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Tips for Transitioning Back to In-Person LearningPosted by Ted Sumner on 1/20/2021
Tips for Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning
1) Build a Predictable Routine
• By getting back into a regular sleep schedule. Most of us have become relaxed in our bedtime routines. Parents can ease into this by moving bedtime up in 15-30 minute time frames until the kids are back to bed on time.
• Starting a new morning sequence. This can begin the night before by setting an alarm, picking out clothes for the next day, and making sure all school stuff is together and ready to grab and go.
2) Have Conversations About Possible Changes
• Like how to keep themselves healthy at school by wearing their masks, practicing good personal hygiene habits with hand washing and using hand sanitizer, and by practicing social distancing.
• Explain some of their friends might not be there during the A/B schedule, or their lunch routine may be different from what they are used to.
• Ask them if they have any questions about what returning to school will look like for them.
3) Be a Role Model
• Feelings of uncertainty or worry are completely normal during this pandemic. Our kids our very perceptive and pick up on our slightest cues such as facial expressions and tone of voice. Modeling a calm and confident manner and being upbeat when saying goodbye will give your student a positive attitude towards returning to school.
• Be kind to yourself! By taking care of your own mental health and well-being you are more able to take care of the mental health and well-being of your child.
• Hand washing, wearing masks, and social distancing are critical to keeping our students and staff safe and healthy so we can keep everyone in school. Let your kids see you practicing these behaviors and make them fun by picking up some fun patterned masks or singing songs while you wash your hands.
4) Focus on Things Going Well
• Seeing friends and teachers, using the backpack bought for this year, and getting back into routine are all things to focus on if your child is worried or uneasy about returning to school.
5) Stay Connected to Your School
• Use social media sites for your county and your school to be up to date on any changes.
• Talk to your students’ teacher. This will keep you informed to pass information along to your student, and will help keep your teacher in the know about anything going on with your child so they can be the best possible educator for your child.
• Utilize your school’s mental health team. The counselors, social workers, and school psychologists are excellent resources to provide help for any family and student who may need extra support during the transition back to school. We are here for you!
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12/18/2020Posted by Ted Sumner on 12/18/2020
This is the season of giving. In this animated story, a young bunny, Howard B. Wigglebottom, learns the difference between getting and giving. Please visit the We Do Listen website for activities to go along with this story.
10 Ways to Keep Your Kid Active IndoorsPosted by Ted Sumner on 12/8/2020
10 Ways to Keep Your Kid Active Indoors
(Making Slime is NOT on the List)
With the weather turning crummy and families at home more due to the pandemic, we know everyone is getting restless. Here is a list of activities kids can do with little to no mess/clean up.
- Have a Dance Party: We know this is the first one usually recommended, and there are good reasons why: Little to no equipment, no clean up, and this really gets kids moving. Let them teach you their favorite moves, see who can come up with the silliest dance, and throw in some of your favorite songs from when you were young.
- Play Twister: Right hand blue! Left foot green! This game gets the wiggles out in no time!
- Play Hide and Seek: See who can come up with the most creative place to hide, or who can find everyone the fastest.
- Build a Blanket Fort I don’t know about you all, but I would do this even if I didn’t have kids.
- Scavenger Hunts: These are a goodie because you can make so many variations. Have your kids find 10 objects that start with the same letter, or 5 objects that are the same color. If you’re felling extra creative you can even create clues for your kids (“Your favorite book”, or “The shirt you wanted to wear everyday last summer”).
- Simon Says: Take turns being Simon!
- Balloon Games: Don’t let the balloon touch the ground! The Penguin Waddle (put the balloon in between your knees and see how far you can waddle without dropping it), and Balloon Ping Pong are just a few suggestions. Sometimes the simplest thing can provide tons of entertainment.
- Alligator Alley: This is a variation of “the floor is lava” that will hopefully save your couch. Pretend the floor is alligator infested waters. Throw down pillows or stuffed animals as “boats” or “islands” and have them jump from object to object. Don’t fall in the water!
- Mirror Mirror: This game takes 2 people standing across from each other. One person is the leader. Whatever the leader does, the other has to follow (jumping jacks, silly faces, use your imagination!). Take turns being the leader!
- Reading Roundup: Pick a repetitive book, like The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, and choose a word used often in the book, such as “hat”. When you read the book, every time you read the word “hat” everyone has to do an activity (5 jumping jacks, running in place, hopping on one foot).
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GRATITUDEPosted by Ted Sumner on 11/17/2020
This week we are going to look at gratitude or ways of being grateful for what we have. It is easy to focus on what we cannot do because of the pandemic, but what about what we can do. Many have had plans cancelled or postponed including sports and Thanksgiving vacations. Let’s switch our focus to what or who we can appreciate. There are many things you can do to feel grateful or show gratitude towards others. You can go on a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt, help around the house, provide snacks for essential workers or even just say “Thank you” when you get take-out.
Watch the included YouTube video and think about how you will show gratitude.
- Find something you enjoy looking at.
- Find something that is useful for you.
- Find something that is your favorite color.
- Find something you know someone else will enjoy.
- Find something that makes you happy.
- Find something that tastes good.
- Find something that smells amazing.
- Discover something new.
- Find something that makes you feel safe.
- Find something that makes a beautiful sound.
- Find someone you are grateful for.
- Find something that is unique to you.
- Find something that makes you laugh.
- Find something in the night that you enjoy.
- Find something in the morning that you enjoy.
- Find a friend/pet that you love spending time with.
- Find your favorite place to spend alone time.
- Find something that reminds you of the people you love.
- Find something that you enjoy doing outside with friends.
- Find a place that you love.
Talk-O Tuesday Family Game NightPosted by Ted Sumner on 11/9/2020
Talk-O Tuesday Family Game Night
Welcome to Talk-O Tuesday!!!
November 10, 2020
Brought to you by
the New Martinsville School Counselors
Mr. West & Miss Clark
Let’s Learn about Board Games and Card Games!
This week we wanted to encourage you to try something different. It’s time to unplug and enjoy playing a fun game as a family! We have decided to talk about Board Games and Card Games. There are many benefits to sitting down and spending fun quality time as a family playing different types of games. We have listed some games for you to check out and have also provided you with some information on how board games and card games can be very beneficial for kids and adults of all ages.
It is very important to take a break from the following:
We hope that you will give one of these games a try and have lots of fun with your family!
Playing board games increases brain function.
Playing stimulates brain areas that are responsible for memory formation and complex thought processes for all ages. Engaging in play assists in practicing essential cognitive skills, such as decision making, higher level strategic thinking, and problem solving.
What are the benefits of playing board games?
Here's the top health benefits of board games:
Have fun and feel good. ...
Family time. ...
Memory formation and cognitive skills. ...
Reduces risks for mental diseases. ...
Lowers blood pressure. ...
Speed up your response. ...
Reduce stress. ...
Grows your immune system.
These are some of the most popular family board games.
Monopoly. Ages: 10 years + (Junior version from 3 years +) ...
Scrabble. Ages: 8 years + ...
Upwords. Ages: 8 years + ...
Scattergories. Ages: 8 years + ...
The Socially Speaking Game. Ages: 8 years + ...
Perfection. Ages: 5 – 10 years. ...
Catch Phrase. Ages: 12 years +
8 Ways Board Games Teach Life Skills
Logic & Strategy. Many games promote strategic and logical thinking. ...
Focus & Attention. Following directions, taking turns and planning strategies all require focus and attention. ...
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving. ...
Resource Management. ...
Creative Thinking. ...
Negotiation & Communication.
More Detailed Benefits of Playing Board Games
- Board games offer opportunities for early learning.
Even simple games help young players identify colors, count spaces, and develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity in moving cards and pieces around the board. Plus, learning to wait your turn and follow the rules are important lessons that serve kids far beyond the living room floor.
- They get older kids' brains buzzing, too.
Board games are an easy way to encourage healthy brain development in older kids and teens. “Strategy games are useful in helping the frontal lobes of the brain develop”.
- They boost their language skills.
Board games can be a sneaky way of helping school-aged kids work on skills they’re struggling with.
- They sharpen your child's focus.
Board games, when played without interruptions, can help lengthen a child's attention span.
- They teach the value of teamwork.
Board games often offer kids meta-messages about life: Your luck can change in an instant, for better or for worse. But in addition to teaching them that nothing is guaranteed, board games are a good way to encourage kids of different ages to team up and work together — something they'll need to do throughout life. Form teams of older kids working with their younger siblings.
- Board games are an alternative to time out.
The next time you find yourself going through a rough patch with one of your kids, consider playing a board game together instead of sending them to their room.
- Board games soothe anxiety.
They may help anxious kids learn how to navigate friendships more easily. Because they're structured, board games can provide an easier way to build interpersonal relationships with peers, since the child knows what's expected of them.
- They show kids how to be a good loser.
If you're playing with a child who has low frustration tolerance, and losing is difficult for them, allowing them to break the rules at first can make the game more tolerable and fun.
- Board games are a great way to unplug!
The lack of technology required to play board games makes them special. They are a simple way to get quality, screen-free time with the kids — and you might be surprised by how much they love playing.
- It is always FUN to learn something new!
Great games to play as a family for a variety of different age levels.
Sequence for Kids
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Charades for Kids
Tic Tac Toe
Chutes and Ladders
Pop the Pig
Pete the Cat “The Missing Cupcakes Game”
Family Feud Kids vs Parents
Count Your Chickens
Baa Baa Bubbles
UNO is a Great Card Game to Play
UNO-The Card Game
UNO is a card game suitable for the whole family. You may already have this one in your collection, but if you don’t, it’s a great one to have and can be played almost anywhere!
Objective of the game – To be first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand.
Number of players – Two or more.
How to play
Shuffle the cards and deal seven cards, face down, to each player. The rest of the deck (the draw pile) is placed face down in the center of the table.
Turn over the first card in the Draw pile face up to create a Discard pile.
The first player (normally the person to the dealer’s left) looks at his/her cards and tries to match the card on the top of the Discard pile by color, number or symbol. If there are no matches, the player must draw a card from the Draw pile. If the drawn card can be discarded, they draw again until they cannot discard a card. Then play passes to the next player.
There are several Action cards that can change the course of the game.
‘Reverse’ – changes direction of the order of play.
‘Skip’ – the next player must skip their turn.
‘Draw Two’ – the next player will have to pick up two cards.
‘Wild’ – This card denotes all four colors and can be placed on any card. The player can choose a new color for the next person’s turn.
Wild Draw Four’ – This card is just like the wild card except that the next player also has to draw four cards.
As soon as a player has just one card left, they must yell “UNO”. If they do not, and are caught by another player, the player must draw two new cards. The first player with no cards remaining is the winner!
Educational Benefits of UNO
Fine motor skills – holding and playing the cards can be a challenge for small hands. As your child finds the best way to do this, they will develop their fine motor skills and learn to manipulate the cards with control.
Numbers and colors – your child will get plenty of practice identifying colors and number recognition
Matching – The game teaches your child how to match numbers and colors (visual discrimination).
Counting – The counting of cards throughout and at the end of the game provides a fun opportunity to count with your child.
Social interaction – Playing cards is valuable interaction with your child as this may be one of the few times, they can view themselves as a peer rather than a small person! Your child will also learn to take turns and engage in friendly competition.
Strategy – As your child gets confident with the game of UNO, you will notice them engage their intellect as they not only start thinking about the best way to win, but the best cards to
play to prevent others from winning.
Get a Deck of Cards and Learn and New Game!
Solitaire (A Card Game to Play by Yourself)
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There is a self-referral form which is located on the Wetzel County Schools website. Please fill one out if your child needs any help during this difficult time.
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