Due to the famous coronavirus sweeping the nation, schools all over are closing for weeks at a time. As a teacher, I can't stress the importance of parents not allowing kids to spend these off days glued to the tv, or attached to any electronic device. But as a mother, who is now working remotely from home, I understand how difficult it can be to try to take on the role of teacher. Aside from not having the time or patience to homeschool your kids all day, parents are also lost on what they should be doing with their kids. Here are 4 ways to keep the learning going in your home.
I am a huge fan of flash cards because you can use them for so many different things and they make learning fun They can be used to teach younger kids their alphabets and numbers.You can use them to help your child practice their sight words or math facts to help build fluency. You can have your kids play a matching game, or even bring them outside and do a sight word hunt (call out a word and have students run to hide correct card and bring to you) The possibilities are endless and it literally takes like 2 minutes to make the cards.
Did you know that a student who reads only 20 minutes a day ill be exposed to 1.8 million words a year and has a greater chance of scoring in the 90th percentile on standardized test. Give reading a designated time slot in your house were everyone unplugs and reads for 30 minutes. Older siblings can read to your siblings, or parents can read to the whole family. Audi-books count too!
Stem projects provide great hands on activities that helps make math and science fun. Stem activities help enhance creativity, develop hand-eye coordination, teaches problem solving, encourages knowledge application and the list goes on. You can buy complete kits from Amazon, or you can go on Pinterest for ideas.
4.)Online Educational Platforms
Most parents are working remotely from home at this time, which can make it hard for parents to teach kids. Lucky for us, we live in the 20th century and there's so many educational website available to kids. There's ABC mouse for your younger kids, and they are offering a free membership right now with code school3673. Other online resources you can use for all ages are BrainPop, Curiosity Stream, Tynker, Outschool, Udemy, iReady Beast Academy (Math), Khan Academy, Creative Bug and Discovery Education.