Hi, Redbud families!

For today’s teacher message, Sock the hand puppet and I talk about some of the feelings that we’ve been feeling while being at home together, big and little and in between. We talk about how we’re happy to be spending more time with each other, how we’re a little sad to be away from our friends, and how we’re excited to be able to play in our backyard and go for walks around our neighborhood. Then we read Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days, a book that compares colors to different moods that children can have at different times. The core message of the story is that, no matter what feeling you’re feeling, feelings are temporary and they pass. In the end, you will still be you, no matter what!
Today’s suggested activity: For small children and adults alike, some emotions can feel overwhelming, and may present themselves through a wide range of behaviors. A person’s temperament, or how they generally process and exhibit emotions, can also be a determining factor in the resulting behaviors that emerge. Right now, since both children and adults are feeling stressors that come from the same source–the ways in which we’ve had to adjust our lives to keep ourselves and each other safe from covid-19–it may be helpful to also explore ways that temperament can be contributing to emotional behavior. This short and simple resource offers ways to support children of varying temperaments, and can be translated to good advice for adults as well.
Lastly, a reminder and some news: if you haven’t already, don’t forget to make a Spring Jubilee flower with your child and send it to CCS so that the administrative team can put it up in the common room! It will be lovely to have everyone’s artwork ready to greet us when we’re able to return to school. If you would like to mail your flower in, the school’s address is in the signature at the bottom of this email. And, speaking of the email signature: there is now a link in the Redbud teachers email signature to all of the teacher message videos that we have created for our online programming.
Take care, everyone!