Transitions are difficult for everyone, and they can be especially hard for young children. Big changes like moving, beginning a new school year, or shifting between in-person and remote learning are sure to have an impact. Even seemingly small adjustments that impact a child’s day-to-day life can be tricky to navigate.
If you can prepare your child in advance of a transition, the extra time to process it can help immensely. And even through unexpected changes, there are ways you can help your child work through their emotions and navigate a transition more smoothly.
Here are three steps to help children process a change:
Discuss what to expect
It’s important to talk through how this change will impact your child’s life. Some topics to cover may include:
Why this change is happening
What the benefits are
What the potential challenges are
How this may affect their daily routine
And be sure to give your child the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Clearing up any uncertainties will help your child feel more comfortable with the transition.
Make a list of your child’s needs
Explore any aspects of the change that your child may be nervous about. Then, work together to come up with solutions that will help them navigate the transition.
Your list will likely include physical needs as well as emotional ones—for example, if your child is preparing for a new school year, they may need a new backpack and school supplies, as well as an extra chance to reconnect with their friends beforehand.
The opportunity to build the list together will help your child feel supported, and will demonstrate how to work through problems and create solutions.
Help your child check in on their emotions
Change often brings up a range of emotions that can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially for children. To help your child manage their emotions, the first step is to help them become more aware of how they’re feeling.
Navigating transitions gets easier with practice, and following these steps can help your child strengthen their ability to adapt to change. For more tips and resources, check out Education.com’s worksheets and activities focused on social-emotional learning.
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St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This March 17th, why not incorporate the luck of the Irish into your classroom? If you’re looking for festive math, science, history, art, or English lessons, consider some of these St. Patrick’s Day activities, games, crafts, and lessons for your students.
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1. Make a leprechaun corner bookmark.
While there’s something to be said for well-worn spines and dog-eared corners, teach your students to care for their books by using a bookmark to save their place. This little leprechaun is the perfect reading companion and is quite simple to make thanks to this awesome video tutorial. Read stories about leprechauns or play traditional Irish music while your students complete this craft.
This activity may require you to do some prep work, including asking parents to send in empty paper towel rolls and volunteer a few other supplies (foam rolls, rice, and jingle bells), but the end result is worth it! It’s a rainbow shaker you can use to play music and it’s a great take-home project for the kids.
Get your students up and about, hunting for gold as they try to find the items on this free printable scavenger hunt. You can time the hunt, create groups, or even conduct the activity outdoors. To extend the fun, you might have your students decorate old tissue boxes as treasure chests in which they can store their findings.
St. Patrick’s Day is so much more than rainbows and shamrocks (although we do love those, too). Read a book on Irish history or watch these videos to introduce students to Irish facts. Then distribute acrostic poem templates with words like “leprechaun,” “shamrock,” and “St. Patrick” for your students to complete. They can share with the class when they are done.
5. Conduct a hands-on experiment with green slime.
A complex chemistry lesson disguised as an ooey, gooey free-for-all? Count us in! Choose from one of four slime recipes, all made from ingredients that can easily be found at your grocery store (although you may need to look elsewhere for St. Patty’s Day–appropriate glitter, sequins, and other holiday additions). Teach your students about the states of matter as they work or ask them to record their impressions and observations of this festive lab experiment.
6. Study the movement of water molecules with the rainbow ring experiment.
Demonstrate the movement of water molecules (and create a rainbow) through this clean yet colorful experiment. Ask your students to come up with a hypothesis and record the experimentation process in a notebook or on one of this site’s free, printable worksheets. One of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities!
7. Make rainbows in your classroom—no rain required.
Image: Quarks & Coffee
Begin the lesson by explaining to your students how rainbows form. One option is to read aloud The Rainbow and You. Then, with a prism (or even a glass of water), sunlight, and the right angle, you can create rainbows on the floor, walls, and ceiling of your classroom. Adjust the amount of light and angles to vary the width and size of the rainbows. Have your students record their observations or draw pictures of the rainbows they’ve created.
8. Count your coins with a penny float experiment.
You don’t need gold coins to bring a little magic into science class—ordinary pennies will do! Using small plastic pots from your favorite craft store (plastic cups or aluminum foil will also do the trick), a container of water, and a couple of dollars in pennies, your students can learn about mass, volume, weight, and other measurements while feeling like leprechauns.
Inspire your students to think creatively and write a story about what they would do if they found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Encourage them to think about the characters, conflict, and resolution in their tales. Either paste the story on cauldron cut-outs or use Word to create a simple lined page with a festive border. See a thorough lesson plan here.
10. Think critically about how to catch a leprechaun.
Critical thinking? Check. Creativity? Check. Glitter? Check. Ask your students to devise a clever plan to catch a leprechaun by practicing sequence writing and the imperative voice. What materials do they need? What would their trap look like? Have them present their ideas to the class and follow up with a class discussion about the best leprechaun-trapping tactics. Take this one step further by splitting your class into groups of three or four students and have them build the traps they imagined.
11. Shade shamrocks to practice synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
In English class the answers are rarely black-and-white, so why not make them green (and red and orange)? Teach your students about synonyms, antonyms, and homophones with this shading shamrock worksheet. Alternatively, prepare shamrock cutouts and have your students write words on one side of the shamrock with the accompanying synonym, antonym, or homophone on the other.
12. Go green by turning old milk jugs into planters.
You don’t need to sport a top hat and coat to go green this St. Patrick’s Day. Teach your students the importance of conservation and recycling by having them plant herbs or flowers in old plastic milk jugs. If possible, do this project outside to celebrate the warmer weather and ask your students what plants need to grow and remain healthy. Encourage them to make a list of small actions they can do every day to protect the planet.
You don’t have to stray too far from your usual curriculum in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. These upper-elementary math worksheets cover third- through fifth-grade-level core math concepts, such as multiplication and division, fractions, and whole number operations—all while centered on the theme of St. Patrick’s Day.
With this easy-to-prep activity, your students can practice counting and graphing while enjoying a sweet treat. For a class of 15–20 students, two boxes of Lucky Charms cereal will suffice. Then you just need a measuring cup, crayons, and a simple graph drawn on paper. Have your students count and record the number of marshmallows they find. Then have them share the results with the class. You can also easily turn this activity into a lesson on fractions or probability.
What better excuse to get outside on an almost-spring day than going on a four-leaf-clover hunt? If you’ve got a grassy area by your school’s playground, take your students outside to first assemble this tiny book of clover facts before searching for a four-leaf-clover of their own.
Show your students a video clip or two of professional Irish step dancers before breaking down the steps with an easy-to-follow tutorial. This is a great activity for gym class or any time you notice your students getting a bit restless. The steps may be complicated, but your students will enjoy being on their feet and listening to traditional Irish music.
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Published: 6:52 PM EDT October 20, 2020Updated: 6:52 PM EDT October 20, 2020
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Not only have families and teachers had to adjust to COVID-19 this school year, so have Parent-Teacher Associations. Many said the pandemic is making it harder to raise money.
Right now, PTAs cannot do those events and fundraisers they normally would do every fall. One big challenge for PTAs is fundraising.
Erin Larson is the PTA President at Norge Elementary School in Williamsburg-James City County. “We’re really trying hard to figure out what we’re going to do for our fundraising efforts,” Larson said. “We’re just hoping to make it by this year.”
Larson reached out to community members through social media, asking for face mask donations. She said Norge has a fundraising opportunity coming up where they would normally give baked goods in exchange for donations, but that’s not an option because of COVID-19.
“I’m struggling with asking people for money now, a lot of people are hurting,” Larson said. “I don’t want to say it feels in poor taste to ask for donations from our families because they’ve always been supportive, but we need them to know we understand where they are.”
Rayna Labine, the PTA president for Magruder Elementary School in York County, said this year is a lot different because there are no volunteers allowed in the school, so they’re trying to go virtual with fundraising.
She said their fundraising this year has been Spirit Nights with local businesses. They are planning to work with Apex fundraising in February/March but waiting to see if restrictions will lighten but expecting it to be a virtual event of some sort.
“Bringing local businesses into the fold is also something we are open to do and have a fundraising platform called Memberhub, in which PTA members get discounts on items through the web,” Labine said. “This has been a work in progress as we hope to build the community ties with the elementary school to help one another.”
Labine went on to say, “In April, we did apply for a Tik ToK grant and we were granted $5,000 to help Magruder. We allocated $4,600 to purchase iPads, iPad cases and two-year protection, 2,000 disposable masks, and then $400 to the social services of the school to help with internet and electricity help while the families were getting online. Grants are another way to help PTA’s with funds to help the families and students.
“We continually have meetings once or twice a month to come up with more creative ideas to help students and families come together.”
Ashley Smith, the president of Yorktown Elementary Magnet School PTA, said they’re trying to get creative to recoup lost fundraising opportunities, but the biggest difference this year is communication. Right now, they’re doing Falcon Birthday visits, visiting students at pre-arranged times.
“As an organization, it breaks our hearts not being able to reach all of our families,” Smith said. “Normally we’d be knocking on restaurant doors, doing spirit nights, walk-a-thons, and other things and we’re not even allowed near a building.”
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Our students can be the absolute sweetest, but they can also be unintentionally hilarious when trying to deliver a compliment. We asked teachers to share the funny compliments they’ve received from kids, and here’s what they had to say.
You’re so soft
While being hugged around the middle by a first grader, she sweetly said “you are soft like my mom.” —Brandi M.
What’s that smell?
My classroom sink has a bit of a funky smell. When two former students came by, one said to the other, “Whoa, I remember this smell! It smells like…(long, thoughtful pause)…learning!” Now I love my funky smelling sink. —Latane D.
Me: *decides to let my natural waves show in my hair*
9th grader: *comes up to my desk with a conspiratorial look* “It’s okay, miss. I didn’t brush my hair today, either.” —Amara G.
Maybe it’s my center part?
One very sweet student once said to me, “You look young for an old person.” —Hayley J.
“Thanks for not being annoying”
Because it was from a 14-year-old boy, it’s also my highest praise. —Carol H.
Say what now?
On a field trip, I took a child to a public bathroom. I used the bathroom while he used the stall next to mine. He told me I had beautiful-sounding pee. —Amy H.
“I like your face”
A kindergartener once walked by me and said, “I like your face.” I taught fourth grade on the other side of the building. —Kelly G.
I guess kids don’t get fashion
I wore a long, belted sweater, and at the end of the day a little boy said, “Bye, I really liked your bathrobe today.” —Sherry A.
Would take as a genuine compliment
“You’re a dictionary with hair.” —Kath G.
Points for knowing the animal kingdom
“You’re pretty nice for a middle-aged mammal.” —Elizabeth N.
You’re the GOOD kind of crazy
Another teacher overheard some kids telling a new student about me. “You have Miss S.? She’s crazy, but you know, the GOOD kind of crazy.” Someday I want that stitched on a pillow. —Hillary S.
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