Shelter-In-Place Updates

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Shelter-In-Place Updates

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We at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula want to provide our community with important information and support during this unique time.

This page contains links to information on COVID-19 and resources we hope will help support everyone at home as you navigate through this unique time.

We welcome you to share with us how you are coping and resources you have found helpful at StayingConnected@waldorfpeninsula.org.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) what you need to know, resources and updates.

Santa Clara County Public Health Office COVID-19 Information

 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara – Shelter in Place Order

 

Other Resources for Parents and Students

If you have a link to share, please email us.

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General Resources for Parents

Parents, relax about kids’ academics during COVID-19 crisis, Stanford educator says. Challenge Success co-founder Denise Pope says our ‘uncertain times’ call for parents to think about ‘the big picture’ of their children’s learning. Additionally, have you seen our short interview with Denise Pope, Goals for Education?

How To Limit Your News Consumption While Staying Informed. “You have to parent yourself, the same way you would restrict excess screen time for a child. While there is no “right” amount of time to spend consuming the news, one hour per day is generally reasonable—but not all in one sitting.” Click for this article with more tips from Mind Body Green.

“Journaling is a great exercise for reflection and fostering gratitude. Looking for silver linings in difficult times doesn’t minimize the suffering but rather makes it more bearable. These prompts can help inspire that…” Click for this article: Reflect & Nourish Your Spirit With 26 Journal Prompts for Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sewing and Donating Face Masks
This YouTube tutorial is from ‘Homemade on the Homestead’ and shows sewing double-sided masks to distinguish back from front, with a filter pocket. Our Morning Glory kindergarten teacher recommends these masks as they are comfortable, can fit any size. Additionally, she found the tutorial easy, the masks quick to sew, and they can be made in batches, plus, all the supply links can be found in the description of the video tutorial. My New Red Shoes organization has a page with information for donating masks locally and nationwide.

Slow Your Home Podcast. Life in the time of coronavirus: A Slow Living Deep-Dive.

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: “Keeping your own anxiety in check is key.” Click here for this article from the NYTimes.

Family Bonding through Time Spent in Nature. Here’s a report from the Children & Nature Network with information on why it is important and tips on how to get started and what to do while you are there.

Special podcast interview with Kim John Payne on Reducing Anxiety for Kids from goop.com.

Simplicity Parenting Special Audio Series: “Troubling Times: Anxiety Rising, Schools Closing, and Way More Time at Home With The Kids.”

CNN Article: Yale’s massively popular ‘happiness’ course is available free online

NY Times Article: I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share Take it from someone who couldn’t: Go outside.
(subscription may be required to read)

All Trails Website: Find local trails (remember to practice social distancing of 6+ feet, but give a friendly wave!).
Note: Facilities such as bathrooms may be closed.

Better Homes & Gardens Article:Feeling Overwhelmed? Studies Show Knitting and Crocheting Can Help Lower Stress Levels

Have you watched WSP’s films on our YouTube Channel?

You can continue to find WSP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tag us in your at-home adventures!

 

High School

Games and movement ideas from our Movement teacher.

Attention Shakespeare fans! Until April 19th, London’s Shakespeare’s Globe is premiering their 2018 production of Hamlet on YouTube for free. Given the general nature of Hamlet, this is appropriate for high school students and adults.

The Santa Clara County Library District is hosting their 14th annual poetry contest for middle and high school students. Submissions are due April 30th. Click here for more details.

The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall is now making their online concert series free for all with the voucher code BERLINPHIL. This includes previously recorded and new upcoming live streams. Click here.

Notes from our music teacher for grades 3 – 12 with suggestions for staying “in tune” at home.

MSN Article with links to 12 Virtual Museum Tours.

Google Arts and Culture: Online Art Collections Collections from over 500 institutions online.

Introduction on writing and sharing six word memoirs.
(Introductory video near the bottom)

Middle School

Games and movement ideas from our Movement teacher.

Online Learning at Hidden Villa. Enjoy these videos from our friends at Hidden Villa, including topics like Basic Care for Farm Animals, Deer Ears, Woodrats: Forest Engineers, How to Keep Plants Healthy and many more!

The Santa Clara County Library District is hosting their 14th annual poetry contest for middle and high school students. Submissions are due April 30th. Click here for more details.

The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall is now making their online concert series free for all with the voucher code BERLINPHIL. This includes previously recorded and new upcoming live streams. Click here.

Señor McGregor’s Spanish page for grades 2 – 8 with projects, vocabulary practice, online readers, and other resources to keep practicing Spanish.

Notes from our music teacher for grades 3 – 12 with suggestions for staying “in tune” at home.

Circus Smirkus offers Circus @Home, Online Circus Training & Events for Everyone.
(fees may apply for some)

Waldorf School of Cape Cod Blog: The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Middle School Child During Times of Uncertainty

Tutorial on Form Drawing with Paper Cutting

Grades 3 - 5

Games and movement ideas from our Movement teacher.

Online Learning at Hidden Villa. Enjoy these videos from our friends at Hidden Villa, including topics like Basic Care for Farm Animals, Deer Ears, Woodrats: Forest Engineers, How to Keep Plants Healthy and many more!

Señor McGregor’s Spanish page for grades 2 – 8 with projects, vocabulary practice, online readers, and other resources to keep practicing Spanish.

Notes from our music teacher for grades 3 – 12 with suggestions for staying “in tune” at home.

Sparkle Stories podcasts are offering a free one month trial.

Grades 1 & 2

Games and movement ideas from our Movement teacher.

Señor McGregor’s Spanish page for grades 2 – 8 with projects, vocabulary practice, online readers, and other resources to keep practicing Spanish.

Here is a Recipe to make your own Rice Balls, a tutorial on making little felted mice, and then you can create your own Rolling Rice Ball story puppet show.

Learn how to play Omochio Tsukimasho, a Japanese hand clapping game. This is the little song that the mice were singing in The Rolling Rice Ball story as they were flattening out the rice. Kindergarten parents can adapt this to make it accessible for their young child by just learning the words and the rhythm then changing the hand clapping into a simple, rhythmical pattern to compliment the chant.

Nursery School & Kindergarten

Waldorf Early Childhood Association (WECAN) has released a page with resources for this unique time at home with your young children.

Teacher Yasuko sent a story to the Apple Blossom Nursery for the week along with instructions and resources for her Apple Blossom students to create this puppet show with their parents help. Here they are for you to enjoy, too!
Grandfather Tomten and the Easter Surprise, by Nancy Foster as found in the book “Tell Me A Story.”
Puppet-making written instructions and supplies list
Pictorial puppet-making guidelines
Puppet pictures to print out

Here are some Nursery Rhymes from our Honeybee Nursery.

Bluebell children recently heard the rhyming story The Sun Bread.

Rose Kindergarten children received this story, The True Easter Hare.

15 Ways to Support Children to Play with their Intuition ~ Engaging the Heart, Intelligence & Innocence of Children

Here is a Recipe to make your own Rice Balls, a tutorial on making little felted mice, and then you can create your own Rolling Rice Ball story puppet show.

Learn how to play Omochio Tsukimasho, a Japanese hand clapping game. This is the little song that the mice were singing in The Rolling Rice Ball story as they were flattening out the rice. Kindergarten parents can adapt this to make it accessible for their young child by just learning the words and the rhythm then changing the hand clapping into a simple, rhythmical pattern to compliment the chant.

Stories for Children in Times of Trouble — Storytelling Help for Parents in the Era of COVID-19 and Sharing the ongoing story: The Secret Prince (recommended for ages 4 – 12)

 

Handwork, Projects, Arts & Crafts, Cooking Activities for All or Many Ages

Spring Crafts
Make your own pre-felt sheets. If you have more wool roving and very little felt sheets, turn that wool roving into pre-felt for sewing or embroidery projects.
Make wet felted hollow eggs or any little hollow for a tiny creature to later find a cozy home!
Tissue paper flowers
Homemade Epsom Salt Glitter

Easy Pan Pizza Recipe by King Arthur Flour. Article also includes a link to no-yeast bread recipes.

Make your own chalk paint from some basic household items you may already have in your pantry.

Make your own Fairy Garden

Recipe for Homemade Playdough

25 Million Stitches Project – An art installation aiming to have a stitch for every refuge in the world. All levels welcome.

Learning to Finger knit – our students begin this skill in kindergarten.

Making t-shirts into yarn

Jersey Finger Knit Bracelets

Fairy House ideas from Sparkle Stories

Our Distance Learning Plans

Learning continues. Click here to explore our spring 2020 plans.

Shelter-In-Place Resources

Latest information, health updates and useful resource links for your time at home.

Prospective Families

WSP continues to support families choosing a Waldorf education in Silicon Valley.