Hello Cottonwood Creek Parents & Families!
In an effort to stay connected, this Parent Resource Page will be a great spot to collaborate, facilitate, and engage by sharing information and ideas as well as offer tips and providing articles for support through balancing work life, home life, and now....teaching life.
Navigating through the Parent Resource Page Categories:
(suggested readings for parents for support and online/read alouds for students)
(resource of articles to help families through the transition of distance learning/covid-19)
Mat-Su Valley Community
(family friendly activities, crafts, snack ideas, virtual events, free meal distribution locations)
by Mercer Mayer Year Published: 1987
Mercer Mayer's Little Critter has made quite the mess in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he's shoving junk under the bed, cramming toys in the closet, or overstuffing drawers with clothes, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story.
Click the link for the online read aloud: https://youtu.be/Jfsmu-8WIZI
by Janan Cain Year Published: 2000
Illustrations and rhyming text portray children experiencing a range of emotions, including frustration, shyness, jealousy, and pride.
Click the link for the online read aloud: https://youtu.be/ITPUxVQ6UIk
by Julia Cook Year Published: 2005
My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to help them manage their rambunctious thoughts and words. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
Click the link for the online read aloud: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35mqyc
What is a PTO??
It is a Parent-Teacher Organization, and its purpose is to encourage parents to assist with various school activities/functions/services, provide financial assistance where needs are identified within the school, foster a community atmosphere, and support the mission and vision of the school and school district.
Follow our very own Cottonwood Creek Elementary's PTO page for more information or how you can be involved and receive all the great information our PTO has, especially for the end of the year activities!
Moon Sand-Anyone at home with kids this is 8 cups of flour and 1 cup baby oil.(Kitchen Fun w/3 Sons)
Mat-Su Valley Community
Thank you Boys & Girls Club of Alaska for all the virtual family fun & friendly activities you hosted!
For more information on the Boys of Girls Club of Mat-Su, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Mat-Su-Boys-Girls-Club-167421776623099/
or website at: https://bgcalaska.org/
STAY CALM, LISTEN, AND OFFER REASSURANCE
- Be a role model. Children will react to and follow your reactions. They learn from your example.
- Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19. Your discussion about COVID-19 can increase or decrease your child's fear. If true, remind your child that your family is healthy, and you are going to do everything within your power to keep loved ones safe and well. Carefully listen or have them draw or write out their thoughts and feelings and respond with truth and reassurance.
- Explain social distancing. Children probably don’t fully understand why parents/guardians aren’t allowing them to be with friends. Tell your child that your family is following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which include social distancing. Social distancing means staying away from others until the risk of contracting COVID-19 is under control. Showing older children the "flatten the curve" charts will help them grasp the significance of social distancing. Explain that while we don't know how long it will take to "flatten the curve" to reduce the number of those infected, we do know that this is a critical time—we must follow the guidelines of health experts to do our part.
- Demonstrate deep breathing. Deep breathing is a valuable tool for calming the nervous system. Do breathing exercises with your children.
- Focus on the positive. Celebrate having more time to spend as a family. Make it as fun as possible. Do family projects. Organize belongings, create masterpieces. Sing, laugh, and go outside, if possible, to connect with nature and get needed exercise. Allow older children to connect with their friends virtually.
- Establish and maintain a daily routine. Keeping a regular schedule provides a sense of control, predictability, calm, and well-being. It also helps children and other family members respect others’ need for quiet or uninterrupted time and when they can connect with friends virtually.
- Identify projects that might help others. This could include: writing letters to the neighbors or others who might be stuck at home alone or to healthcare workers; sending positive messages over social media; or reading a favorite children’s book on a social media platform for younger children to hear.
- Offer lots of love and affection.
Adapted from, Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses, NASP, 2020.