I just got to the point where all my kids were in school when covid-19 hit the fan. After years of going back and forth about homeschooling I had finally decided that traditional public school was best for us. Well, nevermind that, we are isolation schooling now. So here are some resources and ideas I have used to keep myself, and my kids, a bit more sane during this weird time in the world.
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I love this site. Everything is downloadable and free. They have a donation option, which is worth it. You can also opt to buy the curriculum from Amazon. I like being able to find a specific subject or lesson and just print that and use it. If I was full on homeschooling I would (and have) used the whole curriculum as a resource for everything. They list the supplies you will need and books to read that go along with the lesson and subject. Super helpful!
This site has so many templates and downloadable pages. You can use the search option to find “free” items. I like this for searching for a specific subject or topic. Such as, alphabet practice or counting. It works great for my pre-K child that just wants something to work on like everyone else. I print him a few pages and put them in his pocket (see idea below) and he can work through it as needed.
This is probably a given, and something everybody is already using. But for real, you need an idea for something specific? Just hit up Pinterest and you will have tons of options. I have found some of my favorite blogs and resources on Pinterest. You can find some ideas I use on my “i made some humans” board.
ideas for isolation schooling
I have a daily journal for each child. Every day we do school, I will give them a journal prompt. The younger ones, will draw a picture and write a couple words if they can. The older kids need to write at least a paragraph with their picture.
Download your own journal prompt template!
I made a simple chart with each child’s name as well as a “done” page and hung them on the wall in page protectors. I use sticky notes with a subject or assignment and stick it on the specific child’s chart. When they are done, they can remove the sticky note and move it to the “done” page. The younger two love moving their sticky notes. And you an re-use the note for the next day. Download and print your own below!
DOWNLOAD THE DAILY ASSIGNMENT TEMPLATE HERE
A hanging file holder holds each child’s journal and worksheets.
My pre-k guys school work in this so he can choose an activity to do while the others are working on their assignments.
Here are some awesome websites for independent work. I can have one of my kids on the computer with headphones while the others are reading or doing worksheets. And they are learning at the same time. Win win!
STARFALL | pre-k to third grade games and activities
KHAN ACADEMY | math skill for all grades and ages
BRAINPOP | upper elementary through highschool, all subjects
BRAINPOP JR | pre-k through elementary, all subjects
PBS KIDS | pre-k through second, game, video and activities
COSMIC KIDS YOGA | kid centered yoga with fun themes
Thank you for coming by and I hope some of these resources and ideas are useful to you. If you happen to use my templates I would love to see them in action. Tag me on Instagram @dezthebakist. 🖤 dez
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