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Teresa Wikkerink, Elmira, ON
I imagine that those of you who have school-aged children are busy gathering information and figuring out how to do on-line school with your kiddos. I am sure many of you are asking “how can I keep my kids interested their learning?”
Feel free to share some ways your kids are involved in on-line learning and how you are doing as a “home-school” parent. You can leave a comment on this page or reach out to us via our “click to connect” email button.
Our daughter, Lydia, is presently home with her four children. Her older two are in JK and SK and she does want to keep them interested in learning. Life is very full and busy as they are not going anywhere or having any play dates. She has craft buckets available for days when they are stuck inside – crafts give natural opportunities for learning such as writing their names, counting, making stories, planning and retelling what is happening in their pictures.
When the weather allows, they go outside and do a lot of exploring. They love playing with sticks, water, mud and stones.
On the weekend, their dad helped the older three make bird houses, taking one at a time to the shop. This was a great opportunity to have dad all to themselves and learn by using math for measuring, cutting, and fitting the pieces together. Their bird houses are each very unique as they are painted differently, and each bird house is perfectly “imperfect.”
Lydia and her husband Nick have always limited screen time with the kids, but during this time of isolation, this is a challenge. The kids have devices similar to iPads with educational games on them and are allowed to be on them for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.
Each day at 3pm the Cincinnati Zoo has live animal encounters! Just visit their FB page at 3pm – your older kiddos will love it.
Let an astronaut read the bedtime story from space! Click here
This is a great site for free home schooling resources. Even if you can’t print them out, you can take some of the ideas and re-create them yourself: Click here
Teach your kids the importance of handwashing with this fun experiment: Click here
Get some exercise and have fun with cosmic yoga – the kids love it! Click here
Each family needs to find a way that works for them; finding where their strengths are, finding opportunities where they can explore, create memories and enhance their relationships in their own unique ways.
AND….let’s remember to be kind to ourselves.
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