posting 3 things for you to try/do at home:
1) During this time at home, one positive thing we have is our family. We would love for you to connect with your family by interviewing an elder in your life! This week we are asking you to call your grandma, grandpa or anyone over 60 that is important to you and interview them about their life. You could even have someone help you with the call, a family video conference for example. This is a great way for you to continue our study of culture, remind an elder that you love them and hear their life story.
2) As you are at home, one thing you can find joy in is books! Before we left school we were studying characters. Find some time this week to read 1-2 books and fill out our character sheet about the character from your book. Talk with your family about how characters grow and change.
3) We love math as your teachers and sometimes playing a math game or doing a math worksheet is the best way to relax. This week we want you to refresh your rounding skills. We sent you a game and some worksheets to practice with.
Remember that even as school is out, we want you to be learning! Not all learning takes place during school work though so we hope you are taking time to have some fun as well. Here are a few things we have been up to: Mrs. Hammar has been hard at work building a chicken coop, Ms. Blackburn is becoming a Mario Party queen, Ms. Tran has been hanging out with her dog Taro, Mrs. Eng has entertained us all with some fabulous hats in our video chats and Mrs. Lesco has gone on hikes to enjoy nature before the rain came!
Look for a new letter from us next week! Until then stay safe and healthy, be kind and try one of our new learning activities.
Your 3rd grade teachers
(Ms. Blackburn, Mrs. Eng, Mrs. Hammar, Mrs. Lesco and Ms. Tran
Studying Character Traits
You can learn about a character and their traits by noticing what they say, what they think, and how they act. Once you are able to see a pattern of how they face problems small and big, you can come up with a theory about your character’s main traits.
In order to practice this while we are out of school, we encourage you to read books and use the following graphic organizer to come up with and support your theory about one of your character’s main traits.
You can practice this using the online e-book, When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster. This book is available on MyOn.
Think about what Amelia says, does, and thinks and what that says about what kind of person she is. That is her character trait. And the evidence is what she actually said, did, or thought that led you to that character trait.
To access MyOn, go to https://www.rentonschools.us/.
- Click on RSD Login Portal and login using your child’s RSD school email address and their usual passcode
- Click on “Clever.”
- Scroll down until you see MyOn under, “EMC (District)”
- On MyOn, you can choose, “Search,” and you can look for this or any book.
MATH PACKET #1 – Rounding
Math worksheets in this packet can be printed, or students can view them on the computer and write the answers on a separate sheet of paper.
Feel free to have students watch videos BEFORE they attempt worksheets or allow them to try the work and then watch videos as needed
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
ROUNDING VIDEO LINKS (if needed):
Target 100 Game
The directions for this game are attached. You will also need a set of number cards. If you are not able to print them, you can use a regular deck of cards (remove all but one face card to stand in for a zero). You can also use heavy paper or cardboard to make your own set. Have fun!
3/27/2020 Our Elders' Stories
Our elders are very important in our lives. They show us love and teach us. You are going to interview an elder in your family and tell their story.
- Interview your elder and take notes (interview means to talk and ask questions about their life)
- Use those notes to write their story
- Draw a picture of your elder
STEP ONE: Choosing someone to write about
- Choose someone who is at least 60 years old.
- It can be anyone in your family: grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.
STEP TWO: Prepare
- If you can record your interview, that may help you later. You can go back and listen again. It also makes a great family keepsake.
- Have paper and a pencil ready... You can have someone help you take notes, too.
- We have provided some sample interview questions. You don't have to use all of them and you can add your own, too.
- If your elder speaks a different language than you, have someone ask the questions and take notes, the interpret the notes for you later.
STEP THREE: The interview
- Set up a time with your elder. It can be in person, by phone, by email, by computer (Skype, messenger, FaceTime)
Maplewood Heights Physical Education Weekly Activities
“Hey Maplewood family. I hope all is well for you during this time at home. I miss seeing all your silly energetic faces in P.E. I can’t wait until we get back to the gym and continue our fun active learning. Until then here are some fun active lessons for you at home. Add these to your activity calendar. Remember to give your best and have FUN!” – Mr. K
Staying Active and Fit: Olympic Sport Movements (60 Seconds Each)
· Running – Jog in place
· Jumping – Squat / Frog Jumps
· Tennis – Pretend to hit a tennis ball using backhand and forehand motion
· Shot Put – Using 1 hand at a time pretend to squat and then throw a heavy ball
· Rowing – Sit on floor and pretend to row a boat
· Swimming – Lay on belly and swim using arms and legs
· Skate Boarding – Pretend to stand on a board and jump and land in the same place (trying spins also)
· Basketball – Pretend to dribble and shoot a ball into an imaginary hoop
· Sprinting – Fast running in place with high knees
All Activities are done in an open space with NO equipment needed. Here is a video with music to follow along with:
If internet access is not available, perform each activity in place for 60 seconds or until tired, then switch to next.
Skill Activity: Juggling / Toss & Catch
- Plastic grocery bags – to replace scarves
- Balled up socks – To replace balls
Whether using socks or bags the goal is to learn to toss up 1 object and catch it with the opposite hand. So, throw with left hand then catch with right hand. Then reverse the order. If more challenge is needed trying to throw up with 1 hand and spin around 1 time and catch the object before it hits the floor. Try for 15 minutes.
For those skilled with tossing and catching 1 object
see videos for added challenge.
- Choose 4 small objects and place them inside any non-see -through bag. Small objects can be anything you have in your home. Examples of small objects: coin, crayon, small ball, or key.
- Have your child pull out one object at a time and use the object to tell one part of a story. Keep going until all the objects in the bag are used.
- You can choose to use more objects to include in the bag based on the needs or interests of your child.
- This activity can be done individually, with a partner, or in a small group.
- Your child can select objects to put inside the bag and have you do the same activity 😊.
Here are some suggested questions for your family to discuss during our time away from school:
- What is your favorite movie and why?
- What is your favorite book and why?
- If you won a lot of money, what would you do with it?
- If you could have any job when you grow up, what would you choose to do?
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What is your favorite food and why?
- If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
- If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
- If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
- What is a quality you feel is important to have in a friend?
- What is something you did today that was kind? What can you do to show kindness tomorrow?
- Tell a funny joke. 😊
- Tell about a memory from childhood.
- What do you wish you could eat right now?
- Describe your best friend.
- Choose something in the room you are in. Without telling what the item is, describe it and have your family members guess what it is.
How can you use these questions?
- Write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Pick a slip of paper and discuss at least two questions a day. Everyone can participate!
- Have your child pick a number from 1-16- read the question of the number your child picked.
- Make up your own questions!
- Record your family’s answers to make memories.
- Have your child write down his/her responses and keep a journal of their answers.
- Have your child email the answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs. Chase will respond!
We hope this message finds you all happy and healthy. Starting this week, we will be uploading activities for you and your family to do. The activities can be found on our new 4th grade webpage. The activities will vary between worksheets, games, and outdoor challenges. They will also encourage you to workout your brain muscle. Please remember these activities are optional and not meant to stress anyone out! Stay active, happy, and curious!
If you have any questions, as always, contact your teacher. We would love to hear from you!
Hi Fifth Grade Families at Maplewood Heights!
This is the fifth grade team of teachers sending you a message to say hello and let you know we are thinking of you! We want to let all of our students know we miss them very much and look forward to seeing them soon. We will be updating this In-Home Learning Page weekly and adding new activities for our grade 5 students to further enhance their education. All of this is enrichment and optional, but we feel it is very important and meaningful. If you do these weekly activities in addition to the extra enrichment on Google Classroom and other online educational sites this will help you maintain the skills that you have learned so far this year.
We care about you very much, and you can reach us on our school emails, and students, you can use your own school email accounts.
Once again these activities will be updated once a week.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Fifth Grade Teachers
Mrs. Freiwaldt - Corrie.Freiwaldt@rentonschools.us
Mr. Kaku - email@example.com
Mrs. Penk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Porter - Jeff.Porter@rentonschools.us
Mrs. Webb - Laurie.Webb@rentonschools.us
Go to Storyworks website or use the magazine if it was sent home. Select “I am a student” and use the class code kaku1 if you don’t know yours.
Select the March/April Issue and go to the first story, Out of the Burning Darkness.
You may read the story yourself or have it read to you. If you need support, you may also choose a lower level lexile to make the story easier to understand.
Once you’ve finished reading, complete the Think About It Questions
You can also access Newsela and MyOn through your usual Clever log in.
Play The Product Game with someone (practice multiplication concepts):
You might also like to play the Product Game on the computer:
Go to Khan Academy.org - below is a link to view a strategy for the standard multiplication algorithm:
On Khan Academy practice what you have learned:
Here is a Force and Motion worksheet. The first page is a text that gives your student an option to explore science around the home. The final two pages are questions they can answer to test their understanding.
Scholastic has a contest - you can win cash! The contest asks you to write a persuasive article about SPORTS and why they matter. Here are the materials you need: Material #1
Hello Maplewood Families,
I miss seeing you all at school and hope you and your families are all doing well! I have attached several ideas for you to explore and learn about during the next week.
I hope you remember to find ways to have fun reading! Below I have listed a few ideas of how you might do that 😊 and lessons for each grade level.
If you have any questions or difficulties in accessing these resources, please email me.
- Find a comfy corner to curl up with a book (maybe in your blanket fort)
- Read a story to a family member
- Read to a pet
- Listen to an audiobook while you color or draw on TumbleBooks. (TumbleBooks - passwords sent via earlier email)
- Read a book outside
- Find a comfy corner to curl up with a book. (Maybe in your blanket fort.)
- Read a story to a family member
- Talk about how you would change a story or what you think will happen next
- Listen to an audiobook while you color or draw. (KCLS- Student Accounts- passwords sent via earlier email).
- Organize your personal library into genres or topics. Make signs for the sections. (My sister reminded me that I did this when I was little 😊 who knew I would grow up to be a librarian?!)
Kindergarten – First Grade
Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes and read aloud by Vanessa Marano & Katie Leclerc on Storyline Online.
· Do you like doing things the same way every day or do you like to do things differently?
· Do friends always have to be the same: like the same things, have the same interests?
· Do you think you could be friends with someone who is different than you? Why or why not?
After listening to the story, think about Chester and his friends and answer the following questions:
The title of the story is Chester’s Way. What do you think that means? Think about the meaning of the word “way” as it is used in the title. This is a story is about someone who always does things the same way (Chester) and about someone who is different (Lilly)
· How are Chester and Lilly the same (compare).
Chester and Lilly both _____________________________.
Example: Chester and Lilly both have a nightlight.
· How are Chester and Lilly different (contrast).
Chester _________________________, but Lilly ___________________________.
Example: Chester likes to play croquet, but Lilly doesn’t like to play croquet.
· The story ends with a bit of surprise, talk about or draw what you think might happen next.
Second /Third Grade
Go to PebbleGo Nonfiction and sign in. (RSD subscription database- see name and password sent out in an earlier email.)
Create your own Animal Fortune Teller (A fun way to ask and learn about animals.) and use it to explore animal facts!
You might also simply explore an animal of your choice. Have fun!
Watch the video I created above to review how to access one of RSD’s subscription databases*- PebbleGo (Name/passcodes were sent out via an earlier email from our principal.)
*Remember a database is a collection on articles. Databases are created to have many ways to search and locate information. Follow the directions below once you are logged in.
· Go to our district portal
· Select and click on our Follett Destiny Maplewood Heights Library icon (tree picture icon)
· Scroll down of the right hand column to PebbleGo Next. (Use the name/passcode sent out in earlier email.)
· From the PebbleGo Next Home Page -click on Biographies. You may need to scroll down to see this option.
· Click on Women (March is Women’s History Month) or a subject of your choice to explore.
· Click on one of the groups such as Athletes or Scientists and Inventors.
· Choose one famous person who sounds interesting to you.
· Read or listen to the article. You can click on the speaker icon to hear the article read to you.
· Write a paragraph to tell someone else about this famous woman.
Think about these questions that I have listed below. What makes this person interesting to you?
We miss seeing and working with your kiddos! We will try to manage our IEP deadlines by offering virtual IEP meetings which you can attend over the phone/computer. As before, our wonderful SpEd clerical assistant, Alma Razo, will reach out to you via phone/email to invite you to any planned IEP meetings during the school closure.
When kids are anxious about Coronavirus: What to do
- Validate their feelings and respond with empathy
- Keep your own anxiety in check
- Lead by example
- Sort out “what if” from “what is”
- Give honest, accurate information at a level kids can understand
9 Indoor Activities for Active Kids:
Scavenger hunt: Make a list of hard to find things or hidden things in your house. Some can be open ended like “something you draw with”.
Bubble Wrap: Make a runway, hopscotch grid, use permanent markers to write letters on squares and see how quickly your child can “pop” the alphabet. Paint on bubble wrap and then press paper down on the top of it.
Balloon Volleyball: Use a piece of tape to mark the center line or “net” on the ground.
Hallway Hopscotch: Use painters’ tape to make a grid and a penny to throw in the squares. Make it in different shapes—circles, triangles or diamonds instead of the traditional boxes.
Word-Building charades: Translate the way the letter looks into body positions – tall letters, jump up; medium- stand in place, below the line letters – crouch. So, for bag you jump up for b, stand still for a, and crouch for g. To play write down a list of words and take turns acting them out.
Water bottle bowling: 5-10 empty water bottles and a soccer ball (or other ball about that size). Use tape to mark where each bottle goes. Pour a little sugar, salt, sand into each bottle so they don’t tip over too easily.
Twister: Use colored paper to create your own grid – check Wikipedia for a description.
Indoor Snowball Fight: Use nerf balls, balled up socks, crumpled-up paper for your snowballs.
Dance Party: Put together a playlist the whole family will like. Kids might enjoy dancing with props like scarves.
Please reach out if we can be of support to you. Take care and stay safe.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) brings with it feelings of anxiety, stress, disappointment, and uncertainty. These feelings may be especially strong in children of all ages. Though all children deal with strong emotions in different ways, if your child has been faced with school closures, cancelled events or separation from friends, they are going to need to feel loved and supported now more than ever.
Many of our elementary schools have been using Social Emotional Learning curriculum to teach students specific skills for calming down those strong feelings. Over the next weeks, we’ll be sharing some ways that parents can help create a sense of calmness and normalcy at home. We’ll also be sharing things that parents can do to help their children navigate “the new (temporary) normal.” It all begins with self-care. When you’re a parent, self-care often slips to the bottom of the list. But taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury, it’s essential. During this difficult time when children are home and stress is running high, self-care is now more important than ever. Remember to spend time with your family. Consider taking a walk outside to notice the new springtime growth on plants and trees, listen to birds chirping and notice the skies are quiet and less crowded with airplanes. We’ve seen structure and routines provide a sense of stability for students at school. If possible, add some kind of self-care and fresh air routine into the structure of your day at home with students.
Although we aren’t at school, we are still thinking about you. If you have questions or concerns you would like to share with a staff member, find their contact info on the staff directory.
Parent Toolkit: Calming Strategies: Stress Less: Calming Strategies
The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook Watch the Yucky Bug with your kids, YouTube Video.
- What are the Magic 5? Pick one and Re-teach it to a Family Member.
- What are different ways you and your family are staying safe?
- When you're feeling scared like Junior, what can you do to feel better?
- What do you like about staying home and healthy? What do you not like?
- What are some fun activities you have been able to enjoy while avoiding the Yucky Bug?
Follow Through Activities:
Think about someone you wish you could visit. Write them an email or letter and mail it to them.
Make a list of all the ways you are “strong” (i.e. I am kind to others; I am a great soccer player; I am an amazing dancer)
Your student maybe on technology a lot more than usual in the coming weeks. They might be gaming with friends online, texting with a friend, or recording a YouTube video. Technology has benefited our lives greatly and can also be a challenge – especially when it comes to deciding what to share and how much. Help your student develop a healthy digital footprint by discussing the long-term consequences of posting pictures and videos online. Watch these videos together to get the conversation started: Your Digital Footprint or Safe Web Surfing
Cyberbullying video: How to Beat Cyberbullies
Internet Safety video: Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online