During this unprecedented shelter in place, we know many of you are scrambling to support at-home learning opportunities for your children. We'd like to introduce iClub, our support e-newsletters with some guidance and a few resources that might be helpful to ensure your children are learning, staying active, and having fun.
Limit Screen Time: Kids can entertain themselves all day on social media, YouTube, or gaming. Instead, have them use technology for learning. See “Self-Directed Learning” below.
Keep to a Normal Routine: During this period, keep your family’s normal schedule when it comes to meals and bedtimes.
Make Time for Unstructured Time: Do things at home that have made you and your family feel better in other stressful situations, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, exercising, etc.
Create a Daily Plan: Commit to a daily plan that allows for a blend of academics, daily reading, exercise, and free time. Here’s an example:
Distance Learning: Many schools are providing students with take-home packets filled with activities. Check your school’s website to see if they are offering this benefit and for information about distribution schedules. There are ways to continue to engage your children through virtual lessons. The American Federation of Teachers has a wealth of resources to help with learning at home. Want to talk through ideas? They also have an online discussion community where you can share ideas, lesson plans, and resources. The Tech Interactive also has great lessons you can facilitate at home: https://www.thetech.org/athome
Self-Directed Online Learning: Many schools are providing access to online learning platforms that your children use in school. These same platforms are also used at Boys & Girls Clubs as well. Here are some great sites we use for self-directed learning experiences:
Free Meals: Many schools and districts are providing free breakfast and lunch meals on a daily basis to any family that needs it. Check your school’s website to see if they are offering this benefit and for information about distribution schedules.
Technology Equipment and Internet Access: Many schools and districts are providing Chromebooks and WiFi hot spots so that students can access online learning content. Check your school’s website to see if they are offering this benefit and for information about the distribution of these supplies and materials. In addition, Comcast is providing internet services to low-income families during this time of school closures. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.