Y’all. Do you know what happened this week? I mean, the weeks are kinda blurring together, but the big thing that happened this week. We know your days are challenging right now. We’re praying for all of you and your families. But I’m also a firm believer that we need to celebrate what is good, and one really good thing happened ’round these parts: EMBER’S END RELEASED ON TUESDAY!!!
Congratulations to our very own S.D. Smith on his book release. If, by chance, somehow, you’ve not gotten your copy yet, stop, do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars, and get thee over to the S.D. Smith store to order your copy. Shipping will be taking place once a week.
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Helping Children With Scary News
Our friend Sally Lloyd-Jones has some great thoughts on walking through scary times with your children.
- The past two weeks have brought some scary stories to our news cycle. With fears of coronavirus and a terrible tornado stunning Nashville, your children may be feeling worried and nervous. How can we talk to children about scary news?
I think this one tip can be very helpful:
Let children lead your discussion.
Reading during COVID-19
Did you know we like books around here? This site is full of recommendations from a teacher local to me in Charlotte, but the resources are great and available through a lot of libraries’ online systems.
- Since schools are closed across the nation due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most parents (like me) are trying to give their kids quality activities to occupy their time. It is the perfect time to read new books! There are so many resources that have been made available for free during this time, but it feels like something new comes out daily and it is a little overwhelming. I am highlighting a few options below that may be of interest to your family. In addition, I am going to try to recommend books each week in the hopes that kids can continue to read from home when they don’t have access to the school’s collection.
What’s Out There
I’m bringing another list for you since we’re a few more weeks into this and you might need a refresh on your options. This one’s not quite as extensive as the first one, but that’s in part ’cause the first few are awesome lists all their own!
- Resources While You’re Home from Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Resources for Families with Kids at Home from the Great Lakes Children’s Museum
- At Home Learning Resources for Families from Stillwater Public Schools
- S. D. Smith’s Facebook Live Release Party
- Art Lessons Using Everyday Objects from Grace Comstock
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It Is What It Is, But It Is Not What It Shall Be
S. D. Smith reminds us that this is not the end of the story.
- It is what it is. I read it on a cubicle wall. It’s a country-craft sign with large, cursive script, a script to make one curse. Words to echo the curse. The sign is made to look like it was made on a farm, but it was made in China. And not on a farm in China. The smooth, shimmering surface lies about its age. It’s made to appear older with new-painted fading, meticulously manufactured cracks, and fabricated years. An inverted aging starlet. It is intentionally distressed and so am I. But, I suppose, it is what it is. This sign that transports me to a funeral, a child’s sickbed, an accident scene. It is what it is.
It is what it is. It is a statement of resignation. After all kinds of trouble, worry, and fear, there it sits. We can live with such a statement, but not forever.
It is what it is. Is it?
Five Picture Books for Spring Weather Imagination
Carissa Holzer shares five books for those days that keep you leaning forward into the year.
- Imagination can be as seasonal as the fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, with each holding its own set of delights. Snowball fights and sledding in winter, long hours in the pool and under shady trees in summer–you understand what I’m saying. Being that we’re coming out of a long-ish winter that was heavy on negative temperatures and inches of snow, the thunderstorm forts, tree-climbing, and pond-sailing of spring are particularly exciting to be circling back to.
Something to Do with Your Kids
You know I love a good activities for the month list. You might have to modify a few of these, but here’s a great list for the month of April.
Something to Watch
The original Ice Dance routine is one of the cultural touch points of the sport. Torvill and Dean’s 1984 performance inspired their training centre to name its entrance area Bolero Square. Clearly, they’re impact is far-reaching, as you can see in this video of a mass performance of the choreography as a tribute.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team