Thursday, May 28, 2020

Doing our Best Together

Have any of you seen this quote floating around on social media?




We don't know what September will hold for us but when we meet again all the teachers at Mitchell will be ready to support your child right where they are.  Mitchell teachers are super heroes and together we will work to get your child back on track.  In the meantime we have been fortunate to have educational platforms like Seesaw to continue our learning.  We are teachers, we know the value of education but if you talk to most teachers, this is not the thing that keeps us up at night.  We worry if our students and families are feeling emotionally supported.  We worry about how they are dealing with isolation, we worry about the health of our students, and we worry if they are having to deal with illness or possible loss of loved ones.  So share your calm with your children, enjoy their laughter.

I've learned that as my anxiety grows I can quiet it by thinking of the things that bring me joy.  Things like laughing children, birds singing, and the sun rising.  This time apart has been stressful but you are doing a great job.  Keep up the good work and remember to forgive yourselves, we are all learning together.  

Monday, May 4, 2020

Non-Screen Activities

Today like never before, we are plugged into technology.  Many are working from home, children are learning virtually, and many of us are trying to stay informed and that involves watching the news, sometimes many times a day.  However, when you make time for activities that don't involve tech, it can be very beneficial for your health and happiness.  It may feel strange turning off your screens and instead read a book, play a board game, or take a walk, but these activities can actually make you feel more content and happy.  

There are many benefits to participating in non-tech activities.  First, simply turning off your devices can lower your stress level.  And right now everyone's stress level is high.  Turning off technology can also help you bond with your family.  I know, how much more bonding can we do?  But are we always tuned in and listening when watching TV or taking calls?  You might consider writing in non-screen time into your daily schedule just to remind yourself to do it.  Below are some non-screen activities you might want to try.  Even if you have already completed an activity, if it was fun for your family, please enjoy the activity again.  

As always, if you ever have any questions or anything I might be able to help with, I am available at nelsonc@aaps.k12.mi.us



Monday, April 27, 2020

Week of April 27th 2020

I hope you have been able to set up good learning spaces, do your self-checks, and set up a schedule that is useful for your family.  Today I am going to discuss accommodations.  Your child's teacher does a great job of providing accommodations for all students when teaching at school.  In school the teacher can notice when children need directions repeated, if they need to move or stand as they complete their work, or even if they need help recording their answers with a partner or an adult.  As your child works from home there are accommodations you can provide to be sure they are able to do their best work.

First it is important to know what an accommodation is.  Accommodations are changes that remove barriers to learning.  Accommodations change how kids learn, not what they learn.  In the short video clip below I am going to talk about different accommodations that may be helpful at home.  I hope this information will be useful as we have another great week of learning.

Schools of Choice Window – Opens April 28, 2020 
Families who are looking for an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme schooling experience at Mitchell should apply through the schools of choice window. The window will remain open from April 28 through May 27, 2020. You can find more information at THIS LINK








Monday, April 20, 2020

Week of April 20th 2020


Hello Friends and Families!  I hope you are well and have established a routine for this new learning we are all involved in.  I wanted to discuss schedules with you today.  Teachers have schedules that they follow daily.  It may be a useful tool in your home also.  Kids do better when they know what to expect.  There is a sense of accomplishment when you look at a list of activities that you have completed.  Below I have a short video and some examples of visual schedules that you might use at home.  Home is different than school so including getting dressed, brushing teeth, and a dance party might be important parts of your day at home.  Schedules can just be for part of the day, for example, if morning time is a more structured time of day you can just make a morning schedule or if the afternoon is more structured you may want to start with just an afternoon schedule.  Ask your child about the schedule at school and get their input on making a schedule at home.  Most importantly do what makes sense for your family.




     

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Week of April 13th 2020

Hello Friends! As we continue to learn virtually and learn new content I want to share some resources that may be helpful.  While we are excited about this new learning we need to remember that learning can get frustrating or hard and it could be especially hard at home because it is different.  Remember we always need to be ready for learning and doing a self check is helpful.  Are you in the green zone and ready to learn?  What do you do when you are in the yellow zone or red zone?  Remember taking a breath can help when you are in the yellow zone.  Taking a break when you are in the red zone and getting an adult to help is also helpful.  Try to use the same strategies you use at school at home.

Also doing Lexia is an important part of our learning.  But again we need to make the most of this time and make our time on Lexia productive.  A video is below reminding you about how to use Lexia and establishing a good learning routine for using Lexia at home.  I hope the videos are helpful and you have a great week of learning.

As always I am available to answer questions or help where your family may need it.  Please contact me at nelsonc@aaps.k12.mi.us




















Thursday, April 9, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Using cards to play math games is a great way to improve math skills.  A simple deck of cards can yield countless math games for kids at varying levels.  Card games offer the flexibility to make the play easier, harder, or more complex – you get to decide.  A deck of cards can bring math learning into your home, enjoy a card game today with your family.  Below is a video with variations of the game War.  There are also links to other math card games that your family may enjoy.




Math Card Games

More Math Card Games

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


I hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday.  I wanted to share another favorite story, it’s called There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer.  This is such a wonderful story and Mercer Mayer draws the best monsters!  I think you will be able to identify with the boy in the story and maybe you may have stories of your own to share about what you might be afraid of in your room when the lights go out.


So I wonder what the nightmare was going to do in the boys room.  Do you think the boy is going to be afraid of the other nightmares anymore? This story reminds me that nightmares can be scary but sometimes we can be scared of things that aren't real.  If you are feeling scared or have nightmares talking with your family can help.  Make sure to talk with them and share feelings that might be making you feel afraid.  Our families can help when we are scared.