The Kids are Home... Now What?

Advice for St. Valentine Parents

Making the most of school closure

Dear St. Valentine Parents,

Although we are sending home work for your children Monday March 23rd, the days are long when school is canceled. We also wanted to put together some suggested schedules and resources for you to help the days pass more productively.

Remember these are only suggestions, we know that each family has a different situation with work and home schedules. Each family needs to do what is right for them and know that whatever you are able to do is okay. We are here for you and will work to send some ideas and updates every few days. If this list helps great, if it is too much right now, just delete it, there is no VITAL information included. You've got this!

Many Blessings,

Mrs. Damuth

PS Thanks to all who sent the pictures today! See the pictures of at home adventures at the end of this newsletter.

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time- Suggested only if it can help!

*disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.

8:00 Make breakfast together- Join Mrs. Damuth online starting March 23rd for morning prayer and announcements- details to come soon!

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project or other activity suggested by the teacher.

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

11:30 Creative lunch-making or pick up your FREE lunch from St. Valentine

12:30 DEAR time Drop everything and READ!

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:30 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project some will be included in the packets sent home!

4:00 Online learning activity- a list will come soon, or IXL.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

List of extra FREE parent/student resources on the link below.

Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?