It’s getting real now. I am mad. My birthday is next Monday and the ENTIRE state of Colorado just closed all bars and restaurants for 60 days. I know that sounds selfish, but dammit, I wanted to eat out at a local Turkish place.
So, today was a bit of school, some trips to the store to get plants and stuff, some reading and making macaroons for tomorrow. Hannah met up with a friend and Jack and I walked.
GirlTrek 30 day challenge, do at least 20 walks in the next 30 days, here are a few walking theme ideas to do.
☐ to the grocery store
☐ to the post office
☐ with co-workers
☐ wIth a friend
☐ across town
☐ at sunrise
☐ after a big meal.
☐ at sunset
☐ to get dessert
☐ to window shop
☐ to pick up litter
☐ to run an errand
☐ to visit a neighbor
☐ on a date
☐ instead of watching TV
☐ to the salon
☐ with a family member
☐ to wind down or relax
☐ to the end of your block
☐ around your block
☐ around your block twice
☐ as fast as you can, powerwalk
☐ 4 laps around a track, that’s a mile!
☐ 1 mile in 20 minutes or less
☐ 1 mile in 15 minutes or less
☐ 2 miles in 40 minutes or less
☐ 2 miles in 30 minutes or less
☐ 3.1 miles, that’s a 5K!
☐ 4 miles in 1 hour or less
☐ 6.21 miles, that’s a10K!
☐ to take a “sweaty selfie!”
☐ to earn a “GirlTrekGlow”
☐ in a pair of supportive sneakers
☐ in a “superhero blue”GirlTrek shirt
☐ in a race or charity walk
☐ along a river
☐ across a bridge
☐ on a beach
☐ on a wooded trail
☐ under a starry sky
☐ in a local park
☐ in a city park
☐ in a state park
☐ in a national park
☐ in a hilarious outfit
☐ to a street fair or market
☐ at a farmers market
☐ to a festival or concert
☐ to a museum
☐ to turn up
☐ to the best view of the city
☐ to a tourist site
☐ to a cultural landmark
EMOTIONAL HEALING WALKS
☐ to celebrate good news
☐ to clear my head
☐ after a long day
☐ after a tough conversation
☐ in silence
☐ to pray or meditate
☐ to listen to music
☐ when I feel thankful
☐ when I feel joyful
☐ when I feel calm
☐ because I feel stuck
☐ because I feel stressed
☐ because I feel afraid
☐ because I feel sad
☐ because I feel alone
☐ because I feel angry
☐ to forgive myself or someone
☐ to remember that I am awesome
For those who suddenly find themselves homeschoolers due to school closures, it’s going to be hard. I have been homeschooling for 23 years, but I chose to do it. When you are suddenly thrust into the life by force, with factors that make it harder like single parent homes or dual working homes, younger children, children with disabilities – it’s going to be difficult but not impossible. Some schools are going on-line, but not everyone has access to a laptop/computer/tablet. You could use wi-fi at the library (if the library is open and you can get there), but don’t worry – 3-6 weeks off of ‘school’ is not going to impair your children.
Start with looking at who is going to stay home with the kids (unless they are of an age to stay home alone.) It may be a neighbor, grandparent, parent, older sibling, you may have to collaborate with other parents to do 2 days at one home, 2 days at another, etc.
Set a schedule, it’s not going to take as long to do school as it does at school, so if they have work or worksheets from a teacher, break it up into some kind of schedule. Allow for breaks, outdoor play, reading, etc. If you can’t use the links below, pencil, paper and books/DVD’s will get you the same amount of information.
Use this time to practice some life skills, cleaning bathrooms, personal hygiene, home repairs, shopping and cooking, meal planning, doing laundry (start to finish), etc. Start an indoor garden, start a kitchen herb garden, find ways to use food that you already have in a recipe.
If you have Internet and laptops utilize them for learning, Khan academy is free, there are documentaries for history, Youtube videos for science and (of course) books. Go stock up at the library on read alouds, history, science, fiction, non-fiction, DVD’s, audiobooks, etc. Below are some links to free on-line learning to get started.
ETA – if your library is shut down, utilize their on-line digital media and videos if you can.
Links – https://www.khanacademy.org/
I want to give those Mamas and Dads that are about to embark on a weeks long journey of ‘not their choice’ learning at home some words. It’s going to be okay. It’s scary right now, your kids are probably jumping for joy at the thought of being home for an extended period of time – but you? Not so much. What about work, bills, school work, tests, keeping them entertained etc?
I previously posted some tips for homeschooling, but here are a few more.
-Read. Read outloud, read real books, digital books, make your own books. Read graphic novels, read history, read Dr. Seuss. Listen to audiobooks. Download the library apps for access to tons of books. Find books at Little free libraries when the library is shut down.
-Write. Start a journal, write down what is happening right now – because it’s never happened in your kids lifetimes before. Create your own newspaper, make a digital version or handwrite one. Create poetry and simple paragraphs/5 paragraph/essays about things you’ve read/seen.
-Walk. Rec centers may be closed, but no one said you can’t walk around your neighborhood, go to a state park, find a new hiking trail. Look around, identify birds and animals. Learn the types of clouds, use a compass, identify local landmarks, make your own map.
-Cook. There is plenty of time now to cook together. Try new recipes. Use what’s in the pantry. Use spices, think outside the box. Get with neighbors and trade food staples. Learn how to can, make your own jams, jellies and pickled veggies. In Denver (and I assume in most cities) schools are still offering free breakfast and lunch to those that need it. Take advantage of what you need, but leave resources for others or be ready to help your neighbor.
-History/Math/Science. History can be read or watched as documentaries. Math is all around you, shopping, cooking, weather, statistics, on-line games. Play store and make change. Science projects, grab some balloons you can do a lot of easy experiments with them. Make a baking soda/vinegar volcano. Watch science videos on PBS and Youtube. Create a science fair project.
-Art. Break out the crayons, paper, canvas, paint, brushes, fingerpaints. Digital art, paper mache art, wire art, bead art. Create dioramas about historical events, make sand art, use chalk on the driveway. Learn how to stack rock cairns, create nature art, paint with water on the sidewalk.
-Worship. Whatever that looks like to you. Most churches will be shutting down, but some have on-line services. Go outside and pray, sing, read the Word. You don’t need to be in a physical church to worship. Hope is always present.
recipes using what you have – https://www.supercook.com/#/recipes
Free nightly opera streaming – https://www.metopera.org/
Easy science experiments – https://mommypoppins.com/…/50-easy-science-experiments-for-…
ebooks – https://www.gutenberg.org/
arts/crafts ideas – https://babbledabbledo.com/80-easy-creative-projects-for-k…/
virtual field trips – https://www.virtualfieldtrips.org/
Educational companies offering free subscriptions – https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/…/list-of-education-compan…/…