March 19, 2020
Dear SWSM Families,
I’m thinking about all of you and trust you are all well as we weather this new territory. I realize the work to protect our families and communities from this public health emergency is not yet done. Things are moving fast, and we are asked to do so much so quickly. Please take a moment to breathe.
I know that days at home are LONG and most special activities are cancelled. Many of you have already been pleased to see that Ms. Stacy and Ms. Amanda are putting CLASS DOJO to work as they are providing at home exercises for children to participate in. Ms. Mary Lou and Ms. Sonoe’s classes will join shortly, so watch for your invite to join DOJO.
Routines establish security. At SWSM, your child is very used to them. That is why it’s important to replicate that into your child’s day at home. Set aside a specific work time. As he does his work, you do yours. A thirty-minute session in the morning and another in the afternoon would be very doable. Following is a list of activities and sites you may find interesting as well:
- Build an indoor (or outdoor) obstacle course.
- Make a family tree or expand on your child’s birthday timeline to include “who came before me”.
- Kindergartners should keep up with their journal and write a daily sentence in it.
- Make a memory book of a family vacation, and don’t forget to use your photos to illustrate.
- Make a map of your house. (You know how much our children love maps.)
- Plan a trip to Grandma’s and plot it on a map.
- Visit the School of Rock website to learn how to play the piano, guitar or even brush up on your singing. They have online classes for a variety of ages.
- Visit Laughing Star Montessori Materials and in “search” enter Free PDFs or School-at-Home Free to get materials for letter and number writing, pets, patterns, calendar work and more.
- Outschool.com covers a wide range of topics.
- Brainpop.com focuses on the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.
AND for you:
- Read MONTESSORI AT HOME from Nido Marketing.
- Put HOW TO RAISE AN AMAZING CHILD THE MONTESSORI WAY by Tim Seldin on your Kindle.
Instead of trying to create “school at home,” readjust and relish this newfound freedom. Think of this time as an unanticipated staycation where your family gets to spend time together and have fun. Start your day with a family meeting and allow each member to talk about what each one wants to do. This will give the kids a buy-in and may result in some great ideas.
Make sure you connect with each child on a one-to-one basis every day. Set his siblings up with an activity that will occupy them so you can have this time. It is also a great opportunity to train kids in skills like cooking (reading, following the recipe, measuring and washing dishes), laundry (sorting, folding and matching socks) and other chores you can’t fit in during the school year.
Don’t forget that this is going to be a formative time for your children. What do you hope they’ll tell their grandchildren about the year 2020? Make this time special — film a movie about your family, make cards to send to an aunt or grandpa who lives out of town, share stories about your childhood or teach them a game you loved as a child. Most of all be compassionate toward yourself and your children. We have never experienced anything like this current crisis, and all of us are being pioneers.
Take care of yourselves and stay well and safe.
Spring is coming.