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F.A.S.T. @ Home: Virtual zoom - Open Invitation
On October 1st, One City will begin its TENTH (10th), eight-week cycle of FAST - and, notably, due to the pandemic, this will be our firstFAST@HOME session .
Feel free to click on each family link below to add to their “Kudos Board” with your congratulations. What a keepsake!
Wickler Family (remote): 5K Teacher, Melissa Gobourne
Seiberlich Family (remote): 5K Teacher, Melissa Gobourne
Rico-McKeen Family (remote): 4K Teacher, Michelle Bibb
McNeil Family (in person): 1st Grade Teacher, Boyce Hodge
Martin Family (remote): 5K Teacher, Amira Caire
Garcia Family (in person): 4K Teacher, Michelle Bibb
Ako-Drews Family (Twin boys; in person): 5K Teacher, Melissa Gobourne & Amira Caire
Abaraca Family (remote): 5K Teacher, Amira Caire
So, what will happen each week and every Thursday night for EIGHT consecutive weeks from 6 - 8:00 pm over ZOOM?
Mealtime during FAST at Home is a special time when the family is given a nutritional meal to eat together.
Eating a meal together as a family helps to make families stronger and gives them an opportunity to talk about their day and other topics. Many families have limited opportunities to do this because their lives are so busy. While we are all staying home right now, it is a good time to try to eat together as a family.
Provides a way for all the families to know one another.
When parents are in charge of this process, it reinforces the hierarchy of the family, which contributes to stronger families.
Music establishes a feeling of family or group cohesion andof belonging.
Children enjoy singing, which raises the fun factor. Music is an ice breaker and contributes to reducing stress and helps build community.
Only FAST Families know the FAST Song, which makes it special.
Scribbles is a fun draw-and-talk family game for all ages.
It helps build communication in the family.
Sharing feelings within a family and having one’s feelings understood is very important.
Sharing feelings builds closer bonds and also builds self-esteem.
FAST gives families the opportunity to open up and share feelings with each other.
What better time than during a crisis or uncertainty for families to talk to each other about their feelings regarding what is happening around them?
Children and youth do not always readily offer to share their feelings. Be patient and watch for clues for when they may be ready.
Engaging in activities that may provide a safe space and/or provoke conversations around feelings may assist children in opening up about how they are feeling.
During Kid’s Time, children participate in activities together while parents are in the Parent Group.
This is an opportunity for children to be with their peers and develop or enhance friendships.
Focuses on strengthening parent-to-parent bonds by providing parents an opportunity for one-to-one conversations with each other.
Gives adults who may be parenting as a “single parent” or who have a limited social support system to have an opportunity to have a one-to-one conversation with another adult.
During stressful times, it is important that we have an opportunity to relate to another adult and have support.
Parents can also reach out to other adults each day to support each other.
Gives parents a chance to discuss relevant topics and begin to form or strengthen relationships.
Provides a forum for discussing sensitive issues in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Increases a parent’s feelings of connectedness and decreases his or her isolation.
Parents who have built relationships can work together in other areas of life to relieve stress, resolve problems, and increase opportunities.
It is not for teaching parents how to be parents.
Confidentiality is extremely important and should be respected.
Can be separated by gender if parents prefer.
Special Play is one of the most important activities of the FAST at Home program.
Gives parents one-to-one time with their child and has the child lead the play.
Open-ended and undirected and allows the parent to relate to their child on their terms.
Provides the opportunity for parents to have one-to-one Special Play time with each of their children.
Used as an incentive to encourage program attendance and retention.
Each week a family (or families) wins a basket of family-focused items in a rig-type drawing.
Team members secretly choose the family who wins, and every family wins once.
Winning as a family also provides an opportunity for reciprocity;
The winning family is asked to give back to the participating families or within their families in some special way within the FAST at Home model.
Final activity of a FAST at Home session. !e Closing Circle
It's time for announcements, such as recognizing birthdays, anniversaries, or making announcements of any upcoming school or community event or resources for families.
After announcements, families participate in “RAIN,” which is a nonverbal exercise that makes everyone feel special and is a way to foster a feeling of closeness within the family at home or with other families virtually participating in FAST.
FAST Team presents (or arrange to have a presentation on)information of interest to the parents.
Parents should be given the opportunity to determine the focus of the presentation.
Team members can consult with the parents in the Parent Group or through individual conversations about their thoughts on any topic.
Designed to simulate an actual graduation and is a celebration for everyone - parents, children, and team members.
For some FAST at Home parents, this will be their first graduation, so it is a special time.
Team members and parents work together to plan graduation.
Special guests, such as the principal, can be invited to participate in a virtual or at home graduation ceremony (i.e., cruise-by ceremony).