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One Great Thing for Friday, 4/3

As parents grappling with life in the era of coronavirus ourselves, we know how hard it feels to get through these days—let alone what the next weeks and months will bring. Every day, we’ll share a few great things that are helping us cope with kids at home, work to do, and plenty to worry about. We hope they help you, too.

These days, it feels like we’re constantly bombarded with anxiety-producing news. It can be overwhelming, and it’s hard on our (and, by extension, our kids’) mental health. Around here, we’re trying different strategies to manage our own news intake: For example, picking a time of day to read the latest updates, or sticking to a small handful of publications or news roundups every day. Whatever works for you, make sure you’re stepping away before it’s too much.

Here’s the unlikely story of a doctor who helped eradicate smallpox around the world. (Spoiler alert: His name is “Brilliant.”)

NASA is winning at e-learning with these excellent resources for science, technology, and exploration. They’ve got a range of videos and activities for all different grades, including some in Spanish.

“What odd smell do you really enjoy?” (Permanent markers? Anyone?)

Do your own version of "Chalk the Walk," where the kids create positive messages for passersby. Here’s one from our team.


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