Homeschooling Ideas & Events
Well, parents, we are doing things a little differently these days. Schools closed and immediately parents became teachers. As someone who went to college to become a teacher, I was stressed about what this was going to mean for our family with a first grader and eighth grader. Teachers were given two days to produce digital learning for their students. The teachers have done an amazing job adapting to this changing environment but with so much of the day to fill, parents have found themselves looking for additional fun and educational activities to entertain their children.
Since the lessons our children are receiving at home aren’t supposed to take all day, we are adding other items to help us through this season of life. One of our family’s favorite activities is going to the zoo. We may not be able to visit the zoo, but the San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities and games. Take a tour with your family today. https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
Each day it is so important to read with your children, but after a few days of only seeing you, they may enjoy hearing someone else read to them. There are a lot of great children’s books read by famous people online. These actors and actresses even do great voices for the characters of the books to bring the story alive. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Santee Cooper wanted to help you during this time also. We have started a series of videos each Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. on Facebook. Through Facebook Live, we will be doing experiments with items you have around the house, plus helping you make your house safer and more energy efficient. We will be doing a drawing for prizes from everyone who participates, too!
We didn’t want to stop there. We are going to be adding to our weekly videos. Each Monday at 11 a.m., you can participate in a virtual job shadowing experience where we will talk with employees throughout our company to help students meet their job shadowing requirements.
On Wednesdays at 11 a.m., explore nature with our Old Santee Canal Park staff. Our educators will explore topics such as the swamp, reptiles, insects and much more. This will allow you to enjoy our park from home. This is all be available on Facebook.
We also have an interactive learning website that uses activities and games to teach concepts like electricity, electrical safety, and energy and water conservation. The website includes lesson plans and experiments, a parent section, and the history of Santee Cooper. Check out www.santeecooperkids.com and let us know what you learn.
During this time, we hope some of our homeschooling ideas help you explore different types of learning opportunities you wouldn’t be able to do if your schedule hadn’t been interrupted. Have more ideas? Share them on our Facebook page!