Dear CRES Students- I miss each and every one of you and think of you all often throughout my day. I can't wait until we are all back together again in our beloved school.  Just like at school, I am here for you if you need me. I want to make this whole situation better for you any way that I can. If you ever have a hard time with any given situation that you are encountering while away from school, please have your parents email me. I will be checking my email throughout the day each week day but will always be mindful of doing so between 8 & 10 am and again from 2-3 pm. I can always give you a call or ZOOM conference with you.  Below, please see items that may help keep your spirits soaring.  Also, make sure you are being kind to your siblings and not indulging in too much screen time. Impress your parents and make your beds every morning and brush your teeth at least twice a day without having to be reminded! Look out your window daily and observe as spring is slowly but surely showing signs of life! Are you seeing the grass green up and the buds on the trees? Are you hearing the birds sing? Watch for other signs each day! Get a lot of fresh air and some sunshine when you can.  As you pass by a mirror, look into it and notice how beautiful you are on the outside and then remind yourself of your inside beauty also! Know that I am thinking of you! You are all simply THE BEST!

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I am emailing you all daily--please check your email from me for fun activities and a little laughter!

For Moms and Dads and Caretakers:

We are in an unprecedented, for our life-time, period of uncertainty. Never before have we had to figure out how to do this. Anxiety in some form is likely going to be part of this experience.

What's possible when I allow this emotion? What's possible if instead of blocking it out and trying to create some semblance of control, I allowed myself these wobbly moments?

When I feel anxious, I need to slow things down. I need to get outside in nature. I need to get good sleep. I need to stick with my daily habits. I need to be with my loved ones.

Isn't it funny though, that my mind defaults to the opposite.

It tells me to be hyper-vigilant by over-consuming media, that I can't slow down because there's too much to figure out, and because of this there's no room to keep up my daily habits (they're not as important as what's going on right now!)

What's your experience so far? Is it similar to mine or is it different?

If you're feeling pressure to figure this all out at once, in the blink of an eye, by yourself, while that might work for some people, if it's not working for you, I encourage you to pause and check in with yourself and with your kids.

During these uncertain times, the only thing we need to do is to show up— to show up for our kids, the others we love, and the community we're part of.

Our kids are resilient. If we show up for them and attune to their needs, they can cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Source: Kim Lange kim@growingupconfident.com

 

Here's a brief list of ways you can show up for your kids.

Center yourself before talking to your kids about the virus.

Quiet your own worries and fears. Talk to a friend. Meditate. Take a walk.

Talk about the coronavirus and social distancing. (If you haven't already.)

Kids at different ages will need different information. Our elementary aged kids need a brief explanation and honest answers to their questions.

Our middle and high school kids need honest answers plus this is also an opportunity to teach them how to curate and manage information including how to discern which information is truthful and which is not.

Check in on their emotional experience.

Ask your kids to scale how big their feelings are in their bodies. For little ones, I have them use their hands. They start with their palms pressed together and then increase the distance between them to show how big or small their feelings are inside.

For elementary aged kids, I use a 0 to 5 point scale with 5 being the biggest or most intense their feelings could get and with older kids, I use a 0-10 point scale. This activity can spark some openhearted conversations.

  • How big are your feelings about the coronavirus?
  • How big are your feelings about being out of school?
  • How big are your feelings about staying home?
  • How big are your feelings about not seeing your friends?

Co-create a family plan.

Kids do well when they have a sense of stability. What feels best for your family during this time. Do you thrive with structure and you'd like to create a daily schedule or does the thought of this make your skin crawl?

Would you rather slow things down and have lots of open space in your days? What feels generative and soothing to you? Both options are okay.

And if you are desiring structure without a rigid schedule, here's a framework I've found helpful.

Learn: Practice or learn something new.

Create: Tap into your creativity and make something awesome.

Play: Have fun. Move your body. Get Energized.

Rest: Relax. Restore your energy.

Connect: Nurture your relationship with yourself, your family, your friends, nature, or God if that's one of your values.

Contribute: Help around the house and in your community.

Each morning, with your kids, choose which of the areas they will focus on for the day and what activities they will be completing in each chosen area.

While I understand that some of the learning activities may be required by their school, as much as is possible, co-create the daily plan together.


This is an opportunity for our kids to learn that, with a secure base—you, they can handle the uncertainties and anxieties of life.

This will pass.

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CABIN FEVER isn’t just for winter anymore!

I’ve looked over this list and it is phenomenal! Let kids pick and choose their favorite ideas to further explore!

Avoid Cabin Fever With These 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis

https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/

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Two little hands, so clean and so bright, this is my left and that is my right

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHPQrYthn6M&feature=emb_rel_end

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Baby, Write This Down!  Take a Little Note!

Journaling is a great way to relieve stress & anxiety and during this pandemic, journaling can also serve as a way to record history! Your child’s journal entries could become a keepsake in later years when your when his/her children or grandchildren are asking about this COVID19 thing they learned in history class!

Journal topics (If your kiddo is too young to write, he/she can draw based on the topic(s) chosen):

COVID19 Topics:

  • Describe your typical day at school. Then describe your day at home school due to the pandemic. Create a Venn Diagram for this topic!
  • What do you miss about not being at school?
  • What do you like about not being at school?
  • List your school schedule
  • List your home school schedule
  • Describe a typical day at home from school due to the COVID shutdown
  • What were your fears about the pandemic?
  • What are some good things that came about during the pandemic?
  • What community activities have been cancelled due to the pandemic?

 

Other Topics

Writing for Fun: 33 Journal Prompts for Elementary Kids

  1. Do you get an allowance? How does it work?
  2. Write a story about life in 2512.
  3. Do you believe that wishes come true?
  4. Is it better to have older siblings or younger siblings?
  5. If you could invent something, what would it be?
  6. Write a story about a singer who can’t stop singing.
  7. What is your favorite place to eat?
  8. How do you feel when you play with your friends?
  9. What is the first thing you do each day?
  10. Think of something kind you could for another person today.
  11. If you could throw a party for the entire school, what would it be like?
  12. What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far this year?
  13. Have you ever saved up for a large purchase? How did you feel when you’d saved enough?
  14. Write a story about a magical tree.
  15. How did your parents choose your name?
  16. How can you be a role model for younger students?
  17. What is your greatest dream?
  18. How does it feel when someone thanks you?
  19. What would it be like to celebrate something every day?
  20. What age are you most excited to reach?
  21. What does it feel like to apologize?
  22. Write a story about an adventurous anteater.
  23. Why is school important to you?
  24. Have you ever had a birthday party?
  25. Do you ever have trouble sharing?
  26. What does it mean to be creative?
  27. What is your favorite thing about your parents?
  28. What is the best feeling in the world?
  29. Have you ever volunteered or donated something? How did you feel afterward?
  30. What is your favorite game?
  31. Would you rather have one long summer vacation or several short breaks during the year?
  32. Is school too easy or too hard for you? Why or why not?
  33. How does it feel to win at something you’ve practiced?

Source: ttps://www.journalbuddies.com/journal_prompts__journal_topics/writing-for-fun-elementary-kids/

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Hey Everyone—SUPPER’s READY!

With so many activities and destinations shut down, dinner time may be a time all family members can now actually attend during one sitting!  Below are table talking points for your enjoyment:

50 Conversation Starters for Family Dinner Time

  1. Parent(s) share a story about the kids when they were babies or toddlers.
  2. Each kid tells how they think their parents met. Parents go last.
  3. Parents share what you were like at your kids’ ages. Kids say what they think they will be like as parents.
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? (This answer changes often with kids.)
  5. Best thing, worst thing. Go around the table and ask each person to share the best thing about their day and the worst thing about their day.
  6. What is your favorite meal Mom cooks? What is your favorite meal Dad cooks? (You’ll get some dinner ideas from this conversation!)
  7. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  8. Name 3 foods you would never eat.
  9. What is your dream job?
  10. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
  11. What is the thing you worry about most?
  12. What are you most thankful for?
  13. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
  14. What is your favorite movie?
  15. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
  16. What is your favorite Bible verse?
  17. Describe the person sitting to your right in 3 words. Keep it positive.
  18. What is your least favorite chore?
  19. What is your favorite thing about our family?
  20. What is your all-time favorite toy?
  21. If you won the lottery (at least $1,000,000), what is the first thing you would buy?
  22. What is the hardest thing about being your age right now?
  23. If you could live in any state, which would you choose? Why?
  24. Describe your life 10 years from now.
  25. When you have children, what will they like most about each aunt and uncle (your brothers and sisters)?
  26. If you planned our next family vacation, where would we go and what would we do?
  27. If you could pick any age and stay that age, how old would you be?
  28. What do you think heaven will be like?
  29. What do you know more about than your parents?
  30. How can you tell when you’re grown up?
  31. What is your favorite place in our home?
  32. What is your most favorite fast food restaurant? What is your least favorite?
  33. What is your greatest strength? Why?
  34. Would you ever change your name? If so, what would your new name be?
  35. What makes you feel loved?
  36. What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you like to start?
  37. What motivates you?
  38. Think of the people you respect the most. What is it about them that you respect?
  39. What is your favorite dessert?
  40. If you could create a new holiday, what would it be called and what would it celebrate?
  41. Would you ever get a tattoo? If not, why not? If yes, what would it be?
  42. What is your favorite number? Why?
  43. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? If so, what was it? If not, do you think miracles still happen?
  44. If you could have one question answered about your future, what would it be?
  45. What do you do to get yourself out of a bad mood?
  46. What 3 apps do you use most on your phone?
  47. What is the best thing about having a cell phone? What is the worst thing?
  48. What are your goals for the next 2 years?
  49. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
  50. Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains? Why?

Source: https://findingtimetofly.com/conversation-starters-for-family-dinner-time/

March 2020 Kindness Calendar  

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Last day of school for shutdown

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

Make your bed more neatly than ever before!

23

Look your sibling in the eyes and give him/her a compliment

24

Tell your mom & dad or grandparent a bedtime story

 

25

Hide Easter eggs for your parents or grandparents to find!

26

Insist that you do all the dishes after supper tonight!

 

27

Eat your favorite junk food today!

28

Take turns throughout the day serving a loved one a meal!

29

Call a classmate!

 

30

Tell your parents or grandparents about your earliest memory!

31

Hold a boys against the girls pizza making contest!

 

 

 

 

 

April 2020 Kindness Calendar  

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

1

Pick up any litter you see in your yard.

2

Write a list of five goals you would like to accomplish in your life

3

Place a positive note to your parents or grandparents and place under their pillow

4

You fill in a kindness goal

5

You fill in a kindness goal

 

6

Leave a thank-you note to the mail delivery person in your mailbox

7

Draw outside with sidewalk chalk

 

8

Email a thank you note to the custodians at the school

9

Watch a funny Christmas movie on TV today

10

Last day of school for shutdown

11

You fill in a kindness goal

12

HAPPY EASTER!

You fill in a kindness goal

13

Make S'mores for a snack

14

Clean the kitchen without being asked. Wash dishes, clean the counters and stove top, and take out the trash.

15

Tell your sibling your favorite memory of them

16

Take the entire day off from playing video games

17

Learn 5 positive words in Spanish on ABC'Ya

18

You fill in a kindness goal

19

You fill in a kindness goal

 

20

Email a thank you note to your teacher!

21

Clean beneath your bed

 

 

22

Write encouraging notes on sticky notes and leave them on others’ mirrors: You’re amazing! You’re awesome!

23

Help clean the garage


 

24

List the things that you want to participate in in JH and HS

 

25

You fill in kindness goal

26

You fill in a kindness goal 

27

Ask your parents or grandparents what they know about their family history

 

28

Empty the trash cans in all rooms of the house

 

29

Write down places you'd like to travel and list why

30

Email a thank you note to Mr. T 

 

 


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Like We Never Even Left!

Below is a link for Social Skills at Home--lessons to help your child hone certain character traits which are akin to the lessons I would present during a typical school day. Your students are NOT required to complete these lessons. They are there mainly for the children to peruse and engage in for fun and serve as an aversion from school work and screen time. Have fun CRES students! I miss you! 

click for Social Skills at Home Lessons

 Beth Vorst

K-6 Guidance, Computer Education, HORNET Yearbook Advisor

Phone:  419 963-7017 ext 1040

Email:  vorst@cory-rawson.org

Room #: A109

Conference Period: 12-12:30 p.m.

Virtual Office Hours while school is closed for COVID19: M-F 8-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Reach me by email and further contact plans will then be formulated.

 

JOKE ANSWER: No but April May!