Learning Ideas for Families

  • Teachers and other staff members created a list of ideas to help students continue learning at home when school is not in session.

    Elementary

    Read

    • To yourself, or to someone else
    • Listen to stories like audiobooks and podcasts for kids
    • Read the room at home - start with food labels like a cereal box

    Write  

    • A letter to a family member, a teacher, or a community hero
    • A nature diary about what you see changing outside 
    • A play and act it out
    • A book and illustrate your story

    Build 

    • Using boxes, cards, cans, sticks, or recycling
    • A reading fort
    • An obstacle course outside
    • Your vocabulary-- learn new words in English and other languages
    • A game for a younger child

    Create

    • Photographs using a camera phone or disposable camera
    • Puppets made out of old socks
    • A drawing of what you see. Make a map of your house, your street, or your neighborhood
    • Flashcards, and make up math games.
    • New costumes by dressing up and playing with makeup or face paint

    Move

    • Make up a dance to a favorite song
    • Set a timer and race yourself
    • Go for a walk and tell an adventure story
    • Walk up stairs and count them by 1s, 2s, 3s, or 10s

    Save

    • Energy by finding the electrical devices in each room. Where can you save electricity?
    • Make a new recipe, and get creative to use leftover ingredients. Make up a new recipe
    • Make a toy bath with lots of soapy bubbles 

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    Middle School & High School

    Read

    • Everything: books, magazines, news… 
    • Talk about current events. What news sources are helpful?
    • Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
    • Watch documentaries about subjects you are interested in

    Write

    • A list of goals to achieve during this time, and the steps needed to attain them What do you want to learn more about, or get better at?
    • Letters to family, friends, teachers, and heroes
    • Stories using your favorite characters from books, tv, or movies
    • Essays for college applications and scholarships
    • An alternate ending to a favorite book

    Create

    • A journal of this time-- write, draw, or record your thoughts every day
    • Art: dance, instrumental, voice, or acting performances; drawings, paintings, costumes
    • A list of college and career ideas (take quizzes and explore in Xello)
    • A graphic novel or comic book

    Build

    • A daily schedule that includes time to work toward your goals
    • Fix things that need repair
    • Knowledge for younger students. Teach them to multiply, divide, or solve for x.

    Move 

    • Go outside: walk, run, bike, or stretch
    • Work on individual goals to run faster, lift more, jump higher, or practice a new skill
    • Practice yoga

    Save

    • Cook for your family, and get creative to use leftover ingredients. Make up a new recipe.
    • Think about what gets used in your household. How can you rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle?

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