One Great Thing for Tuesday, 4/7

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.

Don't try to replicate a full day of school at home. Instead, aim for 2-3 hours of focused learning time, especially reading. For some kids, that might come in one or two long blocks; for others, it might be spread across the day in smaller 30 or 45 minute intervals. (And if you have different kinds of learners in the house, their schedules don’t have to look the same.)

Many of the teachers providing remote learning are also parents themselves, with their own kids at home. Here’s a look at how they’re managing this juggling act.

Anyone else getting tired of practicing math facts? Solve Me Puzzles includes three kinds of games that will grab your kids’ attention instantly—even while sneaking in arithmetic and algebraic thinking. For an extra challenge, students can even make their own puzzles.

“What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?”

Teach your kids an "old school" game that today's generation doesn’t play. You know the ones: marbles, double dutch, MASH, paper football, hopscotch, jacks, numbers (or maybe you call it "slide”?).

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