Weekly Notes from Preschool Director, 3/18

Good Morning Preschool Families,

During this time, I will be sending home some resources for you and your children daily. Your child might not know what is going on around us, but they may be feeling our stress, anxiety, fear, and so much more. It can be a scary time for our children and us, but giving them facts about it can help. Please note that you know your child best, and it is your decision on whether you want to share this information with them. 

I have provided a link from BrainPOP, which has a short video on COVID-19. I shared it with my children last night, and we had a group discussion about it and what it means. It allowed them to ask questions and talk openly with us about their feelings. Starting family meetings or “check-ins” about their feelings could be beneficial at this time. Validating those feelings helps our children to feel comfortable and develop a secure sense of self, gain confidence, and feel more connected to their parents.

I have created a list of activities that our Preschool teachers have put together for you in a PDF format. Some of the links are active for specific activities. If you are interested in receiving this PDF, please email me directly. Don’t forget that during this time, your child can still have fun, get messy, and continue learning. Our Preschool Lead Teachers and I were able to film ourselves reading a few books and singing songs for your children. I will be sending those out periodically so your children can see a familiar face from school and hopefully extend a sense of normalcy during a difficult time. I will also be posting these activities using the ClassDojo platform! If you do not have access to your child’s ClassDojo, please let me know so I can help set it up for you.

Each week, I will send some online resources as well; please note that this does not take the place of human interaction. Your children should still be actively PLAYING and exploring at home. Children learn best through play and with adults asking open-ended questions. Our students have fantastic imagination skills, and please allow them this opportunity to explore and be creative at home! These online resources can be utilized to enhance learning but not take the place of supervision or what they could be learning from actual activities implemented at home. 

Storyline Online
https://www.storylineonline.net/
Free Stories

Switcheroo Zoo
https://switchzoo.com/
Watch, listen, and play games to learn all about amazing animals. 

Nat Geo for Kids
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals 

Into the Book
https://reading.ecb.org/student/entry.html
Go “Into the book” to play games that practice reading strategies! 

Seussville
https://www.seussville.com/
Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly through email. The school will continue to keep you updated on information about our closure. Palm Valley School has put together a weblink for all COVID-19 updates regarding the school. https://www.pvs.org/community/covid-19/

Best,

Kaira Beach,
Head of Preschool