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Summer Activities

As this school year comes to a close, you may be already making plans for the summer. Instead of heading to the beach or on a cruise, many of us will be staying closer to home. To combat the dreadful but inevitable “I’m boreds,” check out this list of 100 activities kids can do at home.

 

https://happyhooligans.ca/fun-things-kids-do-at-home-this-summer/

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Need Some Personal Space?

We have done Personal Space Camp lessons with all grades but being home for the past several weeks, we may have forgotten why/how we practice personal space. Check out the song below for some personal space reminders.

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Rainy Day Fun!

Rainy afternoons can be boring afternoons. We can watch more TV, we can play more video games, but it gets kind of boring! What else can we do? Reading for fun is always a good go to- comic books, historical books, funny books- whatever you like. You can ask your parents if they can help you access the Cobb County Public Library digitally! You just need your student ID and birth date. https://www.cobbcat.org/librarypass/

Another fun activity is REBUS Puzzles! They are essentially little pictures, often made with letters and words, which cryptically represent a word, phrase, or saying. Enjoy!

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Got a case of “baditude?”

Julia Cook is a former school counselor and writes children’s books addressing social emotional issues. She is now reading her books aloud live every Friday on her Facebook page. Her read alouds are also available on her Youtube channel.

If your kiddo is struggling with a bad attitude (or “baditude”) check out her book below!

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Free Book Download

Written by two medical professions, “Why We Stay Home: Suzie Learns About Coronavirus” is available to download for free!

 

https://www.millieandsuzie.com/

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Helping Kids Understand Hygiene

Need help explaining the importance of hygiene to your children? Check out the links below for fun resources to help younger kids understand the importance of hand washing and facilitate older kids’ personal hygiene habits.

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Free Parenting Courses

Interested in learning new strategies and tips for handling your children’s behaviors? Many companies are offering free parenting courses accessible online during the pandemic. This is a great value as these programs can be very helpful, yet often costly.

Check out the ones below”

Love and Logic

According to their website:

“The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children forms the foundation of good behavior and healthy decision-making.”

 

Up to Parents

According to their website:

“In the simplest terms, we show separated and divorced parents how to build their better futures by focusing on meeting their children’s needs.”

https://www.uptoparents.org/Default.aspx

 

Peace at Home

According to their website:

“Our mission is to connect parents with inspiring experts and each other so they easily gain the skills and support they need to build positive, peaceful and playful families.”

https://www.peaceathomeparenting.com/register-free-online-parenting-class/

https://www.uptoparents.org/Default.aspx

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Tips for 6th Grade Success

 

Worried about adjusting to the pace and academic expectations of middle school? The article below is written by a middle school teacher and outlines her 5 tips for preparing 5th graders to become successful 6th graders.

 

https://minds-in-bloom.com/5-ways-to-prepare-students-for-middle/

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Parents Need Self-Care Too

It is hard for parents to find time for self-care when they are working from home, helping teach, cooking, cleaning, parenting…we have to catch our moments when we can! We can’t pour from an empty cup.

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