6 Things a Day – 04/24/20

As you know, Earth Day was this last week. You will see that that inspired me to create a Lorax theme for today’s activities. They can be done together or separately, whatever interests you most! I love the Lorax book and had my classes do book studies all the way up to Grade 11 biology! With all of the changes in the world that we are experiencing, it seems like a good book to pull out for our kids.

If you are looking for other activities for the weekend, please check out my new index of activities for all 6 Things a Day posts from March and April.

Daily Summary – April 24, 2020

I am also featuring top blog click #6 from April 2.

Be a Lorax Helper

If you have Dr. Seuss’s book, The Lorax, this would be a great thing to read together before doing this activity. If you do not have this book, you can either sign it out from your local library OR view it online OR read the .pdf online. Another option is to watch the movie created based on the book. It was made in 2012 and has a great cast.

Once familiar with the story line of The Lorax, write about being a helper to the Lorax. How might you help the Lorax save the Truffula trees?

Creative With the Lorax

There are wonderful imaginary plants and creatures in the Lorax, including the Truffula trees. You can try to create a forest of Truffula Trees by following the directions on The Educators’ Spin On It Blog.

The Educators Spin on It

Save Energy Bingo

To go along with this theme of helping the environment, The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has created an at-home Save Energy! Bingo game. You can set your own timelines and then post and tag #SKEnvSociety on Instagram or Twitter when you have completed some of the activities.

SKUNK Math Game

SKUNK is a math game that can be played featuring addition or multiplication facts. It also has you play with probabilities. SKUNK was first developed in the NCTM’s 1994 edition of “Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School”. SKUNK can be played in small or large groups.

You need: Two dice and each player needs a game board. You can print the SKUNK Game Board or just make your own using paper and pen.

The goal of the game is to score the largest number of points. Game Play:

  • There are 5 rounds – one for each letter of SKUNK.
  • In a round, all players stand up. By standing up, they are ‘in that round’.
  • One player rolls the two dice.
  • If there is no ‘1’ rolled, the score can be either the sum of the two dice OR the product of the two dice – depending on the math you want to have students do.
  • If one ‘1’ is rolled, all players standing lose their points in that column. Play is over for that round. (If this happens on the first roll of a round, you can re-roll and start that round again.)
  • If two ‘1’s are rolled, all players standing lose all their points from all columns up to that point. Play is over for that round.
  • The round is over when all players are seated OR a ‘1’ has been rolled.
  • All standing players decide if they are going to stay standing. If they decide to rest, they sit down and they are not impacted by the rest of the dice rolls that round. Be sure to pause before the next roll.
  • Continue to play until all rounds are complete. Add the sum of all rounds to find the total score.

Learn to Red River Jig

I remember growing up in northern Manitoba and watching the jiggers every winter festival. I was horrible at it myself, but the dancers were fascinating! The Red River Jig originated in southern Manitoba and has a fascinating history. I would encourage you to do some research into its origins in the 1800’s.

Here is dancer Desmond Colombe giving a lesson, including the four different steps that he includes when he puts it all together.

Tour the Palace of Versailles

There are so many fascinating places that have created virtual tours. The Palace of Versailles was the French Royal residence outside of Paris. It was expanded to become a palace in 1682, and was integral in the French Revolution. You can now take a virtual tour of the Palace of Versailles and learn more about its fascinating history.

Top 10 (so far) Countdown

#6 Dav Pilkey at Home – I remember when my son was younger, he LOVED the Captain Underpants series. The tongue-in-cheek humour was right up his alley. The author has created a website, Dav Pilkey at Home, where he is creating new art and literacy activities each week. This week he is focusing on his book Dog Man. Check back each week for a new set of activities!

Remember that you can listen to books for free on Audible, or access online from your public library.

6 Things a Day – 04/23/20

Ouch, I did not complete a blog post yesterday. I do apologize. Something that I did get done, though, was a bit of an index of all of the posts over time. This will let you find ideas from other days without having to scroll forever. You can find it on my Johanson Consulting 6 Things a Day Page.

I have included 2 ideas from the “Top 10” countdown to keep me on track! The #1 most popular click on my blog will be shared NEXT Friday! Can’t wait!

Daily Summary – April 23, 2020

I am also featuring top blog clicks #8 from April 1 and #7 from March 24.

Foam Paint

Another way to let kids get creative is to use foam paint! This only uses three ingredients and looks like a ton of fun.

from DabblesandBabbles.com

Directions:

  • Mix equal parts foaming shaving cream and white glue into a ziplock bag. Add food colouring.
  • Massage so that everything mixes evenly.
  • Use cardstock or lightweight cardboard (cereal boxes, heavy envelopes).
  • Snip off the corner of the ziplock and use it like you are decorating with icing.
  • You can either draw a shape and fill in, or use the paint to create from scratch.

Look for more ideas on the Dabbles and Babbles blog.

Multiplication Game

There are so many fun ways to practice multiplication facts. The multiplication game can be played by 2 people. All you need is to print off the rules and game sheet, find some paper clips and game tokens and you are all set.

Pond Dipping

This is the perfect season for pond dipping in Saskatchewan! Sloughs, puddles in the bottom of a ditch, standing water in your back yard all might have small critters hatching!

Before you go, you will need a dipping net, identification guide and some pans or containers to view what you catch.

  • You can often buy dipping nets at dollar stores or department stores, but you can also make them from materials at home. All you need is a piece of heavy wire (a wire coathanger works great) and a pair of pantyhose. You can see full directions on the Countryfile website.
  • Backwoods Mama has a wonderful and simple identification guide. If you print it off, I would highly recommend putting it into a plastic sleeve, as it might get wet!
From backwoodsmama.com

For full instructions and tips on making your pond dipping adventure a success, go to this Beginner’s Guide to Pond Dipping with Kids. While this blog features younger children, I have pond pond dipping with up to 17 year-olds and it has always been a hit!

Pen Pals for Seniors

Many of us have loved ones who are being kept safe in senior care homes across the province. My Grandma is 93 years young and lives in a senior’s apartment in Nipawin. While isolation is designed to keep my Grandma healthy, it is also hard for her to not be able to spend time with her family and friends.

Grandma and a few of her Grandkids

A wonderful activity is to write a note and send it to be read to seniors who are missing their loved ones. Some helpful hints that I have found from various social media and news items:

  • Contact a senior’s facility near you to find out who to send your message to. If you are unsure where they are, there is a handy list for Saskatchewan on The Careguide: A Source for Seniors. You can sort by type of care provided and find addresses and phone numbers.
  • Find out whether you should send a paper letter, or if the facility would prefer you to scan and email a letter or picture. They can then print it off and share it with residents.

Bitmoji Traveller

I was inspired by a Facebook post in the Teach with Tech FB Group. One of the comments led to a Google Drive with instructions for how to make the Emoji printout that you can use yourself or send to your loved ones. They can then make “Action Pics” of the two of you together! Here is my Bitmoji “Staying Alive”, lol!

Home Made Masks

Now that public health officers have recognized that home made masks can help to slow the spread of disease, there are many people making their own masks from common materials at home. There are many patterns and sites with descriptions for how to make them.

Here is Fabric Mask Site that includes patterns and instructions for various types.

Top 10 (so far) Countdown

#8 Juniper Green for Math Practice – One game for multiplication practice is Juniper Green. The game normally goes to 100 (10 x 10), but you can also play to 25 if only multiplication facts to 5 x 5 are being studied (grade 3).

#7 Home Safari with Cincinnati Zoo – There are many different zoos offering live safaris that you can go on from your home. I have found myself more than once watching the adventures of Fiona and Fibi, the Cincinnati Zoo’s hippos.

You can watch their live safari on their FB page or go to the Cincinnati Zoo website. The Zoo website even includes a hands-on activity for each episode.

6 Things a Day – 04/21/20

It is a good thing I am doing this blog, otherwise I would not have realized it is my sister’s birthday today, eep! I guess after I finish this up I should give her a call…

I have been asked a few times if I am OK with teachers sharing my blog on their Google Classrooms or lib guides. I am absolutely more than fine with that. have been enjoying curating and creating different activities, and am so happy to know that teachers, parents and caregivers are finding my blog posts helpful.

Daily Summary – April 21, 2020

I will be featuring the #9 top click originally posted on March 27!

Indigenous Art

Think Indigenous Online Ed has so many wonderful posts providing content about the arts, history, language, math… one posted by Amelia and Bob Badger from April 1st focused on Indigenous Contemporary and Fine Arts. Beautiful work and stories are shared in this video.

Contemporary Shawl Created by Bob Badger

I would encourage you to follow the Think Indigenous Facebook Page to find more!

Cooking with Math

Math is everywhere, particularly in the kitchen! How often do we think “I need to half this recipe” or “I need to double this recipe”? The Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) group at Stanford has created tips and recipes for families cooking with kids at home.

Talking about math while cooking together can increase the likelihood that children will talk and think about numbers on their own, without taking a lot of extra time for busy families. Here are some recipes and tips to engage families around math while cooking: 

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Tonight (April 21) and tomorrow night are the BEST times to watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower in Canada. We are also in a new moon and it is going to be a clear night, so viewing should be spectacular!

You can read about what to expect tonight on the Space.com blog. A helpful picture they shared is “Where to Look” when you view the sky.

Scattegories

My family and I have played the board game Scattegories for years. It is a great family game that gets us thinking about words! Now, Swellgarfo has created an online generator to create lists, give you a timer and determine the letter you are using! All you need are the rules, a list generator, paper and pencils or pens for everyone to play.

Active Fun and Games

A dad and his kids have created a YouTube channel called Kids Art and Craft where they post fun activities to do. They are good for a wide range of ages! The video below shows a number of different active games that you can try using simple household materials.

Menu and Grocery Planning

A few weeks ago, I had included an idea for writing a grocery list as a literacy activity in my April 8 post. Grocery management is a lot of thinking! Our family used to live in a small town outside of Saskatoon and I worked in a different small town, which meant that we only grocery shopped every few weeks. We got into the habit of planning meals and making our grocery list and grocery shopping over the weekend. Meal planning is a great family activity. I have created a Menu Planning Graphic Organizer to help your planning!

Top 10 (So Far) Countdown

#9 Online Fitness by Ashley. It is important that we all stay physically active. There are many organizations offering free fitness classes online. One example is a Saskatoon personal fitness trainer, Ashley Paulgaard. She has been posting guided personal fitness classes on her Facebook page. These would be great to guide you and your family through a workout at home.

6 Things a Day – 04/20/20

Oh it is good to be back thinking about teaching and learning at home. I do hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter break and that you have had time to go outside and enjoy the warmer weather (finally)! In the end, I decided to take the week and focus on some other projects that I have been working on. I hope that you find today’s post helpful!

Looking back, I am so excited by the number of people who are visiting this blog. To date, there have been 2180 visitors and 3790 page views since March 23. I think this means that people are finding the content helpful. Something that I am starting today is a recap of the top 10 downloads/clicks on my blog since we began this adventure. I figured it is never to early for a “Greatest Hits” section, lol! I will feature one past item at the end of each day, starting with #10! With this being a daily blog, I know that there are some ideas that happened weeks ago that people did not have a chance to see, so this is a way to get a peek at things that have been most popular.

Daily Summary – April 20, 2020

I will be featuring the #10 top click originally posted on March 25!

Museum Colouring Books

Many museums from around the globe are opening up their spaces virtually, which includes creating and posting colouring books of some of the most famous art on the planet. You can see and download these colouring books from 113 museums on the Colour Our Collections webpage.

Grapes of Math

I spotted this fun math practice activity posted by Math 4 Kids on FB. You can change up the challenges to fit your child’s math level. You can also have them complete the challenge as a race, or see how many grapes you get in all of the muffin tin spaces before you get a minimum of 1 in each. The rules are the fun part to make this into a game.

Bird Watching

The birds are back! It is fun to look outside our windows or discover what birds are in our neighbourhood when we go for a walk. Ducks Unlimited has created handy reference sheets about the birds that we might find when we look!

REBUS Puzzles

Rebus puzzles are a good mental challenge – what are the hidden messages within the puzzles? Try guessing these 4 puzzles:

You can print off a page of Rebus puzzles with an answer key or try to guess their meaning from a screen. You can also do a Google Search for Rebus Puzzles to find more!

Basketball Drills for Kids

It is that time of year when driveways are starting to dry up! Basketball drills are great exercise and fun, too. There are wonderful sites online that can give you different shooting, dribbling and passing drills including the Basketball for Coaches website. They have created a post with 27 free drills that you can try out.

Saskatoon Family Tik Tok

I apologize if you are not from Saskatoon, but this idea was too fun to not include here. Mayor Charlie Clark has issued a challenge for Saskatoon kids. You can see the details in the poster below.

Top 10 (So Far) Countdown

#10: Cree Prayer and Medicine Wheel Teachings. Think Indigenous has created a number of online lessons from educators across Saskatchewan. You can learn about the Cree Prayer and Medicine Wheel Teachings from Cheyenne Fineblanket. This is a wonderful series that you can find by following the Think Indigenous on Facebook.

6 Things a Day – 04/09/20

Happy Thursday that is kind of like Friday! Thanks to everyone who has responded to my question – should I still post my blog over the Easter Holiday?

There was actually feedback with even numbers on both sides, so I will do what I usually do and compromise, lol. I will continue to publish, but reduce the number of activities per day (I am thinking 1-2) and not publish on Good Friday or Monday, April 13. This will provide a ‘something’ for families and caregivers, but reduce my time and your time reading through activities. My husband is still working, so this will also give us time over the Easter Weekend and Monday to spend time together – I think I see a few puzzles, card games and darts in our future! I will be back to the full ‘6 things a day’ on April 20th.

Daily Summary – April 9, 2020

I am also including a great general site for resources for learning from home.

Learn to Play Spoons

I remember my Dad playing spoons at our family gatherings on my grandparent’s farm just outside of Choiceland, SK. I loved listening to him! Learn to play the spoons by watching Dave Ruch on YouTube. He does a great job teaching the basics of grip and rhythm.

Number Snake to Order Numbers

Another fun game from Michael Minas and his son, Nash. This game can be played by younger learners and emphasizes ordering numbers.

Moon Dough

There are so many different types of dough that we can make to entertain ourselves for hours. One is called “Moon Dough” and is made from

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner
  • food colouring (optional)

Mix well and play! The consistency is between playdough and slime. Lots of fun!

Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing

Kenneth Oppel has created many Read Alouds and posted on his YouTube Channel. His books are well-loved by upper elementary and middle years students (adults enjoy them, too!). You can download an ebook from your Saskatchewan public library to read along. Here is Kenneth reading Silverwing to get you started.

Yoga with Adrienne

A really popular yoga instructor online is Yoga with Adrienne. You can see many different levels and areas of focus on her YouTube channel. Last week, Adrienne posted a great ‘Yoga for Vulnerability’ that can help during our self-isolation.

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli is a powerful Italian singer who is known across the world. He is performing a live “Music for Hope” concert on Easter Sunday in an empty church in Italy. It is set for 1:00 PM ET (which I think is 11:00 AM here in Saskatchewan). You can read more on aPost’s blog post. Here is a trailer for this event.

A Great General Site

I have subscribed to the We Are Teachers for a number of months. It has great posts that are written from experienced teachers – the best kind of teaching knowledge! We Are Teachers has created a summary of resources on their page “Top Resources for Learning at Home“.

6 Things a Day – 04/08/20

It is Wednesday and we have been learning from home for a week and a half. Pajamas, leggings and sweatpants are perfectly acceptable forms of school wear!

Because days are blending together, I had not realized until this morning that Friday is Good Friday and we are heading into “school break”… I am not sure what impact this will have on families and caregivers, if any? One question that I am wondering is whether people would like me to continue posting daily over the break? If you have an opinion, please let me know by either emailing Terry@johansonconsulting.ca or by using the contact form on my “Contact Terry” page.

Daily Summary – April 8, 2020

I am also including a site that has fun reading and writing ideas.

Recreate Famous Art

A fun challenge on Twitter by the Getty Museum has been to recreate famous art by using items from around your home. The Getty Museum has shared lots of examples on their twitter feed. I am inspired by File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Education page, where students have been sending recreations of Allan Sapp’s paintings.

If you are going to try recreating art, it would be great if you posted them on FB or Twitter to give other families some inspiration! You can find examples of Allan Sapp‘s art, or see a list and samples of work for other Saskatchewan portrait artists for more ideas.

Rowco Math Game

Here is another fun math game that emphasizes greater than, less than and addition skills. It is a wonderful strategy game that can be played by kids OR adults or both!

Testing Friction

Here is an experiment that I used to do in Grade 3 science, but it is fun and informative for all ages. Have fun investigating!

Writing a Grocery List

Real life spelling, vocabulary and math happen every time we make a grocery list! Having children create the list and searching through online apps or grocery store flyers are a great way to understand consumer math.

Some ideas are:

  • Find the online or paper flyer for the store that you usually shop at. Go through the flyer and find out what your household needs or wants to buy for the next two weeks. Circle those together.
  • Create grocery categories for a list. These are the sections where you might find them in a store. For example: Dairy, Bread, Canned Goods, Cleaners…
  • Dictate the grocery list to your child. When you say an item, ask the child to tell you what category that food goes into. If they need help spelling the words, they can refer to the flyer or you can help them by saying or writing the word on another paper.
  • Talk about what other things you might need in your household that are not in the flyer. Add those to the list.
  • If you want to add some math into this activity, use another store’s online grocery app and find out how much savings you are gaining by buying items from your store flyer.

Medicine Walk

The weather is getting warmer, a perfect time to go for a spring medicine walk. You can learn more about this from Elder Walter Lavallee below:

Farm Food Virtual Tours

How cool that you can go on a virtual tour of a dairy farm, a poultry farm, grain farm… the Farm Food Virtual Tours website has so many different places you can explore. It would be fun to compare different types of farms when you have had a chance to view more than one. How are they they same? How are they different?

A Great General Site

A fun site that gives you ideas is Reading Rockets Fun Activities for Reading and Writing. It organizes activities by age band, which makes it easy to navigate.

6 Things a Day – 04/07/20

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I am so excited to see the sunshine this afternoon. It will help keep me warm when I am shoveling snow in a few minutes!

I am so excited about today’s activities – they took me a while to write up, as one of them is our family cookbook, and another is a series of lessons to learn about flight. I hope you enjoy them!

Daily Summary – April 7, 2020

I am also including a site that has helpful mental health resources for youth.

Tissue Paper Transfer Eggs

Another fun craft to celebrate Easter this weekend! This one is inspired by a Facebook Post from Mrs Yuzik’s Virtual Classroom. All you need is to cut tissue paper, wet an egg with a spray bottle or water and paint brush.

You can find full directions on the It’s Always Autumn blog for families.

Adding Money

Children have less and less experience with real money, so learning at home is a perfect opportunity for them to practice! This ideas is inspired by
Katherine Tomme Mazeika
‘s FB Post in the Visual Math Group.

With our not having pennies, there are a couple of ideas you can do in Canada:

  • Adjust the totals so that they are all divisible by $0.05.
  • Use totals that are not divisible by $0.05 and have kids use the rounding rules that we have for money to fill with coins.

Air Pressure Experiment

I had the chance to be one of the authors for the Pearson Saskatchewan Science series, and was responsible for the Flight Unit in Grade 6 Science. One of the activities that I developed uses pop cans and straws, and is pretty amazing! This experiment allows learners to explore the Bernoulli Effect.

If you want other aerodynamic and air pressure activities, you can download my teacher version of different experiment instructions and an Aerodynamic Log that you can use to record your discoveries. Each experiment uses materials that you might have at home.

Quarantine Cookbook

There are many sites that are encouraging some type of journaling through our Covid-19 experience. There are time capsules, journals and other activity pages. Our family has decided to create a Johanson Family Cookbook. In this cookbook, we are putting pictures and stories of our self-isolation adventures. I have uploaded our (unfinished!) family’s cookbook as a sample.

You can create your cookbook by typing or handwriting recipes that you are trying at home, draw, print or insert digital photos, and write out stories about your days together.

Fit with Chris

One of Wildwood School’s teachers has been creating great online workouts for kids. He explains the moves really well in his videos!

Age Appropriate Chores

A FB post from Maria Montessori encourages us to consider that children can be independent at any age. So what chores are appropriate at different ages? Here are some guidelines. You can make your chores list feel game-like, set the list up as a challenge or track your chores with stickers or some other tracker.

A Great General Site

Mental health is as important as physical health as we navigate school and work at home through our period of self-isolation. Jack.org has organized and created a resource hub for youth mental health.

6 Things a Day – 04/06/20

Wow! I am thinking that many of us will be using today’s snowfall as our physical activity for today! Spring might be the longest season of the year at this rate.

Have fun learning and exploring at home this week!

Daily Summary – April 6, 2020

I am also including a useful Facebook group that has been created to support families, kids and teachers.

Star Woman Lesson

I am so inspired by the Think Indigenous Online Lessons that are being created and posted on Facebook. I have highlighted a few over the last few weeks. I am inspired by today’s lesson by Pauline Auger, The Star Woman & Pakone Kiski (The Hole in the Sky) about the Pleidades Constellation.

Pauline’s lesson includes a reading and story by Wilfred Buck. If you scroll down the article, Relearning The Star Stories Of Indigenous Peoples, you can hear Wilfred Buck’s storytelling and see Ininew/Cree, Dakota/Lakota and Ojibwe Star Charts. Pauline also shared a link with directions to make a baby Star Blanket, as well as other ideas in her lesson video.

Missing Part Cards for X and  ÷

Missing part cards are a version of flash cards that can be used to practice multiplication facts. The difference is that they encourage flexible thinking and have learners connect fact families, which are related multiplication and division facts. An example of a fact family is:

Missing part cards allow you to practice fact families with a single card.

You can download and print Missing Part Cards for facts to 12 these either as a PDF or as a Word Document. Feel free to edit the word document if you would like to make them for addition and subtraction as well!

Tallest Tower

The tallest tower is something that I used to start my Physics 20 course with – the tallest tower ever built in my classes was 160 cm, wow!

The challenge is simple. With 1 piece of paper and 30 cm of scotch tape, how tall can you make a freestanding tower? What design is the best? Good luck!

Storytime Online

The Saskatoon Public Library has gone digital with their storytime! They have a new video every weekday, along with other Boredom Buster ideas. You can watch Mike and his entertaining songs and stories from April 4th.

Match the Lids

A great example of learning from home was posted on Facebook a few days ago. What a great example of a matching game! Thanks to Trudy Stoermer for her post!

Hands Together Art

I am inspired by this art project – I have seen a number of families who have created this project at home. It can serve as a memory of your time together at home.

A Great General Site

There are a number of Facebook groups and pages that have sprung up to help parents, families and kids as we support learning at home. This blog is one of them! A group that has really innovative and helpful suggestions is Mrs. Yuzik’s Virtual Classroom – Parent, Student and Teacher Resources. I would encourage a follow!

6 Things a Day – 04/03/20

We are through the second week of learning from home!

By now, many classroom teachers have reconnected to students – my teacher and parent friends on Facebook have been posting such sweet pictures of how much these connections have meant. Online tools are so helpful to help us maintain relationships.

Daily Summary – April 3, 2020

I am also including a general resource site from Pearson Canada.

Daily Performing Arts

The University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts has started a daily activity calendar for families and kids. Yesterday’s activity was a quick online quiz to find out “If you were a play, what play would you be?” and then a challenge to write and perform a play. You can check back for other activities every day Monday – Friday on the U of R Conservatory of Performing Arts Facebook Page.

Make a Measuring Tool

We hear in the news that we should keep a physical distance of 6′ from people who live outside of our homes. So how far is 6′?

Estimating measurements is a skill that we grow through practice. Some ways that we can do this are:

  • Use a tape measure to measure the length of your foot. How many feet would you need to make up 6 feet?
  • Measure 6 feet on the floor. How many normal steps would you take to move 6 feet?
  • Estimate a distance of 6 feet from a wall. Measure how far it is. How close are you? Keep practicing.
  • What is a tool that you can make that can measure 6 feet that is not a tape measure?

Plant an Herb Garden

Herb gardens are something that you can grow inside in a sunny window, and move outside once spring decides to stay in Saskatchewan. What are some helpful tips to growing herbs? The Home Depot has a simple guide to growing herbs to help you plan. Starting an herb garden now means that it is ready to use in your cooking and baking in the spring when you move it outside.

Touch Typing

Typing on a keyboard is a skill that gets better with time. I was fortunate to learn how to type in Grade 10 Typing (yes, we even used typewriters back then!) and this skill has been invaluable my whole life. You can learn and practice typing skills using an online site like Learn to Type.

Hogwarts Escape Room

In-person escape rooms are a bunch of fun! There are many different virtual ones that you can use logic to solve. One example of a free virtual escape room is the Hogwarts Escape Room made by the Peters Township Public Library. The Raising Edmonton Blog gave several tips to playing in this online escape room in a post on March 20:

Indigenous Storytelling

There are so many great lessons created by Think Indigenous and posted on their Online Indigenous K-8 Facebook page. One example is Chris Scribe’s Indigenous Storytelling lesson where he reads a story about his grandfather.

A Great General Site

Another act of generosity from Pearson Education. They have opened up all of their online texts and resources for teachers and parents to the end of the school year. You can see their list on Pearson Canada K-12 Resources at Home.

6 Things a Day – 04/02/20

Welcome to April 2, 2020 – the sun is shining here in Saskatchewan. I am so thankful to be self-isolating with my Mom this past week and a half in Nipawin. The opportunity to pause and spend time with her has been precious.

The skiff of snow outside my window means that my Mom and I will be out shoveling as soon as my blog is posted. Getting outside is a great way to freshen our perspective and get some physical movement!

Enjoy learning and spending time together!

Daily Lineup – April , 2020

I have also included a great general site created by Girl Guides of Canada.

Dav Pilkey at Home

I remember when my son was younger, he LOVED the Captain Underpants series. The tongue-in-cheek humour was right up his alley. The author has created a website, Dav Pilkey at Home, where he is creating new art and literacy activities each week. This week he is focusing on his book Dog Man. Check back each week for a new set of activities!

Remember that you can listen to books for free on Audible, or access online from your public library.

Knock off the Clock for Math Practice

The great thing about this game is that you can play alone or with someone, and it practices different math operations.

What’s Inside?

I remember my cousin, Brent, and I terrorizing our parents when we would get ahold of a screwdriver and take something apart. We learned so much! And in fact, Brent carried that “take apart things” into adulthood when he became and Engineer and learned to “put things back together”.

A multi-head screwdriver is a good tool to have when you are taking things apart. It is important that adults identify things that you are OK with being taken apart JUST in case they don’t go back together again (I think I remember my cousin and I forgetting this step). Some ideas might include:

  • a piece of technology that you no longer use – camera, VCR, TV. You never know what is in the storage room!
  • a small appliance that you want to replace – hand mixer, toaster, coffee pot
  • an electric toy that you have outgrown

Once something has been opened up, try to identify the parts that make it work. For many things, you can learn more about how they work by doing an internet search.

For example, if you take apart a coffee maker, “How Things Work Coffee Maker” will give you videos and descriptions of how a coffee maker works. I would recommend doing the search only after you have tried to figure it out yourself!

Reading Tips for Parents

As we are reading with our children at home, it is helpful to know some tips for supporting letter and word recognition. Reading Simplified has posted a great video for parents on Facebook called “How to Help Your Child Read Words“. They also have a free blog post that is helpful “5 Proven Ways for You to Support Your Child’s Reading“.

Animal Walk

This is something for the whole family to enjoy. What type of animal walk can you do? A CBC parent blog post from 2017 outlines different “animal walks” for children.

I can remember doing crab walks in phys ed as a teenager across the gym, so I am thinking this is something the whole family might want to participate in for some physical activity!

Coping Calendar

Another example of generosity around the world is Melbourne’s Emotional Growth Family Psychology Clinic post with calming strategies for each day. If you and your family find things that are particularly helpful, consider making them a part of your daily activities.

A Great General Site

I had the opportunity to be a Girl Guide leader for many years in Langham, Saskatchewan. I SO appreciate the programming available. Girl Guides of Canada have just launched a site for Guiding at Home. The activities are well organized by age and can be enjoyed by both girls and boys.