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One Great Thing for Tuesday, 5/5

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.

Include the kids with weekly meal planning and preparation. To reduce dinnertime whining—and who doesn’t want to reduce that?—try creating a meal schedule that lays out what’s being served, when, and who’s in charge of cooking it. (Pro tip: Don’t put yourself in charge every night.)

Social isolation is hard on everyone, but it can be especially challenging for teens. Here are some ideas for helping your older kids cope (and for making your life easier as a result).

The Great Migration of six million African Americans out of the Jim Crow South between World War I and the 1970s is one of the most significant, underreported stories in our nation’s history. Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Award-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns, a masterful book on the topic, shares the story in this TED Talk.

If animals could speak, which one would have the most terrifying voice? And what would it sound like?

NASA is back with more great stuff. This time, challenge each other to build the tallest freestanding structure that can hold a marshmallow—using spaghetti.

From all of us at EdNavigator, a heartfelt thanks and happy Teacher Appreciation Week to the educators who are doing everything they can to make this challenging time easier for families and kids—and a shout-out to the parents who are trying to do the impossible and play the role of teacher, too.

Shonda Rhimes sums it up well:


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