Operation Letter of The Day: S

The letter of the day is S

Hello friends, it’s S day! Let’s get right to it.

S is for…

STAY HOME! I hope you are all STAYING home and managing to STAY SANE. I know it’s not easy and some of us are going STIR crazy. The other night, my #quarantinebuddy asked me what time it was and I responded, “Why? Do you have somewhere to go?” And then struck with hysterical laughter by my own bad joke, I almost fell off the couch. We all need more laughter. A friend from college recently published this very funny piece about being a mom locked down at home. It’s well worth a quick read.

I understand that healthy people can carry the virus and accidentally transmit it to our vulnerable friends and relatives, so that part of staying home makes sense. I’ve never been very good at math though, and this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer does a great job of explaining the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, the math behind the concept of “flattening the curve”, and the consequences if we don’t. Be SAFE, STAY home, and SEND me any ideas you have for these posts!

SLOTHS have a coping strategy that we can all learn from – they are often mocked for their slowness, but it’s actually a strategy they use to keep cool when temperatures rise. As we all try to keep our cool right now, this Smithsonian Magazine website explains how and why SLOTHS use this strategy of slowing down to survive. It’s also full of other terrific resources from virtual travel to games, some of which I’ll be sharing and many others you can check out yourself. My friend Sarah over at Obligatory Traveler has actually met and pet real live SLOTHS. Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll have a chance to chat with her on O Day!

SCHOLASTIC Magazine is providing really useful learning resources for parents and teachers on their website #ScholasticLearnAtHome. They feature day-by-day projects to keep kids in grades Pre-K through grade 9 “reading, thinking, and growing”. I like them because they include project-based, experiential learning projects that kids can do with you or independently. In addition to the subject covered, this kind of learning improves mastery of multi-step directions and higher order thinking skills. They also break up the monotony of screen time and worksheets.

“The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then – maybe – the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.”

― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

STARGIRL is a classic YA book by Jerry Spinelli. Described as “a celebration of nonconformity; a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity–and the thrill and inspiration of first love.” It’s a book I’ve read many times with middle school clients and I always enjoy it, so when they say it’s recommended for ages 12+ there’s a good chance you’ll like reading it even if you don’t have a young adult at home.

Stargirl Disney+ Trailer

For those who prefer the movie over the book…there is also a Stargirl movie (available on Disney+ as of March 20, 2020). The New York Times sums it up well in their review of the film: “This kindhearted novel adaptation offers a welcome message of embracing one’s true self…” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s on my #QuarantineTODO list. Maybe we can all meet up on Instagram Live and discuss?

STEPH CURRY isn’t just sitting around watching Tiger King during the NBA hiatus. As Sopan Deb, a basket ball writer explains in his NYTimes article, The Golden State Warriors player made good use of his time by hosting a discussion about the coronavirus COVID-19 with one of our national treasures, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Instagram Live last week. If you find a clear explanation of facts comforting, or have a basketball fan you’d like to help explain the virus to, this is a great resource.

“We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand.”

― Stephen King, The Drawing of the Three

SPONTANEOUS DANCE PARTY! Who else is having these? What are some of the SONGS you enjoy dancing to? Today’s SUGGESTION is for everyone feeling a little STUCK. We can do this! If you doubt it, here’s a link to G Day’s SONG I Will Survive to improve your SPIRITS!

Today’s SPONTANEOUS Dance Party SONG

The most SURPRISING thing about this project to me is how exhausting it can be reading the news online as I look for links to SHARE with my resources and STRATEGIES. Writing the posts is the fun part, the technology involved in the links and photos and posting SLOWS me down a bit. So while I might not be posting every day, know that I am working on them and I do appreciate all of your feedback and SUPPORT. I think we are off to a SUPER START.

What will the next letter be? As always, if you are the first to email or message me with the correct guess (and thank you for reading this far) there will be a prize headed your way! Take good care. Xo, Meg

Published by Meg Leahy, MS, NCC, BCC

An award-winning educator, author, and counselor with certifications in life, leadership, and career coaching, Meg believes in providing the skills, understanding, and resources to help people change their lives. Named a "Woman of Note" by the New York Times, and Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, she also writes about ADHD, mental health and wellness, is the co-author of peer-reviewed textbooks on ADHD, and is the ¡Live Mas! In-House Life Coach at Taco Bell Quarterly.

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