Covid-19 has uprooted so many schools and learning communities. And while we have done our best to connect with children and families via virtual classes, texts, blog posts, zoom calls, etc, these fall gravely short of getting to see, be and play with each other.
Children, parents and teachers have been missing each other! So Kimberley and I invited families to come for a short physical distance visit and to get a glimpse of our precious play yard one last time before summer. We offered a final Family Share–an invitation to reflect on what we love about playing together.
Families picked up their bags of personal items (with a few surprises inside) and selected a colored poster board to make a sign for our upcoming Spread Love Car Parade on Monday, June 1st at 10 a.m.
It feels achy to say hello and goodbye all in one short visit– when we are longing for our usual relaxed, interactive, joyful play together. But these are odd times so we’ll hold the sadness to one side while welcoming seeing our precious friends once more for now…We will host a second visiting day on one of the next rain-free days– likely Wednesday, 5/27 for the rest of interested families.
Here’s to photo-sharing to sustain ongoing virtual connections. Here’s to finding ways to nourish lighthearted playfulness despite these odd circumstances. Here’s to a thrilling snowfall during this strange, spring time, quarantine!
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HFP’s social curriculum and emphasis on being friendly and inclusive provides the foundation from which to notice and speak up when things are not kind, friendly or fair. After learning a bit about MLK Jr. and the civil rights movement over the past few class sessions, we introduced the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana school in 1960. We looked at pictures of angry white-skinned people who held signs that did not want Ruby to join the school and we checked out pictures of mostly black-skinned people who held signs in favor of desegregating. We invited parents/adult caregivers to model the way with the morning’s family share prompt: “If you were there when Ruby was walking into the school, what could your sign say to welcome Ruby? ”
Ruby, come play with us! * We are with you! Please join us, Ruby! You are an important part of our school. * Ruby, let’s play and make art together. *Bienvenida! Quieres jugar conmigo? (Welcome! Do you want to play with me?) * You belong here! Can’t wait to meet you!
Once in the classroom, we played and discussed the story of Ruby Bridges and invited children to make their own welcoming signs they could later carry in our march.