Education Article for East Bradford Neighbors
By Amanda Jeane Strode, 4th Grade Teacher, Technology Innovator
The COVID-19 school closures came fast and hit many households hard. Our local school districts had to scramble to meet the needs of all students in a completely new platform. Teaching content online is a very different experience than delivering at school.
But, despite all the hardships, it is time to highlight some of the best experiences to come out of remote learning. If you have not had the chance to partake in some of these, now is the time to put them on your list to keep those kids busy. Please note, it is recommended that adults accompany children to any online resources shared here, especially those presented in a live platform.
One major area of learning has greatly benefited from quarantine is play. Of the approximately 7-8 hour school day, your students have a mere 15 minutes dedicated to play. Play helps children to develop new neural pathways, develop prosocial behaviors and increases adaptability and problem solving. In a more recent study, done by LEGO®, they found play, “associated with neural networks involved in brain processes, including reward, memory, cognitive flexibility, and stress regulation that are activated during learning.” Check out the article: bit.ly/LEGOArticle
Everywhere you go, whether you’re taking a walk or checking your Facebook page, kids are playing! With significantly less academic demands and ample boredom, our children have been taking to the sidewalks and backyards with sidewalk chalk LEGO® castles for days, and imaginary play. Play boosts your child’s neural capacity.
Here are some of our favorite play activities curated from our stay at home so far. These resources are great for all ages:
Since we are stuck at home, many talented people have made some very serious efforts to connect meaningful content to you kids. In the first few days of quarantine alone, countless authors, illustrators, museums, companies, and so many more found ways to share their content with educators and students for FREE.
We wanted to share some of our favorites with you to add to your list as the weeks at home troll on:
Another facet of the remote learning puzzle is the immense amount of creativity it takes to first, get kids online, and second, occupy them all day at home. Educators and guardians have put a great deal of time into curating activities like those listed above. The learning community deserves a great big shout out for all of the hard work put in to make this experience fun! As we venture back into school next year, let’s hope we can keep that open communication and creative engagement curated during our time of need alive!
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." -- Mary Lou Cook
Here are just a few more resources to help get those creative juices flowing: