Send a High Five!

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Here is a super fun idea for sending someone a high five in the mail from The Homesteady. Her version involves a painted hand print but you could also have your child trace their hand on paper and color it. You can order stamps and other supplies online at the US Postal Service website. If your child would like to mail a high five to someone in our class and you don’t have their address, just email me and I can forward them your email so they can share their address if they wish.

Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism

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Those of us lucky enough to have kids in our lives have a constant source of inspiration. Kids are naturally curious, question asking, loving, open-hearted, emotional, and deeply concerned with what is fair and what is just.

It can be really hard to look these lovely tiny humans in the eyes and talk to them about race and racism. We don’t want them to know how the world may treat them if they have black or brown skin. If they are white, we don’t want them to know the atrocities that are part of the legacy of white supremacy. We don’t want them to know about our own issues, bias, and limitations.

I cannot overemphasize how important to do your own work and grow as an individual if you are a parent or teacher guiding children in how to be a human and how to be anti racist. So if you are reading, listening, feeling your feelings, donating, following/joining organizations, writing, protesting, or thinking, you are doing the work! Each person’s work will look different. Do what feels right and keep trying!

Here is a video for parents about talking about racism with their kids. This also is helpful for my fellow teachers to watch. To follow up, I would recommend following The Conscious Kid, Ibram Kendi, and Diverse Reads. I would also recommend reading the chapter on how racism in NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. The rest of the book is also fascinating!

I would also recommend watching this video from The Tutu Teacher that she made for her kinders defining racism, how kids can help, and reading a kid friendly story, Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester.  Watch it with your child and see what they think!

Wishing you well as always!

The Ickabod

JK Rowling is releasing a serial story for kids to help entertain them during quarantine. So fun! You can visit the website daily to read the new chapter.
I would recommend parent read the first chapter to gauge if their child might enjoy the book.

Just in Case You Were Wondering…

…Who is the best teacher ever? Apparently it is me!

Thank you Leslie and Carmelina (and Tony and Dominick too) for making me feel special. Thank you to each family for your support, volunteering, donating supplies, kind notes and emails, and gifts. Thank you kids for your open hearts, hugs, smiles, notes, pictures, hard work, and enthusiasm. I am very lucky and very grateful!


Summer Fun

  • We will have a couple Zoom get togethers over the summer for a fun and safe way for your child to see friends in our class. I will email details closer to time.
  • Let’s be pen pals! Have your child write/draw a note or story. Text or email a photo of it and I will write back!
  • Check the blog for fun ideas throughout the summer.
  • Feel free to let me know if your child would like a Zoom, FaceTime, or phone call. I am happy to chat with them!
  • Tutoring: I will email the options in the next couple of weeks. I have a plan but want to get all the information from our district meetings next week before I share in case I need to make changes.

Class Awards!

We celebrated each child on Zoom with a class award! Each kid brings so many amazing qualities to our school family and it was fun to take a few minutes to acknowledge each child. Here are the awards so you can print/save your child’s as well as scroll through to see all the awesome learners we have in our class.