- Joys and Oys
Spring Fun for Your Family
Now that warmer weather has finally made its way to Minnesota, it is time to get outside and enjoy the freedom it brings to parenting little ones with lots of energy. Here are some of our favorite activities to do with your kids this spring.
- Neighborhood Clean Up - Grab a paper bag, a pair of gloves, a shovel and take a walk and pick up your neighborhood, local park, or favorite walking path. In addition to helping care for your community, it is a great opportunity to talk about littering, recycling, and stewardship of the Earth. You can focus on naming colors, shapes, and sizes while collecting the rubbish. If taking more than one child, you can make it a game to see how many pieces the group can collect.
- Plant Your Summer Veggies or Flowers - Whether you have space for a full-blown garden or just a couple of pots, start your summer seeds now using an egg carton or pot. Planting is a great way to teach your child about healthy eating, how things grow, and how to care for something over a period of time.
- Puddle Fun - Put on the rain boots and jacket to find some puddles. Whether the melting snow or rainy weather brings the puddles your way, it is a great time for jumping. If you have running water in your streets, put a Goldfish Cracker in the water and watch it “swim” down the waterway!
After graduation, Heilicher alumna Simone P. encountered an uncomfortable situation at basketball camp. She decided to take a brave step to educate the camp about Jewish history related to an unintentional, yet offensive, long-standing camp practice.
As a gift to her eighth-grade class for graduation, Ms. Weiss gathered student reflections and crafted them into a poem. These words of inspiration will stay with her students for years to come.
This spring Heilicher welcomed Lynn Lyons, a psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to speak to the community about "How to Break the Worry Cycle." Heilicher alumna Ruthie P. shares her thoughts on the night in a recent article in The Echo, St. Louis Park High School's newspaper.