In the wake of Covid-19, there are so many of us who will have our children at home for the coming weeks/months because of school closures and social distancing. A lot of you may be stuck indoors with small children and trying to keep your kids busy while school is canceled, and were not prepared to homeschool for weeks. As a new homeschooling mom who has done lots of research since we made the decision to homeschool last year, I wanted to put together some of my favorite resources in hopes that it will help any of you mamas/dads who are home with your kiddos right now! First of all, ENJOY it!!! I would really encourage you to relax and enjoy the time at home with your kids and consider spending time interacting in meaningful ways while they are home. Read to them every day, bake together, watch some good movies, get outside together, go on walks, craft together, play board games, paint, try new recipes and have them help, read outside, have outdoor backyard picnics, build forts, have conversations, catch bugs, watch documentaries, relax and be still, and take naps and cuddle those babes if you can. I totally get that it is HARD and it is stressful, and hopefully some of these resources and activities can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety you may feel. We are all in this together!
Just a reminder, homeschool is NOT the same as public school. You do NOT have to recreate public school in your living room. As a matter of fact, do NOT try to replicate public school at home. That is the beauty and freedom of homeschooling! 🙂 You don’t have to feel pressured to do every single thing, every single day. Please don’t put that pressure on yourself. If you read to your child for 30 minutes, that is plenty and you are doing a great job. You do not have to be an expert or have a teaching degree to teach your children at home. Take this time to just BE with your kiddos, and take or leave these resources as you wish. This is a time to soak up the joy of learning as a family. In most cases, your kids can learn together, even across different ages and grade levels. You can learn with them too, mama. I really would love to speak freedom over your hearts- you do not need a rigid schedule or worksheets or book curriculum to teach your kids. Be easy on yourself. YOU CAN DO THIS!
Rooting for you, mama!!
Many educational apps and websites are waiving fees due to school closings, here is a current list that is being continually updated!!
Favorite Amazon Prime activities:
Water beads// These are such a fun playtime activity for all ages! Perfect for indoor or outdoors. Markers// This is a huge set of 80 markers and includes some scented and unique colors. I stocked up on drawing pads, markers, and crayons to keep my girls busy when we have to stay indoors. Jigsaw Puzzles// Great activity to keep littles busy! Sidewalk Chalk// So fun for outside! No Spill Bubbles// These are awesome because they don’t spill or tip over! Playdoh// A favorite activity for keeping little ones busy indoors. Jump ropes// We plan on spending lots of time outside in the backyard, so fun items like jump ropes and hula hoops are great to have. Big Activity Workbook// Fantastic wipe clean workbook for kids! Dry Erase Board// We use these ALL the time for homeschooling! Whether the girls are practicing math problems or drawing, this personal size is perfect for learning at home. Kindergarten workbook// Great reviews and available in different grades for all ages. Science book for kids// We have two of these books and they are filled with fun at-home science experiments!
I created this little pen/marker station filled with pencils, markers, dry erase markers, pens, and notebooks. My girls can grab whatever they need to be creative throughout the day.
Favorite family indoor games!
Favorite educational/fun shows for learning:
On that note, Disney+ is adding FROZEN 2 (3 months early) to their platform this weekend!!!! Yayy!!!
I hope this is helpful! If this serves you, awesome! If it is not helpful and more overwhelming for you, please feel free to skip and ignore everything I wrote. I plan to keep updating this list over the next several weeks, so feel free to refer back to this in the coming days!
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14