With the current state of affairs in California, we all find ourselves in a unique and strange situation. In the back of our minds, we are wondering if this is the “new normal.” We hope that the situation resolves to the point we can all continue with our regular lives but for the time being families will be assisting children with distance learning.
As we start on this journey of distance learning, we need to remember a few key points.
Preschool Age Children:
Children ages 0-5 learn best through play and interaction. Since we are in a state of shelter in place, it is a difficult time to give your children interactions with children their own ages. For the time being family members will be the main source of interaction. Here are some ideas of things you can do together to help preschool children learn.
You can also find many ideas for activities on Pinterest, Google, and YouTube. For internet security, be sure to preview videos prior to showing them to your children or watch with them.
School Age Children:
Children grades TK-5 learn very differently. It is best to assess your child’s abilities and create a plan based upon their individual ability. However, children in TK-1 still very much learn through play and interactions. One way to help engage them is to empower them to be the teacher. Let them teach you something or have them set up a classroom and teach their stuffed animals. However, as a parent of a school age child you should follow the direction of your child’s CUSD teacher.
Online Educational Resources:
Scholastic Learn at Home: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
National Geographic: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Fun Brain: https://www.funbrain.com/
Highlights Kids: https://www.highlightskids.com/
Google Earth: https://www.google.com/earth/
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/
Doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
We hope some of these ideas will help during this time.