Good Afternoon from the Middle School (virtually) – Welcome Grade 4 parents as well!
A. Parents as teachers: Parents have been immersed in suddenly becoming teachers in their own homes, here is a webinar that might be helpful: Parents as First Teachers: Supporting Reading Development at Home in Culturally Responsive Ways Monday, April 6, 2020 4pm Eastern
Parent Tools for Teaching at Home:
● Student Readiness Check, Learning Heroes
● Make any Room a Classroom, BrainPOP
● Scholastic Learn from Home, Scholastic
B. Safety & Emotional Support: As with any traumatic event, we are bombarded with information and media. Here are some resources for parents to navigate this time:
Talking to Children about COVID, National Association of School Psychologists
How to Avoid Shaking Hands, Harvard Business Review
https://www.downdogapp.com/ yoga app- free to all school staff
“Social Stories” created by Breezy Special Ed,
From the Council for Exceptional Children, a PDF that “Provides methods to help children and adolescents understand and cope with emotions related to the Coronavirus pandemic.”:
This is a link to “best news sources for kids” so if parents don’t want kids tuning in to regular news, which is so adult-oriented and therefore more confusing and scary….potentially “The websites and apps on this list offer stories of interest to kids and make serious events more digestible.” https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-news-sources-for-kids
Have a wonderful evening – be alert for that ‘little thing’ that happened today that spoke to your heart!
Kathi McCollumn, Principal