BY: RACHEL WUMKES
It’s been playing in my head all morning. That old Alice Cooper rock song. While many of the lyrics are not appropriate to post on a blog of this sort, the first line of the chorus seems fitting for our current situation.
What a crazy world we live in right now. Remember last year when we all (and by ‘we all’ I mean ME) complained about school being closed for 3 days when the boys went to State Basketball and then the following week was Spring Break? Seems pretty silly right now, doesn’t it? Our kids will remember this for a lifetime. They’ll tell their kids about it, who will likely tell their kids about it.
Someday, it’ll all be a memory and we’ll wonder how we made it through.
Well, we’re Clear Laker’s, that’s how we’ll make it through this. I have the utmost faith in our school district and our teaching staff that they will do everything in their power to help parents as we navigate through uncertain times. I have no worries that any resources we need will be provided and help offered for whoever needs it.
Now is the time to pull together. To keep our chins up and help one another – all while keeping a safe social distance from other humans and diligently practicing good hygiene and hand-washing!
I have seen countless info-graphics and website links for fun activities and ideas to keep your little ones busy for the next 30 days. I've gathered a list of some options I think might be relevant for you; however, keep in mind that there are literally HUNDREDS of more options for online learning and such.
Now, I know it’s crazy overwhelming, as this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s available out there. Be sure to check into online apps and such for free codes. Many companies are offering them for the time being and likely are not included on this list.
Now, parents, take a deep breath. Your child does not need to tackle everything today. We’ve got 30 days. Let’s take it one day at a time. One activity at a time.
We’re Clear Laker’s, you guys. We’ve got this!
See ya – virtually, or within a safe social distance – at the Lake!
✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
✅Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/
✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/
✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printabl…/
✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
✅ Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
✅Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/
✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html
✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Lite…/Price-Range/Free
✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
✅80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/…/n…/80-free-science-activities
✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everyth…
✅Spelling 1-4 grade
✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/
✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/
✅Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/