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5 Bible Passages to Inspire Your Distance Learning Child

One of the strongest ways to inspire your child during times of unease and confusion is through faith. By coming together as a family to share in your love of Christ, you can better support your child in his or her distance learning and push them toward success.

Below are five Bible passages that you can share with your child as your family navigates these new learning environments. For younger children, these passages are perfect for reading time together, either as part of their Catholic learning curriculum or independently as a family. Older children will benefit from reading these passages on their own, and as a parent, you can encourage them to further explore their faith in Christ and find inspiration on their own.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This passage will instill the necessary hope in your child that better days are to come. Encourage your child not to dwell on the things that they cannot change but to look forward to the brighter future of joy and happiness that the Lord promises.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

In this time of COVID-19, adversity is all around us. Right now, your child may be experiencing strong feelings of fear and confusion. Ensure that he or she understands that love surrounds us, from our family and friends as well as the Lord, and that we are never alone so long as we maintain trust in our faith.

Romans 8:31

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To be full of joy, hope, and happiness is to find peace in circumstance. No matter the trial, your child is capable of surviving and thriving in any impediment, and it’s important to instill this knowledge at every point of the learning process.

As you learn and work together as a family, revel in the strength of your faith to foster an environment of love, care, understanding, and inspiration.

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This One’s For The Kiddos!

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By Cary Anne Fitzgerald, PDHP Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator

Little learners are missing the routines and community of peers that had been nurtured into existence by all the important caring adults in their lives. 

Elementary school students look to no avail for the golden time of the last trimester, filled with celebrations, activities and fun to applaud the learning done, the bonding created within classroom and school community.  There will never be another year like this exact one.

Junior high and high school students feel an absence of a place they have made their own, examining a richer sense of self within classwork, meaningful relationships, extracurriculars that dig deeper.  Each year is a milestone. 

Our Graduates look back on all these years that have passed them by and grieve a loss of all this and more; a precious and fleeting year frozen in time. 

And yet all this heaviness we glimpse at is in only one aspect of their lives. 

What remains?  The love of self, of learning, of family, of “academy/school family” (as some of my Family Fun Nights participants say it so well), of others, of community, of health and wellness, of faith, of universality.  The hope that these hard lessons will not be in vain.  That surrounded in that love and that hope, resiliency prevails.  

This weekend, I silently celebrated the College Graduates from my college as they heralded their commencement in all virtual platforms.  I saw the seniors from my high school parade in their cars around the surrounding streets, horns honking, tears wiped but smiles wide!  I watched graduation signage delivered to 8th graders’ homes.  I added to the cheers given online to friends’ children who were missing their graduations, proms, ring days, parties, senior days, etc. 

One thing is for certain, the Class of 2020 is already famous; forever endeared and unforgettable to all world over. 

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You, Teachers

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by Cary Anne Fitzgerald,

PDHP Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator

It is Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is a big one this year.  Despite this week, it often feels like the world forgets about the contribution of teachers, but those who occupied a seat in their classrooms – whether in real or virtual time – will never forget.

Teacher, you spent time, energy, and your own resources decorating a welcoming learning environment.  You prepare yourself to greet your students daily.  You work long past the dismissal bell.  You worry through the night.   You unknowingly become a safe space for many children. You rarely break during the day to attend to your needs, focusing on those of your students.  You probably call them “your kids” and they have probably accidentally called you mom or dad as you have nurtured them, just like family should.  You open eyes to wisdoms while searching to unlock varied learning styles.  You encourage those eyes to search within for talents and to look beyond you both.  You see them, you spark them and you set a fire.

Teacher, your kids stand up taller, they speak with more confidence, they smile wider.  You made them understand, believe and be an integral part of something that you have created.  You leave them better than they were before; you are thanked and you are cherished.  You are recalled in the recesses of their minds as they move along the paths you’ve lit for them.  You are the silent prayer when it gets too hard or too tough.  You are remembered as those paths become travelled.  You are invisible but present in their homes, among their friendships, backing up their contributions in work and society.  You remain part of their generations to come.  You are hope that all these things will be. 

As I said in the beginning, the world will forget, but you know that one – your kid – who will always remember.  Thanks for being there for them.  All they needed was you, Teacher.