Welcome to week one of social distancing! As we re-configure our lives around the changes of schooling, work and socializing, we need to remember, these are not snow days. I’m seeing that a lot on the news feeds I follow. How do we keep our young ones moving forward without benefit of camps, or vacation, or neighborhood snow day parties?
Looking for ideas to supplement what your school provided? Let’s start with this ones that are not about "ed tech"...
Children’s Screen time Action Network has scheduled an event in May, called Screen Free Week https://www.screenfree.org/. I think we can get a head start! Check out their resources page for activities, templates, and organizer. Here’s a direct link to their daily worksheet to make everyone feel organized: http://bit.ly/2x1DBwg and the activity log: https://www.screenfree.org/project/activity-log/.
These next ones are online resources for you. But they enable engagement with book and real world activities.
Reading Rockets - https://www.readingrockets.org/
“Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.” Find resources to help struggling readers who need structured literacy, as well as suggested books.
Start With a Book - https://www.startwithabook.org/
In the Summer Science section, you will find Space Rangers and River Rangers. In each, you can download the toolkit includes topics for exploration through fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, new vocabulary, and fun writing prompts. Space Rangers includes a space exploration timeline, a list of inventions from space, complete book and vocabulary lists, as well as printable name tags, journal covers, certificates, and Growing Readers tip sheets are included in the Appendix. River Rangers has similar resources, plus resources specific to the DC Metro area.
Engineering Activities for Kids
For more science, try this list of activities from an engineering educator, http://bit.ly/2U7DIOP. This is a google doc which can be saved your account. Links in the document take you to “how to” sites.
Set good boundaries, don't overplan...but don’t fear boredom
Just like telework for our jobs, learning from home will be most effective if there is some structure and a few boundaries. Do some planning, but be alert for the teachable moments. And do encourage time for play at all ages, as that will be good for their mental health and yours.
Specifically for our high school familes, our IB and AP students are especially vulnerable to stress right now. Testing for them is still scheduled to start May 4. Encourage breaks from their online coursework.