Bridget Chapital, BS, MEd | March 20, 2020
Dear Hypothesis Haven community,
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our customers and team very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended all planned spring break activities in compliance with guidance from public health officials and local government agencies.
Our New Not-So-Normal
As we navigate these unsettling times together, I want to reassure parents who are simultaneously putting on a brave face for our children as we also seek reassurance from public and government officials.
Though it may seem that we are hiding from a danger that is lurking just outside of our doors, I challenge us to push back against FEAR, which has a way of crippling or paralyzing.
What does this look like?
*Setting daily intentions and practicing calming meditation first thing in the morning
*Taking a break from continuous TV and news coverage about the coronavirus
*Adopting an attitude of SAFETY by leaning into the steps that we can take to protect ourselves and our families.
Resources for Out of School Time Learning
As school schedules have been disrupted by COVID-19, please remember that while routines and structure are helpful for children, every family is different, and it is important to do what comes naturally for your family.
Below are a few suggestions adapted from an online source. If you are able to do all - or even just one-activity from the list, please know that whatever you do is enough.
🏡 To the parents whose kids are suddenly home for weeks, this is your chance to help your children see learning as something that happens ALL DAY LONG, in everything we do - not just in textbooks and classrooms. 📖👩🏫
📚 Read to your kids, with your kids, listen to them read. Read comics and picture books and that book you loved when you were a kid. And when you need some time to yourself, turn on an audiobook - those count too.
🎲🎳 Play. Play board games and card games. Play hide and seek and basketball in the driveway. Pull out the wii that is gathering dust and go bowling in your living room. Have LEGO competitions.
✍ Write letters to grandparents and diary entries documenting your days. Someday their kids will want to hear stories about that time they were stuck at home.
⭐ Go on a hike. Stay up late and look at the stars. Plant a garden. Dig up worms. Draw the leaves and flowers and bugs you find.
🎬👨🍳 Make stop motion videos. Watch BBC earth movies and plan an imaginary trip. Discover a new hobby... or resurrect an old one. Order some yarn and learn to finger knit. Paint pictures. Bake bread. They won’t fall behind or stop learning. Life IS learning!
🚍⏰ Enjoy a slow rhythm together at home... sleep in, no early morning rushing to catch the bus, no running from activity to activity.
❤ Yes, you might have to guide your kids in some virtual learning. Think of this as your chance to expose your kids to the art, music, and gym that have been cut out of your school district. It’s going to be ok!
🥳 Let your kids do the things that get them excited... building forts, designing robots, baking muffins.
You can do this, parents. 📣 We’re cheering you on! 💛
If there is anything that we at Hypothesis Haven can do to help out, please let us know. We are in this together!
*For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or your local health department's website.