As this school year comes to a close (thankfully), it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep children engaged working remotely in our new “homeschools”. Here are a few learning activities to give our kids and now, students, a much-needed break from the “pencil-paper” or “Chromebook-zombie” learning. Check out these 5 activities to spark engagement and revitalized energy and investment to the learning happening inside your home.
1) Attend a Virtual Cooking Class:
Delish.com is offering FREE virtual cooking classes for kids and families during the coronavirus outbreak. Follow Delish on Instagram and join them LIVE for cooking together virtual classes every weekday at 1 pm EST featuring kid-friendly dishes like Eggo smores, taco mac & cheese, and homemade fruit rollups! Today, the featured dish is Baja chicken bowls and I can’t wait to try them!
2) Visit the Zoo ONLINE:
The Cincinnati Zoo Brings the Zoo to YOU! During this unprecedented time, the Cincinnati Zoo is bringing their safari to kids and families through their Facebook Live events. View short videos of African painted dogs or Fiona, the hippo, on the Cincinnati Zoo’s Instagram Page. This is a fun way to incorporate science, especially for those future veterinarians.
3) Sign up to Receive FREE Magazine Subscriptions:
TIME for Kids is offering a FREE digital library with FREE editions of the TIME for Kids magazine through the remainder of the school year. TIME for Kids magazine offers free worksheets and quizzes for families and includes financial literacy resources. For kids 13 years of age and older, The New York Times is offering FREE high school digital access, but students must contact their school administrator for access to this resource.
4) Tour the Great Wall of China:
Are you craving a family vacation, but find it incredibly difficult to get away during this pandemic? Try a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China for just $5. Travel may not be ideal right now, but eventually, we will all be exploring the world again. Get a head start by learning about the history, culture, and beauty of the Great Wall of China.
The current state of our country has been difficult for some and devastating for others, particularly vulnerable populations. One way to continue learning while also spreading goodness to others is to involve ourselves and our children in giving. Consider calling nursing homes to provide a listening ear to residents or making cards and games for them to play while isolated. Become a pen pal by sending weekly positive messages and well wishes. ADOPT A SENIOR! All across the country there are high school graduates unable to celebrate this major milestone in their lives. Pledge to send a senior a gift card, snacks, or congratulatory letter to express support and encouragement for this accomplishment in their lives. Better yet, make your little ones write the letter and come up with a gift of their choice.
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Porsche Chisley is the Owner of Chisley Consulting Group, LLC. and the Sow Gifted Blog. Porsche specializes in School Improvement & Innovation and also enjoys talking all things related to God, parenting and equity and advocacy for children and families. Learn more about Porsche by subscribing to the Sow Gifted Blog and by following her on Facebook and Instagram.