With the school year ending, students will have more time on their hands. With most camps canceled and vacations postponed, students are inevitably going to be looking for things to do. Here is a list of activities and projects you and your family can do over the summer.
I hope everyone has a safe summer! See you all in the fall.
Ms. Claire Lawrence
With counties starting to re-open I thought it would be a good to share the criteria required in order to re-open. Washington county is expected to re-open on June 1st. While this means restaurants will be open for in-dining services, retails stores will be open for shopping, and yes, we can finally get our haircuts. These services however will still have to follow the social distancing requirement and clean more frequently.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Students thrive on schedules. Their average days are predictable. School used to start at the same time everyday students would come in and go to their classrooms and unpack backpacks. They would then go to seats and get started on the day. Lunch and recess were at the same time, and school ended at 3:15. Now students can start school whenever they want. The structure students are used to, and need is gone. There are ways to continue a schedule when at home. Try and wake up at the same time every day, whatever time that is. Start school and try and end school at the same time; you could even do the same subjects at the same time. According to Mental Health First Aid, here are some tips for keeping a routine at home.
Feel free to reach out with any concerns or questions.
Children are continually asking questions. Sometimes they are questions adults can't answer other times; they are simple questions like "what's for dinner." Right now, they are not able to comprehend why they can't live their everyday life. While parents want to protect their children and withhold information, this can lead to them thinking the worse. Here is a script to help answer the tough questions children ask.
Learning at home can be difficult for some students. They are used to physically going to a different building to learn. There have been several studies and suggested on how to study at home effectively.
Create a space designated for schoolwork only.
Having a separate space just for school helps tell the brain it is time to study, whereas the bedroom is associated with sleeping and relaxing. The area should also be tidy to decrease distractions.
Create a to-do list
If your student's teacher provides a weekly schedule of assignments create a list of all the tasks. Once the document is complete, pick one to two assignments every day. Breaking down the week can prevent feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the amount of work.
Establish a routine
Start school work at the same time every day. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, along with establishing a routine try and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Our brains are not designed to sit in a spot for multiple hours. Set timers and take brain breaks every hour. In school, students naturally do this when changing classes.
Go to office hours - Teachers have office hours to answer questions or chat with students.
Stay off screens - With digital learning, it is impossible to stay off a screen completely. Once the student has finished, their work go for a walk, play outside, read a book, play a game, create a meal, or even take a nap to catch up on sleep.
As always, reach out with any concerns or questions.
I came across a saying the other day and thought it was relevant. "When a photographer can't change a scene, he changes his angle and lens to capture the best of that scene. Similarly, when you can't change a situation in your life, change your perspective and mindset to get the better out of that situation." Unknown. Changing perspective can be challenging. Here is a list of ideas to help change perspective.
As always, reach out with any questions or concerns.
With today being the start teacher appreciation week and schools being closed, it can be hard to express our appreciation. Most teachers want to make sure their students are doing okay. During this week, take the time to check in with a teacher and say hi, or a quick thank you. Here is a list of 24 ideas for teacher appreciation during social distancing.
We are not perfect. We all make mistakes. Parents yell at their children over little things and have meltdowns. While children and student anxiety and stress are higher at the moment, parents are too. Parents are allowed to have meltdowns in front of their kids. How a parent handles the conversation after this happens is essential. Children are like sponges and absorb everything around them. Seeing a person, they respect and look up to break take a minute to calm down and collect themselves. Then explain in an age-appropriate conversation can educational for them. Breaking down is okay and shows kids we are not perfect, and showing emotions is acceptable.
As always, reach out when anything you happen to think of, I would be happy to help.
Ms. Claire Lawrence
What we are experiencing right now is a stressful time for all of us, especially parents. Parents are now having to juggle being a parent, employee, and a teacher. Many companies are giving a discount to teachers and parents to help get through this time. I have posted a list of free resources previously for families to use. But companies are adding more discounts and free resources all the time. Love and Logic this week posted, they are offering their online parenting class for free.
As always stay safe and feel to reach out with any concerns.
During this time, students and all of us are going through disappointment. Students will not be able to graduate with their class, and teachers will not get to say goodbye to students. Sports and vacations have been canceled or postponed. Dealing with navigating how to handle the disappointment can be challenging. Here is an article to help converse with your children on disappointment. If you need additional resource or are struggling with anything feel free to reach out.
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