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Remembering to Breathe

March 15, 2020

Today we are all experiencing a new way of life.  A scary time and a very stressful time.


Children feel our stress, and hear so much more than we think they do.  Keep this in mind as you are sheltering in and trying to manage all of lifes changes and worries.  


Breathe and take a few minutes instead of reacting when you child upsets you.  Even when you are right.  Especially when you are right.  This is a time for teaching.  Teaching and disciplining are different things.  And the results of each action creates two different outcomes.

Take care and remember we all need to show our children patience and care.  We can get through this, and our children can thrive on their time with us. 

Great Activities for Children

March 22, 2020

Help for Parents with Kids at Home!

So you and your kiddos are at home. Now what? This is a golden opportunity to be intimately involved in your child’s education in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Lucky for us, with technology these days, we have a wealth of knowledge just a click away. (although, if you would like to wheel out your chalkboard, feel free!) 

You may already know many websites to send your children/students to, but if not, we are happy to help provide a few ideas for you. 


Please find below a few suggestions, although this is far from a complete list, it could be a good starting point. 


K-12 Curriculums

Discovery K12- Free 180 Day Home School Curriculum for all grades, K-12

http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

Khan Academy- Student Schedules for all Ages/Grades for an all day curriculum

docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub

NYC Department of Education- Learn at Home

https://pwsauth.nycenet.edu/learning/learn-at-home

Preschool/Elementary Age

VPK Learning Center- FSU has provided these wonderful reading resources for preschool kids

https://fcrr.org/resources/resources_vpk.html

Early Learning Academy- Free 30 Day Trial

https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage?8a08850bc2=T1226028708.1584475807.3528

Scholastic Learn at Home- Free (5 Days currently released, with an additional 15 days forthcoming)

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching

Fluency and Fitness- Fun active learning for kids while also getting them moving

https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

MysteryScience- Free, fun science lessons

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Middle School Age

ABCYA- Fun Learning Games (also available for Elementary school ages)

https://www.abcya.com/

Arcademics- “Arcade+Academics=Fun Learning”, (also available for Elementary school ages)

https://www.arcademics.com/

Funbrain- Variety of Video & Games (also available for Elementary age)

https://www.funbrain.com/

Classroom Cereal- Grammar practice in short stories

https://www.classroomcereal.com/

High School Age

Free Ivy League Online courses

https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/here-are-380-ivy-league-courses-you-can-take-online-right-now-for-free-9b3ffcbd7b8c/?fbclid=IwAR2sDu2jtAPnAx8thI2jYOS5nouOB4IEsxcnD3AMnPYvAjwZlXOwVoiSQlI


Learning Together 

January 15, 2020

d=IwAR2sDu2jtAPnAx8thI2jYOS5nouOB4IEsxcnD3AMnPYvAjwZlXChilChildren are excited about not going to school, but it wont be long before they begin to realize that being home all the time, away from their friends, may not be so fun.


Here are some things you can do with your children while you are spending time together to be safe:

Museums


The Louvre

You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world's largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 

The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.


Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.


Getty Museum

Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid's must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.


Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: 

Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."


National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: 

Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.


British Museum, London: 

The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.


NASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free.

 Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app.


National Women's History Museum: 

Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.


Metropolitan Museum of Art: 

Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution's 26 online exhibits.


High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum's popular online exhibits include "Civil Rights Photography" — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park's arrest. 


Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: 

The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.


National Museum of the United States Air Force: 

You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum.


MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): 

New York's extensive collection is available for view online.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.