courtesy Terra Costa Howard
In these anxious times, my heart goes out to all the parents who are taking on the important and challenging task of keeping their children’s educations on track.
Let’s be honest: Teaching is a tough job under the best of conditions. So I hope that all of you will be gentle with yourselves as you figure out how to keep your children engaged and involved in their lessons.
Here are some free online resources that may be helpful:
- Scholastic magazine is offering Learn at Home, with daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- Funbrain has some cool online games for students in pre-K through 8th grade.
- Brainpop is offering families free access to online resources while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
- Duolingo is a great resource for learning languages, for kids and adults alike.
- PBS Kids offers videos and games with characters that are familiar and friendly for younger children.
- I’m a big fan of Khan Academy, especially for older kids who need some extra practice in math. They’re also offering daily schedules to help you structure your time.
- NASA is offering some really cool resources for students in grades 5-8. And space lovers of any age will enjoy these beautiful space images. Your future astronaut also will love Amazing Space, the education arm of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
- If you and your children are missing your trips to the zoo, you can learn more about your favorite animals at National Geographic Kids.
- The Smithsonian Institution website is a phenomenal resource, for art, history, science, and society,
- Here’s a cool idea: “Virtual” field trips, from a trip to the Louvre to the Great Wall of China.
- If you want to have fun with your neighbors (safely), put on your dancing shoes for the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s ScribbleMonster show! Performers Jim and Jayne are welcoming to all children, including those with special needs. Join the online event this Thursday, April 2 at 10 am! Download Zoom and enter Meeting ID 657-047-233.
- For advice on dealing with stress and building resilience in your teens, I recommend the Glenbard Parent Series Take 5 video library, on YouTube.
We’ll be offering more resources for parents and children as we move forward. In the meantime, hang in there and stay safe.
Terra Costa Howard