Clapping, cheering, excitement, and a side of heartache fill the halls! Every classroom K-7 line the hallways as our amazing 8th graders march around the school receiving a standing ovation for their achievements for the past nine years, recognition of graduating onto high school, and a bit of sadness as we say goodbye to a part of our Bulldog family.
Being a K-8 school is extra special, we are like a family. Our school looks to the older kiddos to help with the younger ones. They are awesome “reading buddies” to our kindergartners and 1st graders, our older kiddos help with “housekeeping”, they collect the recycling from classrooms, our 7th & 8th grade boys help with any heavy lifting/setting up and tearing down for assemblies, etc. And to show our appreciation, privilege for watching them grow over the past 9 years, (9 years is a long time…no one does anything for nine years anymore) and to wish them the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives we cheer on our 8th graders as they walk the halls one last time. Why is this significant? My 14 year old has been cheering on each graduating class for the past 8 years, looking up to them with admiration, knowing that one day that’s going to be her. Well, that is until something called Coronavirus entered our vocabulary!
With the onset of Coronavirus everyone’s lives have been turned upside down. Suddenly we’re dealing with very real and scary issues and concerns such as, joblessness, applying for unemployment, worrying about feeding our families, and the extremely severe realization that one of our loved ones could be struck by this invisible terror called Covid-19 at any moment. We adults are carrying heavy burdens and concerns and it can be easy to dismiss something as seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of things as a graduation march around the school, graduation pool party, school carnival, etc. It is SO important that we validate our children’s feelings, that we don’t dismiss them as inconsequential, because, just as our lives have been gravely interrupted and halted so have theirs. Now more than ever we need to show empathy for not only our community, friends, and neighbors, but most importantly towards our children.
In an effort to help children express their feelings and emotions and allow for us adults to understand where their concerns, heartache, hopes, etc. currently lye and show empathy (cause let’s be honest these are uncharted waters for all of us) journaling has really helped.
Have kiddo(s) journal for roughly a ½ hour to an hour a daily. More or less depending on their age & if you have younger ones have them draw pictures.
If you could create a creature to defeat the Coronavirus what would it look like? What special features will it have? (Wings, four legs, teeth, breathe fire?) Sketch your creature.
What are 3 things you’re going to miss about school in May? What are 3 things you won’t miss?
Write a letter to anyone….or anything! (Hence, Dear Covid-19, I hate you.)
What’s your favorite thing to do during quarantine?
What are three things you’d like to talk about today?
Write a letter to a historical hero…anyone you wish!
What would be your perfect day? Where are you? What are you eating for those meals? What kind of clothes are you wearing? How’s the weather?
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Should parents be allowed to limit your screen time?
What would you like to learn more about and why?
What are you most looking forward to for the next school year?
The first person I want to visit once the quarantine is lifted is…..? Why? What will you do?
Are your kiddo(s) journaling? Are you? What prompts would you add?