I'm a day late on this post because I've been surprisingly busy, for someone confined to home with no outside social activities or trips. I'm still working, and grateful that a) my work is from home and b) my company still has business. But juggling that with keeping my daughter occupied has been keeping me occupied during the week.
I'm glad that she likes to read, that's for sure. She re-read the second Candymakers book by Wendy Mass (see this post for details about her first read), and that kept her busy for a couple of days. Apart from that she is doing a small amount of online work for school, doing virtual chats and games with friends, and playing endlessly with LEGO. This is a tough time to be an only child, but to be an only child who reads, in a house full of books, is a blessing. We are, when I can find the time, working on organizing said books. Hopefully I'll have time to write more about our journey soon.
Meanwhile, here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #Audiobooks, #BookADay, #Homeschool, #LoveOfReading, #OnlineLearning, #Podcasts, #puzzles, #ReadAloud, #Resilience, #SchoolLibraries, #ScienceOfReading, #STEAM, parenting, writing.
I hope that all of you are safe and healthy and managing as well as you can in all of this. I remain deeply appreciative of the efforts and encouragement of my (now wholly virtual) communities.
Top Tweet of the Week
This is neat. My daughter + I are mentioned in this @nytimes piece: A #Podcast Playlist to Help Distract You (for the Most Part) ow.ly/px8e30qrP7V | Thanks @phoebelett | @LitSafariMedia @FuseEight @pantsonfirecast [Some recommendations for kid-friendly podcasts that we shared on Twitter were mentioned in the article. Image to the left created by @LitSafariMedia]
Home Learning Resources
Another good one-stop resource: A Roundup of Pandemic Resources for Librarians, Teachers + the Parents That We Serve — @TLT16 @sljournal ow.ly/v4Ct30qrrPx#COVID-19 #OnlineLearning #Storytimes + lots more
Organized List of Educational YouTube Channels for Kids - @thisreadingmama ow.ly/GVbX30qtn7n#OnlineLearning
This is helpful. For as long as schools are closed, @audible_com is giving kids free streaming access (no account or p/w needed) to a collection of #audiobooks in 6 languages | Mostly classics + audible originals but some other choices, too | ow.ly/gP4F30qraIo@amazon
Tips for Using Online Museum Resources for #Literacy Learning, w/ list of virtual tours ow.ly/yi9730qsB8V | @MA_Cappiello @sljournal #OnlineLearning #writing #STEAM
Google and YouTube launch new #RemoteEducation resources - @TheVerge ow.ly/SM4d30qsj0n#TeachFromHome #LearnAtHome
Fun resource for #GraphicNovel fans. Starting today, @CeceBellBooks will be sharing a chapter-by-chapter deep dive into the inside story of El Deafo! on video | ow.ly/T9Kp30qrYGE#OnlineLearning
Tips for Building #StressRelief into Your #Homeschool Schedule - @MarlaSzwast | Stressed out kids can't learn anyway. "5 fewer minutes of math won’t ruin your kid's chance of" anything ow.ly/cmWk30qrYpM
Dana Murphy shows how tips for encouraging #LoveOfReading in young kids at home can be extended to #Kindergarten Classrooms ow.ly/9IMu30qt8qL@ChoiceLiteracy | Good advice for parents, like "no book shaming"
Remember, #OnlineLearning Isn't the Only Way to Learn Remotely | Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui @educationweek ow.ly/vMT130qrYSY | 5 ideas for renewing #JoyOfLearning in kids stuck at home | via @MindShiftKQED
5 SIMPLE At-Home #Writing Help & Tips - ow.ly/hvAt30qsT0I@thisreadingmama I especially like: "Read good books out loud to your child"
Parenting + Play
As Children Face Disappointments due to #Coronavirus, Parents Can Help Them Develop #Resilience - Alina Dizik @WSJ ow.ly/q4I030qtngm#parenting | A long-term silver lining in all of this may be that our kids come out of it stronger
Slice of Life Day 24: #JigsawPuzzle to the Rescue – @literacious finds something that takes her mind off #COVID-19 | I need to get my daughter doing puzzles while listening to #audiobooks https://t.co/42TnzZAGr2?amp=1
#Reading or Not, Here We Go: A Social Distancing #Bookaday Challenge by @donalynbooks @nerdybookclub ow.ly/BOBD30qrYtR | Clearly many of us are having trouble focusing enough to read. Donalyn suggests community
Why Books Are Comforting in the Era of #Coronavirus - Michelle Slatalla @WSJ ow.ly/YJvd30qrErY#LoveOfBooks
Schools and Libraries
If You're Going to Write About #ScienceOfReading, Get Your #Science Right | @DTWillingham challenges a new report / policy statement from NEPC, point by point ow.ly/9ZoW30qsjbL
Guest Post @FuseEight | Wrestling w/ #SchoolLibrary Closures by J. F. Fox — ow.ly/x1OA30qsja7 | "Every school deserves a library with a qualified librarian" w/ reasons why
At Schools Closed for #Coronavirus, Online Work Won’t Count - @Tawnell @WSJ on why most work at home during public #SchoolClosures is optional | #EducationalEquity = not all kids have online access + some have #LearningDifferences https://t.co/Je8wTc6UUw?amp=1
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