Early Education Spring Newsletter

April 2020

Dear Early Education Families -

What a difference a few months can make! The new level of uncertainty surrounding daily life has resulted in a redefinition of “normal” for kids and parents alike. Wherever this newsletter finds you in the process of adjusting to a new routine, please know we miss and care about all of you! It’s not the same without students in the building, but we will continue to provide support via alternate means to your child and family.

Sincerely, The Early Education Team

Take Home Tips : Stay Safe at Home Edition

We understand - you’ve been stuck inside and you need to keep your kids busy, active and engaged! Not to worry - here are some simple activity ideas you can throw together with items you already have at home:

  • Stack cups: stimulate hand-eye coordination, creativity, and spatial reasoning by stacking plastic cups, upside down, into a pyramid shape. How high can you build it? How many cups did you use? How many cups do you have if you take 3 out?

  • Nature soup: Collect items you find outside, like pine cones, grass, small twigs, leaves, and other natural elements. Add them to water in a storage tote and use kitchen tools to pretend “cook” your soup. What floats? What sinks? How does it smell?

  • Write the room: Help your child find words throughout your home and “write” them on a piece of notebook paper. Look how many words you can find!

  • Window wash: Your little helpers will have fun spraying water from a small spray bottle onto windows, tubs, siding, tile floors, or cars. They can spray the area wet, and dry it with a soft towel. Make it a team effort with one sibling tackling each task - then switch.

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Parenting : Tools to Use

Balancing the stressors of family life can be challenging - on a good day. But the new experiences in recent weeks can stretch the patience of anyone. Please know you are not alone in the stress of this current circumstance - and there are things you can do to mitigate the negative effects of this confusing time:

  • Care for your own stress: When adults are stressed, kids are stressed - with fewer skills to cope. We can support our children best from a well-rested, well-fed place of peace. Reach out for help, find support when needed, and make intentional healthy choices. Trust that you and your family are resilient and you can get through new territory, one step at a time.

  • Maintain a schedule: Though it might look different, maintaining a consistent daily schedule helps kids feel safe, and frees up adult decision-making to focus on more important things. Set a schedule that makes sense, post it, and follow it as much as circumstances allow.

  • Prioritize: You can’t do it all. That’s ok. Decide as a family what the most important things are and use that guide to make decisions in the coming weeks. Does the activity in question contribute to teaching your family values? Is it helping to mitigate the family’s stress? Is it reassuring to your children? Reevaluate the priorities often so you continue to make intentional choices to manage your time well.

  • Have fun: Do what you can to make this time a fun, engaging experience for your family. Have a picnic dinner on the floor of the living room, dance to silly songs, build a fort out of the couch cushions, build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows, let bubble bath time go extra long. Your child will enjoy the extra time with you and it will help reassure them they are safe.

  • Stay positive: You can get through this! And so can your children! Find things each day to stay positive about. Let the sun warm your face. Notice the perennial sprouting in the landscaping on your way into the store. Enjoy a quick conversation with a friend. Relish reading a book to your curious children before bedtime.