The Kids are Home... Now What?

Making the most of school closure

Dear Parents,

Although we are sending lessons home for your children, the days are long when school is canceled. We also wanted to promote overall enrichment, whole child learning, and wellness. Every family's schedule will be different, but having structure to at-home activity will help you enjoy the time in healthy, happy and productive ways.

A Sample Day

While the purpose is not to impose a structure but rather to offer ideas for how to break up times of schoolwork with other types of activities. Your day should offer a menu of options; you and your child(ren) can pick and choose in a way that helps the family accomplish all their goals.

8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 A time for school-based activities

10:00 Physical activities

11:00 the arts, hands-on creativity

12:00 lunch-making

1:00 Second session of school-based activity

2:00 More physical activity

3:00 Healthy snack & free choice

4:00 read and relax

5:00 Games

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

Great topics for studying together

Here are three topics you could research with your child that we've also been exploring at school: