If you have not yet read Part 1 of Homeschool Survival Tips, don’t miss it! There are some great videos that teach kids about kindness, plus several tips on teaching from home. You can access it here.
So, parents have had to take on the role of homeschooling, I hope with lots of help from their kids’ teachers! We at Morris Tutoring have had our own learning curve as we adjust to tutoring students using online apps.
I did my first two sessions yesterday and today, with two more coming up tomorrow. What an adventure! Not only do I have to find a surface of the right height on which to rest my portable whiteboard, but also to get my position and lighting adjusted so there is no glare. My first sessions were longer than expected because of this, but I only charged for the hour — it’s getting easier, but I would never make you pay for the time it takes ME to learn!
I’m also open to meeting with my current students for 20-30 minutes at no charge, just to catch up and see their faces! I’ve only done that a few times, and won’t be able to keep it up if there is too much demand, but it’s been fun. The kids I’ve seen informally are young, so I spend some time reading to them. One of my students also enjoys reading to me. I can’t help being a teacher — I made a list of the words she stumbled on and am sending them to her to practice before next time! She recommended two games that she and her family are enjoying — details below.
A couple we know who live in Phoenix are currently in Syracuse, NY helping welcome their new grandbaby into the world. Grandpa arrived there a couple of weeks ago, before the baby was born, and one big job he took on was keeping company with the older sister who is 3½. He wrote last night that he took her on a walk to a school playground with the specific goal of playing on the swings and found that the park was, due to COVID-19, closed. He wrote “While she cried actively, it broke my heart to have to pull her away after we had walked there specifically to swing.” I imagine parents and grandparents around the world are in the same situation, trying to explain to young children why they are being prohibited from doing fun things.
I have read a couple of good articles (see below) on explaining the pandemic to kids. Many of you have older kids who will be more ready to take in and understand information. It’s tough with 3- and 4-year-olds. Fortunately, many of them tend to “live in the moment,” so keeping them busy will probably help. (I know I make that sound easy, but I know it’s not!)
Don’t miss the humor section! There’s a video of a dog telling about his experience of the coronavirus that is very funny — just adjust your ears to a higher pitch!
TALKING to KIDS about CORONAVIRUS
Explain coronavirus to kids
Help Quarantined Kids Stay Calm and Collected. Go to the Urban Monk website, scroll down to “Latest Stories” and look for “Help Quarantined Kids Stay Calm and Collected.”
- Roller Coaster Challenge ($28 on Amazon) for one player age 6+. This is an engineering challenge! I imagine kids who like Legos may also like this. I know plenty of adults who would also find it fun and interesting. There are various levels of challenge. You can watch a video about it here. And here’s a link to buy it.
- Villainous ($20 for basic game) for 2-3 people age 10+, and there are expansion options. It appears to be a role-playing game along the lines of Dungeons & Dragons, but with villainous Disney characters. Watch here, and order it here.
A dog gives tips on how to deal with the Coronavirus — very silly and well worth watching!