We hope everyone is staying well and doing okay during these unsettling times. As I am sure you heard when the Governor spoke at 2pm today, he announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. While we understand this decision was made with our students best interest at heart, this is hard for us to know we won't be seeing our babies again this school year. At this time we don't have any additional information about what the end of the school year will look like and how things will go, but as soon as we do we will share that with you!
We are here to support you in any way we can during this time. Keep doing the things we listed in the email last week, name writing, recognizing capital letters, and numbers 0-20. In addition we are adding some more resources and websites you can visit to try to help keep your child's mind active during this time! Also remember there is learning to be found all around, so don't stress about making your child sit and work for long periods of time. Give them autonomy! Simply meaning let them have choices and take a leadership role, let them be in charge of loading the dishwasher or make them the trash patrol and have them in charge of clean up! Let them choose which book they want to read to you! Getting them involved will make the activities more engaging for them.
In addition to writing their names do a daily journal, don't expect them to do an entire journal entry but they can draw pictures and try to sound out simple words. Have them tell you what they drew and write it for them. Ideas of things to write about: favorite food, the weather outside, what they miss about school, their favorite outdoor activity, etc.
Also don't forget there are lots of educational videos on youtube and movement songs, we do a lot of Learning Station videos and Gonoodle at school to get them moving! PBS kids is another good website for them to work on that is educational, just remember screen time is okay but does need to have a limit, if stopping is a problem you can set a timer to help them transition to the next activity!
We are here to help in any way we can during this difficult time so if you need anything at all please reach out and let us know. Also check our websites for update information and resources as well!