School is CLOSED starting March 16th until March 30th.
What a whirlwind these past days have been, and what a whirl of confusion and anxiety so many of us are experiencing as we prepare for the unknown, with children at home and work lives not yet clear – never mind the state of the pantry and supply closet.
We are in this together. Our job now is to bear what we’re feeling and take action to protect ourselves and our communities. On that note, here are some updates and helpful resources:
- Play dates. This is not a snow day. Please avoid play dates and social contact.
- Lesson plans. Soon you will hear from your teachers regarding their plans to support your child’s learning during the weeks ahead.
- Rest assured: we do not intend to have your kids on screens all day, and we recognize that many parents will be working on the very screens we may need to access.
- AWSNA, the Waldorf accrediting body, is actively facilitating collaboration among Waldorf teachers nationwide, to share resources and enable teachers to bring this unique education to your children at home.
- Online learning. If you’re already looking into online resources, Common Sense Media can help you evaluate their appropriateness. App Census evaluates privacy of online resources.
- Screen-free activities. As we find our way forward with social distancing, this guide from the Children’s Screen Time Action Network offers suggestions for self-directed educational, screen-free activities. This guide from the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood also may be helpful.
- Outdoor planning. Should you plan hikes and outdoor activities, remember you should not use public bathrooms or mingle in gas stations, etc. – so plan accordingly. And, again, families should not socialize unless there are emergency childcare needs, i.e. parents who are healthcare workers, etc.
- Resilience. Merriam Webster tells me that, in physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material (such as rubber) to absorb energy (such as from a blow) and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon can be viewed as analogous to a person’s ability to bounce back after a jarring setback.Rudolf Steiner conceived Waldorf education at the cusp of modernity, when the old rhythms of human life were falling away and uncertainty was becoming the prevailing human experience. Even with all that we are (naturally!) feeling in the face of uncertainty, we have within ourselves the capacity to spring back and move forward. We are in this together.