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School From Home And Other Thoughts

March 27, 2020
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

This is our second week in survival mode with the threat of Coronavirus - COVID-19. It has become the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Schools are closed and people are advised to stay home. That was an abrupt change for families with school children. All of a sudden, children were home all day, every day. This has created challenges for students and their parents. What to do with the kids?

Grandchildren in DODEA schools in Germany were sent home with packets of online learning resources and an activity packet. Their teachers have made things as interactive and engaging for the kids as possible. They have FaceTime sessions two to three times a week and daily lessons.

Their home school schedule in the house begins with morning recess, then online work, lunch, art and reading, workbooks, followed by an afternoon walk and concluding with an hour of TV shows.

Home schooling sounds like a stressful situation. But when you think of all the things we adults do in a day, everything is a learning situation.

Baking just about anything is a math lesson that includes fractions - a half a cup of this and a fourth of a teaspoon of that - and, it also includes lessons in telling time and learning the value of patience. The reward is yummy.

Cuddle up together and read, read, read. Read aloud to your children. Take turns reading aloud. Have children read their books aloud to you. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time together and sharpen everyone's reading skills.

Play games together. How about a scavenger hunt??If the weather gets a little nicer (no rain in the forecast next week) have a family scavenger hunt in your yard. Everyone needs some fresh air every day. Play "I Spy" outdoors or in.

On these rainy days, build a fort in the living room and camp out for a while. Or, pretend the living room is a gym where everyone can do jumping jacks or run in place.

And, I recently read somewhere that "gardening has not been cancelled." Put a little soil in a jar or a pot and plant a seed or two. Kids will get great satisfaction seeing something grow after they carefully tend the little plants.

A little TV time is always in order, just not an entire day. We all need to get used to watching pre-recorded shows and re-runs of just about everything. These shows will have crowds of people and that's just not happening any more.

We are advised to keep a social distance of 8 to 10-feet. We are also advised that we should confine ourselves to groups of no more than 10 people. It all makes sense.

Our new rule is an old rule:?wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. And remember to sanitize everything, including you cell phone and electronic devices.

We want everyone to be well.



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