Hillside Counseling Newsletter June 2020

June 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Happy June!  The character traits we will focus on for Star Student this month are Creativity & Curiosity.  A creative student is a student who is original and imaginative. A curious student is someone eager to learn or explore. Creative & curious students are fascinated with invention. They are driven by their desire to learn and gain more knowledge! We hope you and all the Hillside Hawks will have a creative and restful summer in which your child will explore with great curiosity our world!  This summer, much like the ending of our school year looks very different to say the least.  Here are some ideas to keep families entertained during this prolonged stay-home period. Here are some ideas that could work for a variety of ages. You can click on items listed below to learn more!

●      Food and Kitchen Activities

○      For Older Kids and Tweens:

■      Kitchen Art

■      Cookie Art

■      Make it Literary

■      Iron Chef, Family Edition

■      Guess the Ingredient

○      For Teens:

■      Iron Chef, Family Edition

■      Guess the Ingredient

■      Make it Literary

■      Blindfolded Smell Test

■      Ingredient Race


●     Games that Promote Learning

For Older Kids and Tweens:

○      Where in the World?

○      Story by Sentence

○      Story Starters

○      Salad Bowl Game

○      State Capitals

○      For Teens:

○      Story by Sentence

○      Salad Bowl Game

○      Book Babble

○      Food Poetry

○      Fictionary


Whole-Family Bonding Activities:

●      Dinner and a Movie

●      Family Tree

●      Which One…?

●      Origami Love Notes

●      Joke Jar

●      20 Things I Love About…

●      Two Minute Question Round

●      Cards to Show You Care

One of the biggest conversation challenges families previously experienced was getting past “How was your day…?” “Fine.” Not anymore, with people spending most (or all) of their time together, that’s one question nobody will need to ask!   What can you talk about instead? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

●      Learn More About Each Other and Your Family History

○      Print the fun family Interview placemats

○      Have a family photo caption contest

Spend Some Time Thinking of Ways to Help Others

●      Try our interactive family giving tree to inspire new ideas

●      Use these conversation starters to help remind your family that there’s still a world outside your doorstep, even when you’re stuck at home!

Wishing you a wonderful, restful summer vacation.

Sources:  The Child Mind Institute & The Family Dinner Project


Stay healthy, 

Dr. Whalen 5th grade & Mrs. Thomas 6th grade   

Hillside School Counselors



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