Science: #LetsScience with MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER
This year we got our annual membership with the Maryland Science Center and the kids really enjoyed their visit. Obviously, we cannot wait to go back once we can. But for now, here are a lot of wonderful hands-on Science activities you can do with the children at home. Science is one of my weak areas so to be able to enhance STEM learning for my own children this way is a wonderful co-curricular activity. We did the “Hagfish Slime” activity which was quick, easy, and so much fun! Check out our home video:
If you are deciding on supporting the Maryland Science Center, it is always a good idea to buy merchandise from their stores or to purchase a membership which will help towards their loss of income during this time. Click here for some of our tips and benefits of membership.
Math: MATH WITH DANICA MCKELLAR
Many parents have to homeschool the past weeks. If you’re running out of ideas on how to teach K-1 Math skills, here’s Math wizard, Danica McKellar, who can give you tips on how to help your little ones at home.
For hands-on math puzzles, we use this from MasterPieces Puzzle:
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History: VIRTUAL VISIT MOUNT VERNON
One of the things I love about Mount Vernon’s website is how student-centered and child-friendly their content is. At another post (go to Tip #4), we mentioned how they have video Q & A’s which answer questions most often asked by kids. They also have a lot of informational videos that cater to kids of all ages and adults alike. If you want activity ideas for your children, they have age-appropriate suggestions here. Finally, if all this talk of Mount Vernon and George Washington makes you wish to visit, take the virtual tour for now until it opens again in April. Keeping our 🤞.
Science: THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Are your kids off the walls already and getting cabin fever? Do you need a break from the news? We’ve found that watching the live stream from the National Aquarium has a pretty calming effect. Click on the link and you can watch the live stream from three exhibits at the aquarium live during regular hours, and after hours, they will make available a recording from the day. Stay positive as we keep our heads above the water.
Reading: THE KENNEDY CENTER
The Kennedy Center is hosting LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems, author of the Pigeon books and the Elephant and Piggie series among others. Every weekday at 1 p.m. EST. Don’t forget to tune in to spend some doodling time with Mo.
Health: and Music: WASH YOUR HANDS SONG
Here’s a website that will help you and your kids make handwashing fun. I chose Thomas the Train’s theme song for the kids. 🙌
Reading in the Content Areas:
Here’s a link to the NPR website on a comic book explaining to kids about the virus.
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