Tips to Help Cope with Covid Related Stress

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It’s no secret that the world is much different than it was even a year ago. Some people have found themselves feeling more anxious, sad and uncertain. These feelings are normal. Here are some ways to help lessen the stress. 

Practice Self-Care. Doing things such as exercising, getting enough sleep and eating well can help lessen stress and boost your immune system. 

Find Ways to Focus. Establish a daily routine and create a workspace that is separate from your sleeping area.

Seek Out Support. The level of change that each person is going through during this time is different for everyone. Be sure to seek out help, whether it is talking to a friend every day or seeing a therapist regularly. 

Find Ways to Manage Disappointment. Find ways to celebrate all that you have accomplished during this last year. It also may help to plan ways to recreate important events that were postponed or canceled once things get back to normal.

Limit Media Consumption. Too much news and social media can add to anxiety. Set limits on media consumption and smartphone use.

Focus on Things You Can Control. Remember that you can only control your own thoughts and feelings. 

Tips for Making Praise Matter

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Praising children is very important whether you are a teacher or a parent. Here are some tips that will help make praise mean more to the child.

Be Specific– “Good job, Johnny” is not specific and can be said to anyone for any reason. “Johnny, I noticed that reading that paragraph was tough, but you took your time and tried your best, nice job.” This is specific enough so that Johnny knows that you mean it and it is real.

Give praise when you really mean it.  This teaches children that you recognize when a task is tough for them. It also helps them value the praise that you give.

Quality over quantity- Praising too much can cause a child to feel belittled and actually achieve lower. Give specific praise when praise is due instead of meaningless praise often.

STEM Education is Offered at East Guernsey

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM fosters engineering and design thinking and helps students master math and science concepts.

Many STEM jobs each year go unfilled and there is a huge under representation of women in STEM fields. East Guernsey is working to bridge this gap with our students. We are preparing them for a STEM future.

Giving at the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.

  • Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money
  • Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends
  • Let your child wrap a few gifts themselves
  • Have your child make cards for others
  • Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings
  • Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots

Tips and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*Read bedtime stories.

*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.

*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.

*Get excited to visit the library.

*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.

 

Reading Tips:

*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.

*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.

*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.

*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm