Summer is in full swing. I hope you have been able to enjoy some outdoor fresh air time. School is set to begin again in 4 short weeks. Does your child still need to do summer learning? Chances are, yes!
Kg and MG families are encouraged to visit the following organization’s pages for information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy:
How can we get creative and encourage our children to wear a mask? At my house, this has not been very hard because my children are involved in a few community activities that have required a mask, and they would prefer to participate. If wearing a mask is what it takes, then they are willing. They also see myself and their neighbors wearing one to work each day. However, I know it will be hard for some children to get used to the idea of wearing a mask when they join their parents at the store, or church, other community activities.
For children and adults alike, any change can be challenging. Some children may respond with crying or tantrums, but most children will be able to accept wearing a mask pretty easily if adults set the tone for them.
Give your child real reasons for wearing the mask. Meet your child at their level and answer their questions. You can first start with holding the mask and talking about it, or playing pretend with it. Move on to practice wearing the mask. Use a mirror and make sure your child can hear well. Remember to be patient with your child, and practice repeatedly and often.
It could be fun to decorate the mask with your child using markers, stickers, iron ons, or sewn on patches. These things that will engage your child and increase their ownership of the mask. Families can make a mask from a favorite cloth pattern or order from companies that have kid-friendly versions, which can be a helpful way to get kids to buy in.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great website with lots of topical and timely information for parents.
It's hard to be positive when kids and teenagers are driving us crazy, especially when everyone is home for the summer. It's especially hard this summer as students are enrolling and participating in fewer activities, in an effort to social distance.
Here are some suggestions
The history behind Juneteenth is that on June 19, 1865, the enslaved African-Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free, though the proclamation had been signed two and a half years earlier by President Lincoln, long before the news reached these slaves. Confederate General Lee surrendered two months earlier and the civil war was already over. Union General Granger came to Galveston to inform the slaves that the war was over and that they were free.
Also known as Emancipation Day in some parts of the country, Juneteenth was proclaimed in Illinois in 2018 by then Governor Bruce Rauner to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the US. It has been celebrated for decades and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery. The holiday originated in Texas, where it is often celebrated with parades and parties, red foods like velvet cake, and some states honor this day as a paid holiday, the same way we celebrate Casimir Pulaski day in Illinois. The name of the holiday is a combination of the month of June and the Day 19th. It is also known as Junteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.