Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teaching from Home Ideas

We are in the midst of a historic event. Now that many states are shutting down schools and looking at online teaching options, there are many swirling questions about education: When will we go back to school? How will learning continue in the meantime? I feel for the high-school students who have to face the possibility of missing proms, sporting events, performances, and graduations.

As troubling as all this uncertainty is, here is an encouraging thought:  Historic events like this one tend to reshape how we view our world and each other. Many previous generations have been defined by the obstacles they overcame. The Greatest Generation was born into the Great Depression and sacrificed on and off the battlefield in World War II to preserve our country.

As challenging as a national shutdown is, this, too, shall pass, and we will be stronger because of it. In the meantime we should focus on staying positive, listening to the guidance of our government officials, supporting one another, and continuing to learn.

Learning might seem like the last thing on everyone's mind, but here is one of my all-time favorite quotes, delivered by Merlin the Wizard from The Sword in the Stone and The Once and Future King.

 

As our country prepares to hunker down and defeat the coronavirus COVID-19, parents and teachers may be in search of quality online content. Our site has materials available for free, and I am going to include links to other sites that my wife and I plan on using with our own kids at home. I will continue to update this list as I think of other materials. 

Free online learning resources are available on this website and our other website, Mythologyteacher.com

Script-stories are a great way for a small group to learn a particular story by acting out. Below are a list of free script-stories available on this site.  

Other Websites

Khan Academy is a great online resource, and one my favorite teaching toolboxes from the site is Imagineering in a Box. In case you don't know, Imagineers are the creative force behind Disney theme parks. The video based lessons go through the process of designing a particular theme park land and ride--detailing the various elements that go into such an effort:  music, artwork, engineering. It's a great cross-curricular project, and the videos are excellent! The full link is here:  https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box 

Khan Academy also has a course called Pixar in a Box. I have not tried it personally, but it focuses on Pixar's unique storytelling approach. The link is here:  https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/storytelling-pixar-in-a-box

Learning Activities That Our Kids (ages 10-11) Enjoy  Some of these are more educational than others, but for all of you parents out there, these are some great ways to keep your kids entertained during indoor times.