Dear Wise School Early Childhood and Parenting Center Families,

I have had several conversations with parents over the last few days about perspective. As parents, we are all trying so hard to make everything work well for our children, wanting them to be successful with school and secure in this unsettling time. I, for one, have been incredibly unforgiving and hard on myself when I grow impatient or frustrated, when I have “my moments” in our home.  If I might offer, for grounding today, the following, written by a teacher:

“Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they will all be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it. If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 or more weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.”

In today’s newsletter, you will find a mixture of videos, zoom time, specialist activities and those generate by our teachers. Go through what you can, and  know that ALL of the Passover materials can and should be used again and again over the next few weeks leading up to the holiday.  This is how young children learn best! Have a wonderful day.

Morning Blessings at 8:30 a.m.with Rabbi Sari

Storah Time with Rabbi Sari at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 187-402-183
Call In: 69 900 9128

Music time with Teacher Marcos– It’s all about Passover. Play this over and over for the next couple of weeks so your child can participate in your Passover Seder! Repetition is key, especially when learning music.

Passover Songsheet –Lyrics to go along with Teacher Marcos’ songs, and the basics that are included in our school Haggadah.

Passover Story
There are different ways to tell the story of Passover, depending on the developmental level of the child.

Passover Story for 2-3 year olds
Passover Story for older 3-5 year olds

Passover Coloring pages- While these sheets might not be what we would typically offer in school (we prefer things open-ended that encourage the child’s creativity), we recognize that there might be some need at home for some good old-fashioned coloring books! Why not work on some Passover décor for your celebration? Have your child do one or two of these each day. More than one kid? Print out a packet for each child!

Ice Cream Felt Story with Marloes
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs with Jen
Letter and Spray Jumping Game

Print Making with recycled materials, from our atelierista, Joanne

Sensory/Science Activity:
Making Moon Sand

Banana Bread

“See you” tomorrow!