I will be posting information on this page to help support you during this time. I realize that this time can provoke anxiety in young people and I will be available to help you navigate the mental health aspect of this transition.* Please email me through this website to schedule a phone conference or a zoom session. I will also be posting videos to help you understand how to support your child during this time.
Click below to watch a video about:
Helping your child cope with anxiety
Food For Thought – This was created by Mrs. Newell, a teacher in another district. I felt like it was a timely reminder.
“Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is a crazy time with updates from schools, posts of learning ideas from home, shared spreadsheets with days organized and planned to the second. But, you have permission to be a parent, and not a teacher.
Chances are you might not know the pedagogy. Chances are you might not know the curriculum, or the true purposes of a daily schedule organized down to 3-minute increments. And that’s ok.
Chances are your children may be more nervous and anxious about these changing times than they show. Chances are they are more nervous than you because they are too young to have any control over any of the things happening around them. And they, too, will be okay.
Yes, school is important. Yes, schedules are handy. Also, this gift of time with your children is important. The way that you handle this time will be etched in your children’s memory and hearts. Take this gift of time to be a parent, and take this permission to not be a teacher.
Play a board game. Chances are there is math in that board game.
Lounge on the couch and read books or magazines together. Chances are the kiddos will be reading something in which they are really interested.
Take a walk outside together. Chances are that nature is the best science teacher any of us will ever have.
Watch a funny tv show together. Chances are your family will have a more authentic conversation about the characters in the comedy than some scripted test question.
Make something together. Chances are your kitchen is the best makerspace of them all. Follow a recipe, or don’t. Either way you will be creating something new together and it will be great, or it won’t. And this is the best kind of learning.
We have been given the gift of time. When we look back decades from now, will our children remember the color coded spreadsheets and fighting as a teacher/student? Or will they remember this time as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend special time with a parent?
Lesson the fighting by lowering the expectations of being the perfect teacher during this less than perfect time. Be a parent. Provide reassurance that everything will be okay by providing you – not necessarily a daily curriculum. Because school activities will come and go, but -you- you have the opportunity to be the constant comforter and parent to help your children through this unusual time.
Copy and paste the link below to watch a video regarding best practices for speaking to your child about Covid-19.
*If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.