Enrichment Ideas

Looking for some fun enrichment ideas for your students?  We will be sharing ideas on social media and keeping track of them here as well.  

Art

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Easy Origami Fun

Get crafty with these easy origami paper folding activities. With many designs to choose from and printable instructions, this is a perfect rainy day activity.

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Tate Kids

Check out the Tate Kids site brought to you by the Tate Museum in London.  Learn about artists and styles, get art project ideas, take quizzes and more.

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Collage art - How to Make a Collagasaurus!

Jon Scieszka, Steven Weinberg, and the AstroNuts show you how to use 3 million images from the Smithsonian Institution to make a COLLAGASAURUS!

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Museum of Modern Art

For kids ages six and over, we rounded up some of our favorite drawing, collage, audio, and movement activities inspired by artworks in MoMA’s collection.

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The Vatican

On this Holy Thursday, why not spend a few minutes looking at a virtual tour of the Vatican? They have seven different spaces to explore including the Sistene Chapel.  Learn more.

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Metropolitan Museum of Arts Met Kids

Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Met Kids website has a really amazing "Time Machine"? You select a time period, geography, and big idea and get back pieces of art from the Met's collection. You can then click on the art and find out about the artist. Some pieces have additional audio and video, and they all have prompts for kids to imagine something about the piece and to create something inspired by it.  Learn more.

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Captain Underpants Virtual Drawing Class

All you Captain Underpants fans... writer/illustrator Dav Pilkey will host virtual drawing classes, readings, and more!  Learn more.

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Do your kids love the Pigeon books, the Knuffle Bunny Series, the Elephant and Piggy collection? Author/illustrator Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.  Learn more.

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Weir Farm will be on a new Quarter

Do any of our students collect coins? Did you hear that Weir Farm is the latest release of a new series of quarters?  Learn more.

History

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National Geographic "Win the White House"

Using the “Win the White House” interactive game from iCivics, students will learn about the complicated process of running for president, including developing a platform, fundraising, polls, media campaigns, and the difference between electoral votes and popular support.

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Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China

See one of the wonders of the world with this amazing, thousands-year old fortification system known the world over. This virtual tour has three options for touring the ancient structure: Jinshaling to Simatai, watchtower, and winter.

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KidCitizen

With KidCitizen, kids interactively explore Congress and civic engagement through historical primary sources and connect what they find with their daily lives.  We like the episode with a card Rosa Parks sends to her mother.

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Ellis Island Virtual Tour

Brush up on immigration history while taking a virtual tour of the immigration station at Ellis Island. Listen to immigrants tell the fascinating story of their journey.

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Anne Frank Secret Annex Video Tour

For our older students who are familiar with the story of Anne Frank, this virtual tour takes you inside the secret annex where she and her family hid for two years and provides powerful insight into their lives and the lives of the people who helped them.  Learn more.

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Ancient Egypt

Discover Ancient Egypt! In just 20 minutes by playing entertaining games and puzzles you can use maps and hieroglyphs to get to a tomb, and learn about Egyptian gods, artifacts and mummies! This comes from the National Museum of Scotland.  Learn more.

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Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour

You CAN visit London this Spring Break, with a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace! You will not only learn about the palace and its furnishings, art, and architecture, but you can find out about so much more, like more about the Queen, what happens at a garden party, and what was the Queens first Instagram post?  Learn more.

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Virtual Tour of Mount Vernon

Any US History buffs in the making out there? Check out this virtual tour of George Washington's private home, Mount Vernon. You can learn about history, architecture, art, famous people, and much more!  Learn more.

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Weir Farm National Historic Site

Have you been to Weir Farm? Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing activities of their choice including letterboxing and a scavenger hunt.  Learn more.

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Keeler Tavern

Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern is closed, but they invite us take in an 11-stop, four-acre, self-guided tour called Gilberts-in-the-Gardens. Follow the Gilbert family through their lives at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center and discover how exciting it is that this "starchitect" made his summer home in Ridgefield. Please respect a healthy distance of at least six feet between others per CDCP guidelines.  Learn more.

Literacy/Storytelling

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Taika Waititi and friends read James and the Giant Peach

Taika Waititi is stepping aboard a certain giant peach, and he's invited some rather unexpected friends along for the adventure!  Guests include Meryl Streep, Chris Hemworth, Cate Blanchett and so many more!

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Chapter 1 of Harry Potter read by Daniel Radcliffe

Watch actor and boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as part of Harry Potter at Home.

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For our littlest learners - Leap Frog is on Netflix

Our preschool and Kindergarten friends can have fun while strengthening their literacy skills by watching Leap Frog shows, now available on Netflix.  Look for the Letter Factory and Phonics Farm.  Their math shows are great too!

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Grow your vocabulary with Freerice

Freerice is an ad-supported, free-to-play website and mobile application that allows players to donate rice to families in need by playing a multiple-choice quiz game. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated via the World Food Programme.

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Shel Silverstein

April is National Poetry Month! Share this classic Shel Silverstein poem with your kids - "Crocodile's Toothache".  Learn more.

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Jack Prelutsky

April is National Poetry Month, and our younger friends are sure to get a giggle from the silly poetry of Jack Prelutsky. Check out some of his work, and don't miss his silly songs as well.  Learn more.

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Time to Come In Bear

 A beautiful story for our younger friends to try to explain social distancing. Learn more.

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Strega Nona

In honor of the passing of Tomie DePaolo, writer and illustrator of over 260 children's books, including the beloved Strega Nona, check out this fun STEM project inspired by his work.  Learn more.

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#sharewithstories

Actresses Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have started #savewithstories in conjunction with Save the Children to raise money for kids who have lost access to food at school. They are offering daily stories on Facebook and Instagram and are challenging their famous friends to do the same. So far, people like Reese Whitherspoon, Jimmy Fallon, Ron Howard and Katie Couric are among the 50 who have read favorites like The Big Red Barn, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Giraffes Can't Dance, and Dragons Love Tacos. Check it out, and support a great cause if you can!  Learn more.

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Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

All you Harry Potter fans out there... take a look at this at-home escape room! You can complete it on your own, or with others. Do you have what it takes?  Learn moreE.  .

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Eric Carle Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar

For our younger friends, check this out! What other Eric Carle books are your favorites? Maybe an older brother or sister could read one today!  Learn more.

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Dan Gutman Read Aloud

Author Dan Gutman is hosting Facebook live readings on weekdays at 2pm of some of his new and favorite books.  All are recorded, so you can catch up!  Learn more.

Music

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Five ways to spark your child's interest in music

Tips on learning about music at home with activities to try.

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World Music with Daria

World Music With DARIA is a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums, and guiros along with cultural background information.

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The Fundamentals of Music for Young Kids

Learn the FUNNNdamentals of music with The Music Show starring Luigi's Baton and Mike the Microphone, with special guest Cadence the Drummer.  This is the first of six episodes available on You Tube.

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New York Philharmonic Kidzone

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone is a great tool for introducing children to the symphony orchestra. It includes information about different instruments, composers and composition in a fun and educational format.

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Music for Hope

Did you see the Andrea Bocelli "Music for Hope" concert on Easter Sunday at the Duomo in Milan? It is worth every minute! What an inspiration.  Learn more.

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Stepping Stones Museum

You will recognize this familiar face! Mr. Fox is now Dan Dan the Music Man at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk. Our preschool friends will enjoy this mini music class (less than 10 minutes). Sing along, dance around and have fun!  Learn more.

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Laurie Bernker Mini-Concert

Preschool friends - do you need a little music and movement on this snowy Monday? Check out this great at-home concert by Laurie Bernker.​  Learn more.

Science/Nature

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Connecticut Science Center

Each weekday, the Connecticut Science Center kids page posts new materials - Movie Mondays,  Lunch Bunch Live on Tuesdays and Thursdays, STEM Challenge on Wednesdays, and Virtual Field Trips on Fridays.

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Virtual Tour of Jane Goodall Exhibit

The National Geographic Museum Releases a Virtual Tour of its Current Exhibition “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall".

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Kitchen Science "Wee-binars" for Littles and a Grown Up

This 4-part series has us gather round our kitchen tables and follow Hollie as she demonstrates kitchen science experiments! In these 20-30 minute video sessions, you’ll have virtual and hands-on fun by doing the experiments step by step.  Registration is required for this free series.

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Museum of Natural History Ology Site

Did you know "ology" means "the study of"?  Ology is also a website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History where they can explore all kids of "ologies," from archaeology to zoology. 

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Egg Farm Virtual Tour

Did you color eggs last week? Would you like to learn more about what happens on a free-range egg farm?  Learn more.

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Mystery Doug

Do you have a curious kid? Want to encourage curiosity? Check out the "Mystery Doug" website. Children submit questions from any category, and he provides an explanation. The question in this video is "Can animals laugh?  Learn more.

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Nat Geo Kids

Do your kids love the "Weird but True" books? There is an entire part of the Nat Geo Kids website devoted to weird but true facts. After you check those out, spend some time exploring the whole site - there are games, quizzes, videos and more!  Learn more.

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National Museum of Natural History

Have you been to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC? They have a 360-degree virtual tour. Why not take a peek, then watch "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (rated PG) for family movie night?  Learn more.

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National Museum of Natural History

Have you been to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC? They have a 360-degree virtual tour. Why not take a peek, then watch "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (rated PG) for family movie night?  Learn more.

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National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum website is an amazing resource, with over 50 activities/videos/podcasts for kids about different aspects of flight. After spending days on these options, your mind will be blown when you realize they have just as many on planets, space, physical science, life science, and engineering!  Learn more.

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Woodcock Nature Center

Planning some weekend activities? The Woodcock Nature Center is closed, but its trails and hikes are open! Dogs on leashes are welcome. They have some fun scavenger hunt ideas for families on their site. Get outside this weekend and discover this gem in our own backyard!  Learn more.

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Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is doing a daily weekday Facebook live Q&A at 3pm. Today's topic is conservation. Also, there are two weekly virtual events that require registration, one on Fridays for preschoolers and one on Wednesdays for students 12 and up. More info on the website.  Learn more.

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America's Test Kitchen for Kids

Does your child aspire to be a future "Master Chef Junior", "Top Chef" or "Chopped" contestant? Check out America's Test Kitchen Kids page for tutorials, quizzes, recipes and activities all about cooking.  Learn more.

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National Parks Virtual Tours

Wishing you could get out and explore on this snowy Monday? How about a virtual tour of one of our National Parks? Learn more.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

 The AMAZING Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has 10 different live webcams set up that you can check out at your convenience throughout the day. Everything from playful sea otters to hypnotic jellyfish to sharks and penguins and more. Available 1pm-12am EST due to time difference.  Learn more.

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Cincinnati Zoo

Check out this daily offering from the Cincinnati Zoo!  Learn more.

Tech-Based Learning

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Microsoft Live Coding Classes

DreamSpace HomeSpace is an initiative by Microsoft Ireland to help educators, parents and children participate remotely in some of our favourite DreamSpace activities. Our HomeSpace series begins with our favourite MakeCode platforms- micro:bit, Arcade and Minecraft and some other areas such as python programming, Maker Challenges and Imagine Cup Junior workshops and projects.

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Free Scratch Coding Club

The Scratch Club video playlist contains complete game design coding lessons in Scratch. By following along with each video, students will be able to design, create, and play their very own video games.  These lessons are perfect for kids in grades 2-8 that have a mastery of a keyboard, a mouse, and have access to the latest Scratch Editor from MIT.

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Mouse Skills through a fun numbers game

PBS Kids offers Peg + Cat : 3-2-1 Snack: Use your mouse to click around and help Peg give Cat a snack!

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Computer Skills for Kids

Designed for kids in Grades 2-6, this site provides age appropriate lessons in keyboarding, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.

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Code Monster

 

Interested in programming? Code Monster is an interactive introduction to basic programming concepts. Change the code and see the results immediately!

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Code Monster

 

Interested in programming? Code Monster is an interactive introduction to basic programming concepts. Change the code and see the results immediately!

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Typing Club

Who couldn't use some typing lessons, especially in these times! This website is free, and claims that with daily practice you can become a pro in a couple of weeks!  Learn more.

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Jungle Junior

Even our littlest learners can learn to type! Check out Jungle Junior from Typing Club, designed for preschool - Grade 1 friends!  Learn more.

Just for Fun

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National Geographic Indoor Family Fun

How about trying some cool DIY projects with your family? For example, they can create a recipe using locally grown foods, research their family history and create a family flag, make a virtual tornado, and more. 

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25 Family Movies Every Kid Should See

We Are Teachers has created a list of family movies that are bound to please everyone in your house, plus they have rounded up fun activities to go with each one. 

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Star Wars Crafts

May the Fourth might have passed, but kids can keep on crafting in the Star Wars galaxy through Star Wars Kids series on YouTube. Porg nesting dolls, Death Star pinata, Cantina Band spoon puppets and more!.

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Funology

Funology touts itself as being “the science of having fun!” Kids will love the magic tricks, allowing them to impress their family and friends. Parents will love the many crafts pages and the blog that reviews games and more. There are also scientific experiments available for kids to do with parents. One such experiment is to build a terrarium for a child’s favorite dinosaur. Or check out the recipes page for healthy snacks, breakfasts, lunches, or dinners.

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Wonderopolis

Have you visited the Wonderopolis site yet? Each day they share a new "wonder", submitted by a child, along with the answer and accompanying pictures and video. What have you always wondered? Maybe they will pick your question! Today's wonder - what is a kinkajou?'  Learn more.

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Ridgefield Professional Firefighters

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TIME! Get your permission slips signed and join us for a Facebook live tour of the Firehouse! We will show our Trucks, Ambulance, Building, Dispatch, and the famous fire pole. We will also have an interactive Q&A session. The live stream will be on Wednesday, April 1st at 10AM.  Learn more.

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Ridgefield Professional Firefighters

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TIME! Get your permission slips signed and join us for a Facebook live tour of the Firehouse! We will show our Trucks, Ambulance, Building, Dispatch, and the famous fire pole. We will also have an interactive Q&A session. The live stream will be on Wednesday, April 1st at 10AM.  Learn more.

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Virtual Rides from Disney and Universal Theme Parks

How about a little fun today? Virtual rides from Disney and Universal Parks!​  Learn more.

Keep Moving

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How to Make a Great Living Room Obstacle Course

Building an obstacle course inside or in the backyard is a fun way for kids of all ages to get exercise and burn off excess energy.

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The Body Coach Channel

The Body Coach is a popular YouTube channel that features free, easy-to-follow, at-home workouts for everyone, including kids. Get fit no matter your fitness level with these active, engaging 5-8 minute videos.

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Preschool Fun with Coach Josh

Preschoolers can practice balance and coordination while also practicing everything from colors to numbers to the ABC’s in Coach Josh’s fun workout show, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. 

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Train like an Avenger

 

At ‘THE AVENGERS TRAINING ACADEMY' you get the chance to train just like one of THE AVENGERS. Just click play and follow along with your chosen superhero and get yourself ready to help save the universe.

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Little Gym Classes

Looking to keep those little ones active at home? The Little Gym is sharing free online gymnastics classes for all ages - they have parent/child sessions, preschool, and grade school. There are nearly 50 to choose from!  Learn more.

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Coach Wood PE Class

No one can take the place of our own Coach T., but while he is taking care of Baby Jack, check out this youtube site of Coach Wood, a PE teacher from Tennessee who has a daily video and fun ways to keep fit!  Learn more.

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Physical Indoor Fun

 

If it's another rainy day... this post has an ENORMOUS number of really fun ideas to keep kids busy indoors using some clever supplies!  Learn more.

Parental Support

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From PBS Kids - How Play Helps Kids Navigate Difficult Times

A great article for all parents!  "In this global health crisis, here’s what parents need to know: when children experience stress and adversity, play becomes more important than ever."

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Help your little one understand feeling worried

Watch the read-aloud of the book, Feel Better Book for Little Worriers by Leah Bowen and Holly Brochmann.

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Yale Child Study Center - First Aid for Feelings

The Yale Child Study Center joined forces with Scholastic to put together the First Aid for Feelings workbook ) to help them cope with the complicated emotions from the COVID-19 virus.

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Child Mind Institute - Managing Anger and Frustration

We are all under a great deal of stress, and the Child Mind Institute offers suggestions on managing anger and frustration.

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All things Life Podcast

Saint Mary School is lucky to have Niro Feliciano and her family as part of OUR family! For those of you who haven't met Niro, she is a cognitive psychotherapist practicing locally and has started a podcast series. Her first several episodes deal directly with the coronavirus and anxiety and have really great strategies that you can implement right away with yourself, your children or a loved one.  Learn more.

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Setting up a Good Study Environment

 

Some great tips on setting up a space for your students to provide them the best environment to be successful.  Learn more.