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May 21, 2020

Becky Hill

More Ideas for Remote Learning

Topics: Learning at Home

More Ideas for Remote Learning

With the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders happening across the U.S., many children are home for the rest of the school year.

And that means that some parents are now leading their children through educational activities. Home learning can be a special time of bonding for parents and children. My homeschooling journey is over, but my two sons are happily enrolled in colleges in different parts of the country. They both love to learn and their chosen fields of study. One is a history major and the other is a science major.

More Ideas for Remote Learning

The suggestions below are only a starting point. The best way to educate a child is to gather suggestions from many different people, books, or resources. Enjoy the journey of learning each day with your children.

History Pockets

History PocketsWhen my boys were in elementary school, we used History Pockets to supplement curriculum. Some children will really enjoy this activity. There are many different themes from which to choose. The picture shows “Life in Plymouth Colony.” We made notebooks with “pockets.” Each chapter, or “pocket,” presents activities to be placed in the “pocket” for that chapter. There are fact sheets and activity sheets. The supplies needed for each activity are supplies most people will already have in their homes like crayons, scissors, glue, construction paper or card stock. This is a great way to learn about history, and the books made can be kept as a memorable keepsake. I considered this to be a fun resource, although some history professionals may disagree with the oversimplification of history.

Story of the World

Story of the WorldStory of the World is a narrative resource that can be used with elementary children to maybe early junior high. The story books have history stories from ancient times to the end of the USSR. There are four different books covering the history stories, and for each book, there is an activity book. For children who love to color, this is a great resource. Each story has a coloring page. One of my boys would color as I read each story. There are maps to accompany the stories. Children can mark their maps. There are review questions for each story. There are other suggested activities that can be done as well. This is a GREAT way to check reading comprehension. (The review questions mentioned above can be used after each chapter is read). But, reading comprehension can also be checked after each sentence, paragraph, or chapter. This was an invaluable resource for me when I was having difficulty with my child paying attention. I checked reading comprehension after each sentence or paragraph. My child’s state test scores were really good at the end of that year. I considered this to be a great resource.

Brain Games: Sticker By Number

Sticker By NumberSticker by Number is an entertaining, fun, and relaxing art activity. There are many different varieties from which to choose. Above is an animal-themed book. Each picture is numbered. The stickers in the back match the numbers. This activity is easy for children to do alone or with a sibling. These books are also very reasonably priced.

Educational Word Searches

USA Word SearchSome of the word searches have educational themes, such as the one pictured above. Each state is represented with a fact sheet and a word search sheet. The fact sheets list different information such as the state flower, the state capital, and the nickname. There are about 10 facts for each state. This resource is reasonably priced and provides hours of educational entertainment.

Presidential Word SearchThe Presidential Word Search Puzzles feature a presidential fact sheet and a word search sheet for each president. The fact sheets are very interesting including where the president was born, his parents, his pets, his wife, his children, his education and more. Paragraphs are given with even more information. The words in bold are found on the word search grid. These are very reasonably priced and provide hours of educational entertainment.

Picdoku

PicdokuPicdoku is a version of Sudoku, but with pictures. There are two sides. One side features animals. The other side features shapes. Played just like Sudoku, animals/shapes cannot repeat in the same line, the same row, or the same section (there are 9 sections which are clearly marked). There are 5 levels. The first level is easy. The second level is a little more challenging, but still easy. The third level and up becomes increasingly more difficult. I am a huge fan of logic puzzles. Logic puzzles increase thinking skills which are needed for higher math courses. Puzzles such as Picdoku introduce logic skills through play. There are solutions that come with this game. I found my copy while thrifting. There are several buying options on eBay.

Conclusion

There are so many creative and fun educational resources on the market. There is no reason for education to be boring or mundane. There are games and crafts. If money is an issue, eBay and Amazon both have used resources. (Thrift stores are my number one resource, but because of quarantine, those stores may be difficult/impossible to visit right now). I have never bought or received anything in horrible condition.

Embrace this time with your children at home and have fun! Learn with them! Play with them! Children are only young once. I firmly believe in giving children a happy childhood. Leave the legacy of a happy childhood to your children.

I was compensated for this blog post with a game but the opinions are my own.

Author's Bio

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 8.29.51 AMBecky Hill lives in Green River, Wyoming, with her husband of 29 years. She has 3 grown children and 2 grand dogs. Becky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1990. She earned a Biblical Studies Certificate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, Illinois, in 1993. Becky began homeschooling two of her children unexpectedly 13 years ago. Despite many challenges along the way, Becky creatively enabled both of her children to succeed. While her homeschooling adventures are over, she loves tutoring children and helping them to conquer subjects with no fear. Her specialty is mathematics. One of her favorite hobbies is creatively incorporating games into tutoring. The goal, she believes, is no tears, no fear, and a competent, confident, and happy child. 

A note from ThinkFun

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