It is March 27, 2020, and we’re about two weeks into the coronavirus adventure. I’ve been sick with bronchitis, recovering slowly, and experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms — I haven’t seen my students since the beginning of March. I’m finally feeling better enough to make some touch, maybe schedule some Zoom video visits, and have meanwhile been hearing about SO many resources for parents who are trying to fill the roles of teachers and cafeteria workers and entertainers in addition to just keeping their kids healthy. I can’t even imagine!
So, here are some sites I’ve run across that might be helpful. It’s likely that you’ve seen some of them before. I know that teachers are doing their best to keep students engaged in learning, and they may have passed these along themselves.
The office supply store, Staples, put out this very basic set of Lessons in Learning from Home that may be a good place to start. They list four basic principles with short descriptions — a quick read, very basic.
- Give Kids a Choice
- Use Free Tools (several listed)
- Keep It Moving
- Celebrate Wins
I heard a great episode of the NYT The Daily podcast this morning on which a virus expert answers kids’ questions about the coronavirus:
Podcast — Kids’ Guide to the Coronavirus (30 min)
The following guide includes many links to valuable resources for math, reading and writing.
How to Homeschool during the Coronavirus
Storyline Online — many, many books read aloud with full-screen illustrations, some animated. Amazing resource!
Steve Hartman does an “On the Road” segment on CBS News … I’m assuming along the lines of what Charles Kuralt used to do? This week (March 23-26), he made four half-hour videos that comprise a class for kids called Kindness 101. I watched them all, and was entranced. His young daughter kind of cohosts, and the lessons are invaluable. Great for kids of all ages (even the ones who think they’re too old for this kind of thing!) and adults as well. Click any of the words to link to that respective video.
There is so much out there! We are fortunate that this virus waited for a time of technological wonders! Please stay safe and well. More to come!