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In some areas of the country, families have been isolating at home for over 3 months. As we enter the summer months, many parents are wondering how to maximize summer fun while staying home and staying safe. As a central tenant of the begin to ECSEL program, educators are instructed to establish a consistent routine with children in the classroom as routine is often comforting and helps create a controlled environment for both fun and learning.
With routines thrown out the window as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging parents to instead establish a new normal and embrace changes in routine as opportunities to explore new ways of learning with your kids. Offering your child choices of activities throughout the weeks will empower them with a sense of control that they might be missing. Furthermore, founder and CEO of Housman Institute, Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D., reminds us that play is a child's "work" and is essential in developing the foundation for social, emotional, and cognitive skills. A wealth of research shows that unstructured play is a fundamental necessity for children to thrive physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.
In her most recent blog, Housman also says, “When parents at home can promote playful interactions, they are also not only helping to build their children’s developing brains but also are helping to reduce tension and stress while building resilience, strength and positive coping capacities.” Just what we are all needing right now.
Below, you will find some of our favorite summer-fun-at-home ideas:
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.