If you’ve been on social media in the last few days, you’re seeing tons of different resources. We have compiled a few that we think may be the most helpful and beneficial. We are not claiming credit for any of these (& will give credit where credit is due), simply making a collection of resources for you.
Daily Schedule: Even though you won’t be doing a lot outside of the house, it’s important to set up a daily schedule. Structure is
important. Structure provides a sense of security and sets consistent expectations. Here is a schedule from Jessica McHale Photography that seems to fit the bill for the next few weeks. Click on the picture to the right for a larger version.
Outdoor Science Scavenger Hunts: When I was a BCPS teacher, I often used science resources by The Science Penguin. I really like her activities because they are hands on and allow for true exploration of science concepts. She has come up with free activities for kids to do at home. It includes 4 outdoor scavenger hunts and 4 life science experiments. Click here to get these resources at The Science Penguin website.
Virtual Field Trips: The fact of the matter is, in order for this temporary shut down to actually work and get us back to our regular lives, we need to stay home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a field trip. Travel + Leisure has made a list of 12 museums from around the world that virtual tours and exhibits. Click here to take a virtual field trip.
Productive Screen Time Ideas: We are lying if we say there won’t be screen time during this time. While there will definitely
be times for “free screen time”, you can also use “screen time” to practice and reinforce skills they’ve been learning. Exposure to educational websites will also keep them thinking and keep their minds engaged. Click on the picture to the right for a larger version.
Daily Learn @ Home Journeys: Everyone knows the name and brand of Scholastic. They have created grade-specific, exciting journeys for kids to complete online each day. Each day includes four separate learning experiences. They are cross-curricular and designed by educators to keep your kids engaged and thinking! Click here to access the Scholastic At Home Learning.