At Berkwood Hedge School, we talk about the values for which we stand. We stand for compassion. We stand for kindness. We stand for empathy. And, we stand for justice. Sometimes, people question whether social justice is an appropriate part of the curriculum in elementary school. We believe that it is not only appropriate, but an ethical imperative and critical to our future to have these difficult conversations.
Every day our teachers provide space for the children to talk about what is happening in our country in a way that honors their development and meets them where they are. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home, even if it seems daunting. Growth in social justice, like any other subject area, requires study, reflection, practice, and application. Below are some resources to help facilitate discussions with your children.
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Social Emotional Resources
Suggestions for calming/grounding activities for kids, some are for younger school aged children but most can be adapted for all ages:
Child Mind Institute: a great resource for families providing guidelines about conversations with a lot of room to adjust to fit individual families:
Great Good Science: Resources for how to support families during this time:
Common Sense Media: A list of resources including a family media agreement.
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