We are all dealing with a new life as COVID 19 has suddenly turned every furloughed/laid-off/working from home parent into a teacher.
I picked up the ball and ran with it. I have a Kindergartner, a pre-schooler and a toddler here. I don’t have any kind of colored skills poster or big lesson plans, but I’m doing my best to keep it light, fun and still focus on some learning.
We are including quiet time, screen time, crafts, writing, reading, outside time, and home skills too!
For those of you looking for inspiration coming up with ideas to keep your little kids occupied for the morning (DON’T try to teach ALLL day!), I’ll share my daily tasks with you here. I’ll include any links I use at the bottom of each story too.
Sound good? Let’s go!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
We start every morning now by incorporating the Kindergartner’s videos from his Elementary School. They have a YouTube Channel that plays the Morning Announcements (Pledge of Allegiance, what today’s lesson of the day, etc.). It’s a great way to add a constant to every morning. Then, we watch the morning meeting with his Kindergarten teacher. After that, we get to Dad’s portion of the teaching.
Here’s where you know this is reality! Our third day of “Dad School” was our Kindergartner’s 6th birthday. How could we force school on a day like this?
After the morning announcements and meeting with is teacher – we more of less took the day off. He is head-over-heels for Pokemon now and we’ve allowed him to download Pokemon Go on our phones. He studies these little critters and knows them ALL!
We took him and his sisters out and drove around the more touristy parts of our neighboring towns so he could catch Pokemon, battle in gyms, and spin Poke-stops to his heart’s delight (from the safety of the back seat in our minivan).
We headed back home for lunch, naps for the little ones, and the Kindergartner had quiet project time (School Assigned Projects, LEGO, Pokemon cards, reading, etc.)
For all of you doing this home-teaching thing, you aren’t teachers. This is new to all of us. This is stressful. Even for Pokemon Go players! (read this cool New York Times article about how even Covid19 has changed how we video game!)
If you need validation for that stress and anxiety you’re feeling about this – consider yourself in the club. We’re all there. Every now and then, take an ANYTHING Day. It’s healthy for everyone to do it right now.
Stay Strong. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy!