Dear Parents,

As all of you know, our county has made the decision to close schools until April 14th due to the growing health concern caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Stay tuned on how we will address instructional time while we are away from school.  Please continue to check the website and I will also stay in touch via email.

In the meantime, here are some suggestions that are meaningful and things that are simple to do that don't require technology.

READ- By far THE most important (academic) thing to do each day.  Read books for fun, read nonfiction books about things your child is interested in, start a chapter book together, read instructions, read recipes, bring a blanket outside and read under a tree, build a fort and read with a flashlight ...just read anything together.  Take the time and just be together.

Create- Create things with Legos, blocks, play dough, cardboard boxes, any materials you have around the house.  Make a leprechaun trap, build a boat for a book character, construct houses and buildings.  Let their imagination be BIG.  You will be amazed at what their minds will think up on their own.

PLAY-Play games, board games; such as Zingo, Chutes and Ladders, Guess Who, Bingo; and card games like Uno, concentration,  War, Spot It, Hearts.  Your child will have much fun playing these games while learning.

GO OUTSIDE- Go to your backyard, take a hike on a trail that is empty.  Be in nature together, talk about what you see, collect treasures like pine cones.  Take a "five senses walk" and look up at the clouds, notice the changes in seasons.  Take out the sidewalk chalk, count things you see  Being outside is such a wonderful booster for kids.

Talk to your child:  Just talk to your child without the interruptions of tvs, phones, tablets.  We are often so busy that it's hard to find time, good quality time, to talk to our kids. Time with us is what they really crave the most. 

Our kids definitely pick up on what we are feeling and it's hard not to feel stress right now.  Above all, love on them and help them feel secure in a time of insecurity.  I am thinking about them, worrying about them, and am already planning on how best to take care of the academic pieces once this has passed. 

Stay healthy everyone.  

If you have any questions, please contact me at ikedavw@pwcs.edu