Monica Wiedel-LubinskiExecutive DirectorEastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS)ERAFANS.org | it's our nature
In this changing landscape, our nonprofit, the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, is offering free webinars about nature-based learning for teachers and parents. Here is the next one:
Forest and Nature Preschool Director's Call: Changing with the Season
Fri., 3/27/2020 at 8PM (EST) or Wed., 4/1/2020 at 4PM (EST)*
As an adminstrator, how are you adapting your program to provide support to families and your staff as a whole? How have you allocated staff time and resources to deliver meaningful care and learning from a distance? How will tuition payments and missed time off play out for your program? We will lean on each other during a networking call to share challenges and practical solutions that can help us all. Encouragement and support is a-given! This is a networking call, not a presentation, so plan to interact and share. We will cap the discussion at 30 participants.*In Spring,
HBR: People are feeling any number of things right now. Is it right to call some of what they're feeling grief?
Kessler: Yes, and we're feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn't feel that way, and we realize things will be different. Just as going to the airport is forever different from how it was before 9/11, things will change and this is the point at which they changed. The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we're grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.Read the entire article here: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief
Please share this free on-demand video with #childcare program administrators and owners who are struggling to keep their businesses viable to rebound after this pandemic. Heidi Hagel Braid from First Children's Finance offers incredibly detailed and specific advice, as well as inspiration. Joanne Hurt from Wonders Learning provides insights from the perspective of an Executive Director and child care advocate who is living through the hardship with creativity and determination.
One of our PEACE Educators Interest Forum members has been active with some of her friends and is sharing the following resources with all of you. The values represented in the books are a wonderful fit for the PEACE Educators Interest Forum and probably for members of other interest forums.
Announcing! "Sparklers" Book Lists for Trying Times and Earth Day
The book lists following have been created by a group of teachers and others who are passionate about discovering wonderful children's literature and making it readily available. The Sparklers Working Group of FGC (Friends General Conference) is a group of Quakers, all who love quality children's books that help promote peace, respect, simplicity, community, stewardship, and equality. The book lists, including links to YouTube videos of each story, are available on the QREC (Quakers for Religious Education Collaborative) website. The links here will give you access.
Two book lists have been created to support families and children especially during this time:
Both lists can also be accessed through the QREC Valiant Together Facebook page: http://www.quakers4re.org/valiant-together2020
Hello Teachers! For those of you needing online content to share with parents and students, Nashville Public Library's Youtube page has some wonderful content we are creating! I work with Brings Books to Life! The outreach program at NPL, and every Wednesday at 10:30 you can tune in to my stories from strange and wonderful places that teaches early literacy concepts, all with cool green screen technology. Also, for those missing out on circle time, every Tuesday at 10:00am BBTL does an online storytime with songs and the word of the day. Just search Nashville Public Library Storytime.Take Care Everyone! Susan
History books are a gift to help us never forget. They are like breathing in at the focus time and then breathing out years later. By recording history we capture a point in time for future reflections.
But writing a history book that accurately reflects the facts is challenging. A well-written, vetted history book takes planning and many revisions to get just right. It's a big, daunting project.
Thankfully there's another type of book that can help us capture historical events that is easier, even fun to produce-a scrapbook!
A scrapbook is like a museum on pages. It's a way to capture an important historic period of our lives through organizing and sharing artifacts of that time and of the people who experienced it. Using two dimensional objects, scrapbooks contain memory-triggers for initiating future reflection. They invite a very special kind of reading, rich with deep conversation, inquiries, and storytelling.
And they're fun to create! Scrapbooking can be a magnificent project for individuals or whole families to do together. Even small children can participate in scrapbooking. The result becomes a treasure when kids are old enough to sit down, maybe with their own children, to discuss their family's history.
During this time when we're mostly staying at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, many of us find ourselves with space in our days for activities such as scrapbooking. So why not capture this historic period in a creative way?
Invite everyone in the home can help make a gift to our future selves and friends. We also can collaborate with fellow quarantiners and others online to create a digital scrapbook.
Take and/or collect photos and items (like a cardboard toilet paper core) and anything else that could trigger vivid memories that help shape answers to questions like:
What did we do when we were locked inside without friends to play with?
How did we "go" to school?
What made these the "good old days?"
What made this time feel scary?
Rest assured that someday we'll all sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the sofa, delivering belly laughs with pats on the knee, kisses and hugs as we get out that pandemic scrapbook and vividly remember our personal history and sweet/sad memories of this unique time.
As schools across the U.S. started to close down in the wake of COVID-19, children were told that they wouldn't be going back for the foreseeable future.
While some kid might enjoy starting their summer vacation early, others miss seeing teachers and friends.
Medical students Devon Scott and Samantha Harris saw an opportunity to help.
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"Kids are very curious and may be asking why they aren't at school, or why they can't hang out with their friends, or why people wear masks at grocery stores," said Scott, a medical student from Loma Linda University in California who is currently completing a research fellowship year in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. "We wanted to add a resource to bridge the conversation gap between parents and children in an easy-to-understand way."Read the entire article by the University of Pittsburgh here: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/children-s-book-helps-explain-covid-19