Now more than ever, kids are asking a lot of questions about the world and the future. Why can’t I see my friends? Why did my summer camp plans change? Will I go back to school in the fall? And while these questions are valid, it can be difficult for parents to respond in age-appropriate ways as they contend with the same unknowns themselves. One tangible thing parents can do is introduce thoughtful activities at home to help their children process these complex ideas and emotions. Sarah Ceurvorst, Art Educator at The Ellis School, presented the webinar Little Kids & Big Questions: Introducing Intentional Art Activities at Home to teach parents how they can use the creative process to intentionally address big questions with kids.
This interactive webinar took place on Thursday, July 23, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn more about how kids can use art to grapple with abstract ideas and express themselves creatively.
Do you want to talk to your child about race but aren’t sure where or how to begin? Starting the Conversation: How to Discuss Race With Your Children is a free webinar presented by Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, that addresses how parents can start having these important discussions at home. An educator, parent to two daughters, and Ph.D. candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Denise speaks to how parents can lead with compassion and develop a sense of empathy in their children as they discuss important issues around identity, race, and equity.
This interactive webinar took place on July 15, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn how your family can participate in the self-reflection and dialogue needed to instill anti-racist beliefs in your children, and how you can model this work in age-appropriate ways for your kids starting now.
“I’m bored.” These words can be maddening for any parent of a tween or teen to hear, but perhaps even more so this year when kids’ go-to activities and plans have been changed or canceled. During this unusual time, your usual ideas for fighting boredom may no longer be in the cards, so how can you inspire your child to use their imagination and explore new hobbies (so you can get your own work done) this summer? Natalie Dixon Bell, English Teacher at The Ellis School, presented the webinar Summer Storytelling: Inspiring Creativity Through Writing & Reading to teach parents how they can foster exploration, inquiry, and curiosity in their children from the safety of home.
An experienced educator with a wealth of experience in creative writing, Natalie shared tools and techniques parents can employ to bolster their child’s love of books, diverse characters and places, and storytelling. From unique writing prompts to online story programs, Natalie speaks to how parents can use digital resources and their own bookshelves to inspire creativity in their teens and tweens. Designed for parents of children ages 11 to 17, this session also included book recommendations for middle grade and young adult readers.
This interactive webinar took place on Monday, July 27, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording.
What will school look like this fall? Will we have to continue distance learning from home or will children be able to resume in-person classes? If students are able to return in-person, what types of health and safety changes will be made to protect families? Hear from Head of The Ellis School Macon Finley about how one school is grappling with these questions.
While there is still much that is uncertain about next school year, with over 20 years of experience in education, Macon brings her unique viewpoint and expertise to this talk meant to provide parents with more information about the decision-making processes and possibilities for how school will resume in the 2020–2021 academic year.
This interactive webinar took place on June 25, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording.
When you’re balancing work, childcare, and household duties, it can be easy for self-care and mindfulness to be the first things cut from your to-do list. And while the exhaustion is real, it’s crucial that families find time within their day to unwind, unplug, and connect with each other. So how can you and your family make space for self-care this summer?
Hear from Licensed Professional Counselor Jamie Rivers about how you can employ wellness and mindfulness strategies at home. A parent herself, Jamie offers information about how you can get into a healthy headspace, prevent burnout, and keep your family safe, cared for, and happy. While this summer may look different for your family, that doesn’t mean it can’t be full of fun, memorable moments, and new traditions.
This interactive webinar for families with school-aged children took place on June 17, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn more about changes to family dynamics while working from home and tools for helping you cope.
When your child’s typical schedule is suddenly flipped on its head, it can be difficult to find ways for them to socialize and interact with other kids their age. With no playdates or pool days in the near future, you’re probably wondering how your child can stay connected to their community and continue to thrive from the comfort and safety of home. Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, is here to help.
As an educator, parent to two daughters, and Ph.D. candidate at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Denise brings a variety of perspectives and a depth of expertise to the topics of learning in community, building connections among young children, and inclusive and culturally sustaining learning. She has a wealth of knowledge about how parents can foster a sense of belonging for their children, even during times of social distancing.
This interactive webinar took place on June 3, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn more about how you can set your child up for success this summer.