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Ready to Pull Your Hair Out?

I did not sign up for this!  We realize that homeschooling was not a part of your original plan.  We are “taking our kid(s) to work” every day now.  It can get to be a bit hectic.  Remote Learning is in no way a replacement for a regular school day. You did not study to be a teacher, you’re a parent and there’s no manual for parenting.  And to top it off; unlike to the classroom teacher, you don’t have the answer key! 

Do you just throw them on a device or put them in front of a screen so you can get your work done?  Maybe allow them to have recess for two hours.  Is there any way to make this easier? 

There is no right or wrong answer.  You have been doing a great job.  We are in our fifth week of this new normal and we have at least four more to go.  If you have not done so already, be sure to:

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

“Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”

  1. Create a schedule that works for you. (I have incorporated nap time into my 8 year olds schedule to keep us all sane!  He’s an early riser, and I find that it helps him and keeps us from having to correct his behaviors while we are attempting to work)  

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/naps.html

Our schedule is very fluid and changes as needed.  We stick to a Loose/Tight…Loose, recess could be longer or shorter…Tight, no TV between 9-3.

  1. Establish rules for when and how to interrupt when you are working.

*If you are having difficulty with your work packet, skip that question, do what you can and I will help when I get off of my Zoom call.

*Do not sit next to your brother; sit across from him while working.

*If you can not work quietly at the kitchen table, you will work in either the dining room or the basement!

  1. Chores are a great way to keep them occupied and teach them responsibility.

Chores

Laundry Sorting

Empty trash cans and replace bags. 

Load/Unload Dishwasher

Cooking-Make your breakfast/lunch

Make up bed

Clean Room

Keep bathroom organized

Clean up work area

Clean up eating area

 

If you’re feeling as if the kids are spending a lot of time in front of a screen, with their normal tech time as well as remote learning; then try a few “old-fashioned” board games.  They offer hours of fun as well as provide learning opportunities without the kids even realizing it.

https://www.gameology.com.au/blogs/news/the-amazing-benefits-of-playing-board-games

Fun Family Games

Problem Solving

Deductive Reasoning

Reading/Lang Development

Patterns/Following Directions

Jenga

Chess

Scrabble

Simon

Guess Who

Checkers

Boggle

Mancala

Headbandz

Clue

 

Bop It

Puzzles

Uno

   
 

Mastermind

   
 

Connect Four

   
 

Battleship

   

 

Trying to find ways to keep your children occupied?  Not thrilled with some of the current children’s programs; sassy kids outsmarting aloof parents?  Missing the days of fund programs that incorporate learning and/or life lessons. Check out the resources below.

Television programs that promote learning:

Pre K-1st 

Science

ELA

Math

Cross Curricular

Social Interaction

Music and Art

Social Studies/Geography

Wild Krats-PBS

Reading Rainbow-Prime Video

Biz Kids-Prime Video

Sesame Street-PBS/Hulu

Recess-Disney +

Little Einstein-Disney +

Carmen Sandiego-Netflix

Odd Squad-PBS

Word World-PBS

 

Electric Company-HBO Now

Mister Rogers-PBS

 

The Who Was Show-Netflix

Ready Jet Go-PBS

Super Why!-PBS

   

Arthur-PBS

   

Sid the Science Kid-PBS/Netflix

The Book of Once Upon a Time-Disney +

         

The Magic School Bus-Netflix

           

Sci Girls-PBS

           

The Magic School Bus Rides Again-Netflix

           

The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That-PBS/Netflix

           

Bill Nye the Science Guy-Prime Video

           

*Disney+ provides access to National Geographic movies and documentaries.