We have collected some resources that might be helpful to families and educators during these challenging times. First, though, we want to offer some unsolicited advice. Be gentle with yourself. If that online assignment or other school-related task is just too much for you and your child to deal with right now, let it go. Today, you might simply need to prioritize simpler things, such as making sure your child gets some fresh air or plays a game with you. One of our neighbors told us that her goal for today is to teach her 11-year-old to clean up the kitchen after dinner. In these uncertain times, it can be helpful for adults and children alike to focus on small, immediate, achievable goals.
If you find you are looking for resources that might benefit your children or students in your class, however, we have found a few. We thank the educators on the Belin-Blank Center’s Educators listserv for calling some of these resources to our attention and we are grateful that some of these simply showed up in our inbox.
Iowa Department of Education Resources page. Resources for students, parents and educators during COVID-19.
https://wideopenschool.org/. Free materials for homeschooling efforts. Click on the “educator” or “family” tab.
Free resources for high school students.
A collection of resources gathered by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. These are resources for the general public. They include social/emotional development, social studies, math, literacy, and music.
A fairly comprehensive list of social studies resources for remote learning.
This doc includes a virtual field trip every day through May.