School’s out, Mom is on???

Your Guide to Surviving Extended School Closure

         As many schools across the nation begin to close due to the pandemic, Corno-19, you might be asking yourself, now what? The Department of Education has put out information regarding special education services, but obviously this is a brand new situation that will have to be met with patience. 

         In the meantime, we are all asking ourselves the same question. Now what do we do? I have no doubt that local districts will begin rolling out distance learning opportunities, but in the mean time families will need to supplement services for a while. I highly encourage you to practice all safety measures that are being suggested by your local municipality. For some students virtual therapy could be an option! Of course it takes some flexibility on everyone’s part, but I think this is the mantra of special ed families, we roll with it! 

   I want to share some of my favorite ways to keep everyone in a semi-routine. For most special ed families sticking to routine is crucial, and my family is no different! 

Boredom Busters

We love podcasts around here,  for me I love to listen to a podcast while I complete chores or cook dinner. My kids enjoy them as an alternative to silent reading time. Here are a few of our favorites, and a few for younger kids as well. 

Younger kiddos:

Ahway Island 

Science Pod Casts For Kids

Earth Rangers 

Tweens/Teens:

The Two Princes

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel 

SYMIHC: The History of Peanut Butter

 

Home Learning

While most of us like to leave teaching to the professionals, the Covid-19 pandemic is making us all unoffical teachers, and while I have full confidence in public education, and the efforts they will make to continue to teach our students, here are a few ideas and resources! 

Science Experiments 

Science for Kids

Graphic Novels 

Scholastic Books:Learn at Home 

National Geographic Kids

Food Network

Special Education Resources 

Star Institute 

Adventures in Speech 

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