Journaling During the Coronavirus

Writing Journal during the Coronavirus for kids

Journaling to Keep Kids Calm

NOW is the time to be journaling! We are all living history right now.  Even though this is a time of uncertainty, there is a lot to learn, feelings to explore, thoughts to organize and people coming together to turn lemons into lemonade.  We didn’t ask for this Coronavirus. Everyday is like living in a strange movie.  One moment you are fine and the next moment the sky is falling.  Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts.  Students right now should be taking notes of news headlines, observing the stock market fluctuate, and learning about healthy habits.

Should Adults Keep a Journal?

Writing is a great way to confront your emotions during difficult times.  It helps you face your fears.  Taking notes of what is going on in your world, your mind and your home can help you stay mentally healthy.  Journaling serves as a great tool for people at any age!  Start journaling today.

Distance Learning Packets for HOME

This is a difficult time for teachers and parents everywhere with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus changing our life.  There is one thing that I know for sure, CHILDREN NEED to keep a routine in their life to help them feel safe.  I created some distance learning packets with a fun spring theme to help keep children on track with their education and on a regular routine.

Packets range from Pre-K to 5th Grade.  They all include math and literacy skills that are specific to the standards for each grade.  Each packet has a sight word list, reading log, writing activities and include different covers.  This makes it easy to print and staple into a fun Spring Break Journal.

The easy NO PREP packets are available for only $4:

PRESCHOOL

KINDERGARTEN

FIRST GRADE

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

GET the all BUNDLED!

PRESCHOOL HOME LEARNING PACKET

KINDERGARTEN DISTANCE LEARNING PACKET

FIRST GRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

SECOND GRADE DISTANCE LEARNING PACKET

tHIRD GRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

4TH GRADE DISTANCE LEARNING pACKET

5TH gRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

We are in this together! Here is a FREE home lesson made especially for families who want their kids to learn about healthy habits and have fun while they are home.

Coronavirus Distance Learning for PARENTS

Another great way to keep kids engaged is to have them create a 2020 Memory Journal.  Journaling is a great way for kids to organize their feelings.  They will write about their feelings, things they can control, learn about the stock market on a kids friendly level, take temperatures and read about healthy habits.

Coronavirus Journal for Kids

Hopefully this pandemic won’t run all the way into summer.  I do have summer packets ready for you. Check out the bundle.

summer packets for home learning

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At Home Learning During The Cornonavirus

This is a scary time we are living in right now.  Part of me as parent wants to tell the district that we have bigger issues to worry about than distance learning. The teacher part of me knows that students can miss a lot of information in a month or two without instruction.  There is no way that we can replace good teachers with parents or packets to be as effective for our children, but parents can encourage home education during this time.

Are Worksheets the Answer?

You won’t find many teachers who support overloading kids with worksheets, but you also won’t find many who never use worksheets. Sending home packets with students can be a great way to keep students learning if we remember the importance of worksheets.

Just because it’s on paper doesn’t mean it’s bad.  Well-designed worksheets help structure work for children.  Printed resources can keep children on task, help them concentrate and hopefully help them work with very little support from adults. I know lots of teachers who had to scramble to put packets together for students this past week.  Some felt guilty. Others felt like they did a service for their families.  I have used packets in the classroom to organize student work.  Many worksheets are designed to have students work together or provides a hands-on learning game. I sent home spring break packets, summer packets and homework packets regularly to my families to help their children.  

Worksheets as ACTIVITIES

Some worksheets can easily be made into flashcards, tasks for physical or oral activities, puzzles, origami, art or games.  One of my favorite kinds of printables are Write the Room activities.  This is where you place vocabulary words, sentences or pictures around a room. Students must move around to locate each one. Then, they read and write it on a worksheet.

Many worksheets have checkoffs or keys for students to use to monitor their own learning progress.  As a teacher, I can use the worksheets or activities to see how my students are learning.  Parents could check to see if students did the work later instead of having to be there if they have to go to work.  Worksheet packets for students who don’t have access to computers can be very valuable to their education.  What parent doesn’t like to hang a worksheet or piece of art on the refrigerator to show they support their child’s efforts?

Powerful Packets

Teachers would all love to have hands-on “worksheet free” classrooms.  The truth is sometimes you can’t replace old fashion paper and pencil activities. They are valuable when you need assessment tools that show previous knowledge, to view learning outcomes, to share information with other adults and to allow students to monitor the progress of their own learning.

Not all kids can learn from a packet or worksheet which is why the value of a good educator will always be needed for maximum growth. Packets can be powerful though.  So, don’t judge others who find them successful.

Keep helping students to learn, use social distance and keep your hands clean! We are all in this together. Which reminds me of these FREE labels to put on your hand sanitizer bottles to help empower children.

Hand Sanitizer Labels

March FREE Teaching Resources for Teachers

March Resources for Teachers

So this is a CRAzy (with a capital CRA) time of our life!  Teachers and parents we will get through this difficult time with the Coronavirus floating around ruining our daily life as we know it.  I talked to a few of my TpT author friends and found some March Freebies to share with all of you who are still in the classroom or parents who are helping your children grow with home learning.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

March Activities for use with Reading Celebrations    Women in History Scoot or Task Cards With QR Codes FREEBIE

Spring Writing Activities | Spring Writing Center Free     March Freebie: Butterfly Life Cycle

Leprechaun Math Game | St. Patrick's Day Math Game     Editable Calendar for Homework | March 2020 Calendar Printable

If you need more THIS LINK will take to to all the freebies in my store.  Stay Strong! – Cindy

Free Teacher Resources