Welcome toMr. Hooper's Civics & Economics ClassRoom 21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some ideas beyond just learning standards that will help tremendously:
- Set aside time to turn off tech and the tv to eat dinner together.
- Involve kids in preparing meals. There are math and science skills of measurement, following steps, sequencing, etc. that are involved in meal preparation.
- Teach them how to set and clean the table. This can provide valuable training for future jobs in restaurants. (Think of transition plan activities)
- Teach them how to perform chores, such as laundry, sweeping, mopping, mowing, pruning, planting, etc. The benefits here are many – life skills for independent living, responsibility, work ethic, and respect for a clean and nice environment.
- Set aside time to play games together as a family, be it board games, card games, etc. This reinforces math skills and social skills, such as taking turns, etc.
- Most comic book companies now stream nearly entire libraries of their content going back to the 1940’s on apps. That means there is a nearly endless stock of fun and engaging reading material.
- To add to #6, have students recreate by drawing their favorite panel from a comic, or create an alternate ending complete with new words, or create new characters or their own original story.
- If there are any old musical instruments in the home, anyone, kids included, can now learn to play with videos on YouTube. (I do it myself, so I know it can be done.)
- Exercise – a healthy body leads to, or supports, a healthy mind. Set aside at least 15 minutes a day for exercise. This can include push ups, crunches, jumping jacks, biking, walking or running around the house, playing basketball, whiffle ball, or other games.
- Create a book club. Have the family read a novel together and discuss the events in each chapter. For those involved in church and worship, hold a short bible study each night. This encourages reading fluency and comprehension.
- Read to your child or have your child read to you, pointing at each word as your child watches and set aside a time period, 30 minutes for example, that they have to read silently, be it books magazines, etc.
- Have your child practice writing his/her name in cursive (they have learned how to write in cursive this semester), emphasizing legibility
- Practice counting cents or dollars in different amounts, or use them to practice counting by 2's, 5's, 10's, 20's, 25's, and 50's
- Let your child help measure and mix ingredients used in recipes and cooking directions
- Practice reciting and writing their home address and phone number
- Practice counting money – this can be saved coins from a jar, play money, etc.
- Let your child learn from you how to do laundry
- Let your child help you perform maintenance around the house; such as how to clean, how to use a hammer, screwdriver, etc.
- Let your child go with you to the grocery store (if it is available) and teach them how to shop for groceries within a budget
- sheppardsoftware.com has lots of educational games for all levels and all contents