We’ve included a few sample schedules from a teacher and one that went wild on social media this weekend. If you are interested and able, you can keep your children on a similar routine they are on at school to make this transition easier on everyone. If you’d like to create your own schedule, click here to change this one and make it your own.
Below you will find some options of creative activities to do with your child this week. Please comment on this post with your ideas so we can all take advantage of everyone’s ideas and tag us on Instagram so we can see the ideas. Make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram as we will post the many ideas we find from our community each day!
Links to the ideas from the above image:
Take a nature walk and use this cute scavenger hunt for kids to stay engaged. We also take a trash bag to collect trash as well as gloves and small shovels. Some of our favorites and the closest to DC are Great Falls, Rock Creek Park, Turkey Run, Scott’s Run.
Create a schedule for your kids to hop on a Zoom call with classmates or Facetime. Older kids may use Play Station and other gaming options to virtually meet each other. Your kids are going to miss their friends and this is a nice way to connect.
Monochromatic assemblage via kaliteachesart
Louise Nevelson became well known for her monochromatic (which means: one color ) assemblages. Assemblage is art that is made by assembling or bringing together different elements, often everyday objects, scavenged by the artist or bought specially.
1. Pick a color. Look around your home for at least 15 objects of that color. They should also be: no larger than the palm of your hand and must be different shapes and sizes (you can not use more than one of the same thing)
2. Arrange objects to create a specific shape; a circle, triangle, rectangle, square or other shape of your choice, maybe something less familiar…be creative!
Play a board game from your stacks in the playroom. We play a game and decide if we still enjoy it. This will be one of many ways, our family donates things we no longer need or want.
Family Canvas Challenge which typically takes four weeks to complete but if everyone is home you can work on it more quickly. After you click the above link to get the starter email you will get all of the information on how to begin. Here are some materials worth purchasing and having on hand.
Large canvas or a pack of smaller ones (we have these on hand all of the time), assortment of paint brushes, Tempra paints, acrylic paint pens, stencils and liquid watercolor.
Make a recipe together! Our third grader loves to bake and is motivated when he is able to research and find a recipe and then create it on his own or with help. Support your local bookstores and grab a cookbook or look up a recipe online. We love these knives for when our kids help in the kitchen.
Who doesn’t love receiving snail mail? Everyone! Challenge your children to write a letter each day to someone special Here is a list of other ideas to encourage writing.
The Smithsonian may be closed but don’t fret you can virtually visit 12 famous museums!
This is also a great resource someone started which shows you a list of educational websites that are waiving sign-up fees and encouraging parents to take advantage of with children home.
Whittle School offers online resources for parents.
Need groceries delivered instead of going into a store? Try Imperfect Foods!