Shelter-in-Place Superheroes Livestream: Episode 2 – Empathy is for Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in BGL’s Shelter-in-Place Superheroes Livestream on April 9! At the end of the livestream many families joined the video call to share their own super powers and their “superglue superpower” – empathy. It was awesome! To respect their privacy we left that part out of the video, but the rest of it is here! Enjoy, superheroes!

For more educational content like this, give us your email! We’ll send you updates.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

This is Your Single Best Online Resource for Home Schooling

 Wide Open School – https://wideopenschool.org/

For parents who are drowning in free resources during school closures it can be hard to know where to look. We’ll be honest – we think you should look at our site, too – we have great tips for parents and teachers during these crazy times.

But my goodness Wide Open School is doing it right. We love this resource because of the combination of depth and user-friendliness. You answer two simple questions upon entering: are you a parent or teacher and what is your grade level. From there it takes you to an amazingly well-curated treasure trove of “parent can actually accomplish something while child does something productive with screen time”-style options.

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 3.33.22 PM.png

The best feature is the “daily schedule” that plans your day for you with new stuff every day. 

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 3.35.40 PM.png

We highly recommend this as one-stop clicking for parents in need!

For more educational content like this, give us your email! We’ll send you updates.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Shelter-in-Place Superheroes Livestream: Episode 1 – Feeling Fun!

Thanks to everyone who made it to BGL’s first Shelter-in-Place Superheroes Livestream! At the end of the livestream many families joined the video call to share their own super powers. It was awesome! To respect their privacy we left that part out of the video, but the rest of it is here! Enjoy, superheroes!

For more educational content like this, give us your email! We’ll send you updates.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Wiggle Wiggle: A Much-Needed 2-Minute Brain Break

This is just really cute, y’all! Thanks to all the kiddos for their awesome wiggling.

For more educational content like this, give us your email! We’ll send you updates.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Shelter-in-Place Superheroes: BGL’s New FREE INTERACTIVE LIVESTREAM Weekly Event!

superheroes flier.png

 Shelter-in-Place Superheroes

Thursdays in April at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific! 

Shelter-in-Place Superheroes: it’s a short variety show that YOU can be a part of (if you choose)!

Right now, we’re all superheroes! We’re protecting the community by staying at home and keeping the coronavirus from spreading around! Thank you, superhero!

Would you like to meet some other superheroes who are doing the same thing? Then join us for Shelter-in-Place Superheroes where we’ll meet some new friends and talk about how we’re all Feeling Fun!

Vida tells jokes!
Jackie dances!
Lucas plays music!
Courtney trains her dog!
Jimmy and Bella do flips!
Travis, Teddy and Ava do science, and notice things!
Lance and Kris play puppets!
Arielle gardens!
Tutu is mindful!

At the end, you can choose to share your quarantine superpower – art, singing, dancing, and more – with Teacher Seth and other Shelter-in-Place Superheroes!

Then, we’ll see you there on Thursdays in April at 10am Pacific!

*Recommended age groups: 3 to 10 years old. Requires Zoom (free download) and parent supervision.

Want more fun stuff like this? Give us your email and we’ll put you on our email list.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Also check out CILC’s Community of Learning – live virtual field trips throughout the learning day via sign ups.

This 4-Year Old Loves the ZooAmerica Livestream

The following is from BGL’s founder, Seth.

Many thanks to awesome educator Kirstin Edwards for this extremely thorough list of virtual field trips and livestreams that are available during school closures.

It was there that I discovered my four year old’s new favorite livestream: ZooAmerica.

Here I ask him what he’s watching and he says, “The zoo, and it’s happening right now!” Even at 4 years old the concept of the stream being live added an extra level of excitement.

The zoo caretakers are extremely knowledgeable and answer live questions (submitted via the FaceBook page) using language that is accessible for young learners. Plus, the 15-minute running time provides a much-needed break for this tired parent in Week 2 of school closures.

Afterwards we looked up some more otter videos on YouTube and “played otter” for a while in the living room. I will follow up tomorrow with more otter related activities (drawing! Playing with the letters o, t, e and r! More playing otter!) to reinforce the learning.

So, check it out! ZooAmerica livestreams every day from their FaceBook page at 11am Eastern.

For more educational content like this, give us your email! We’ll send you updates.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Video Conference Storytime: Another Way to Connect

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling

What was your favorite book as a child?

Mine was Are You My Mother?. Not only did I love it as a child, I read it over and over again to my toddler brothers when I was a teenager. Now, I love reading this story to my students as Teacher Jackie. Here I share Are You My Mother? with students at Xing Kong, a progressive kindergarten in Kunshan, China:

 

I marvel at how something so simple – a story – can engage students so thoroughly across the world and through a computer screen. The sense of excitement, the cadence of the voice, the movement, the suspense – when I read to children, especially online, I share that same wonder and passion for storytelling that I admired as a child. Even across the language barrier, the students hang on my words – for the love of story. 

Stories are incredibly powerful. Stories connect us. Stories comfort us. Stories transport us. Stories are the legacy we leave of our time. Whether you weave your own tale or read a classic, sharing stories with children is a net positive for our collective whole.

Do you have a story you want to share? Write it in the comments? Or share a link to your own YouTube video. 

For more stories and read alouds, check out our YouTube Playlist: Storytime: Read with a Teacher.

And, for a little more support reading aloud over video conferencing check out the Caribu app which does much of the work for you. Especially good for young learners!

Want more tips for teachers and parents who suddenly find themselves doubling as teachers? Give us your email and we’ll email you our best blog posts.

 

 

Americastle: A Sensible 30-Minute Break from Homeschooling Your Young Child

For parents of young children it is particularly difficult to find time to complete work-from-home tasks while being responsible for their little one. BGL is emptying its vault of content for the larger population during school closures and one piece that is particularly well-suited for young learners is our television program, Americastle.

King Jonathan goes on an adventure to find his missing friend. Along the way he sings songs, learns phonics, meets some colorful new friends and has a whole lot of fun!

Wand power!!!

How to Create Your Child’s Flexible Learn-From-Home Schedule

Kids crave routine. They get it at school and (for most kids) it works. Adults, on the other hand, suddenly find themselves working from home with their kids as their sometimes-bubbly, sometimes-bored office mates. These parents need flexibility.

How to merge these needs into a daily schedule that works for everyone?

shutterstock_502980568

Below is a strategy that worked for Seth, BGL’s founder, as he joined millions of people this week by unexpectedly doubling up on his day job to become a barely-there homeschool teacher. He followed this strategy with his first-grade daughter and it’s worked really well so far.

All of these steps should be completed with (or by) your child.

Step 1: Brainstorm all the things your child might want to do during the “school day.” We suggest listing things within categories: social calls, family contact, meals, projects, physical activity, written work, art and music, reading, math, virtual field trips, unstructured playtime, direct instruction from an adult, and, inevitably, screen time. It’s ok if some things are listed in more than one category.

Step 2: Create a bank of all your brainstormed activities. It should live in the same place you will write the schedule. Keep it organized by category. Tag activities for which they can be independent versus ones for which they might need help.

Step 3: Choose your medium. Will this be virtual schedule? Piece of paper? We suggest a white board for easy erasing with the activities bank printed out on paper and attached to the board.

Step 4: Choose your time increments. For younger kids try shorter time increments; for older kids try longer ones. Limit it to “school time” (really, your work time) – the rest of the day can be open. Let’s not get too crazy here!

Step 5: Begin to make the schedule: cross-reference your work schedule and identify times when you will be less available to support them. Drop items tagged as “independent” into those time slots.

Step 6:  Next, drop in fixed appointments such as lunch, their daily call with grandma and their (now virtual) piano lesson.

Step 6a: If you have more than one kid, drop in activities that will be done in tandem leaving the rest of the remaining time slots open.

Step 7: Finally, give them full control over the rest of the schedule. Teach them how to consult the bank of activities and drop them into the schedule at logical times. Encourage choosing at least one item from each category and adding items to the bank. Consider double blocks for activities that might require more sustained attention. Revisit the parameters often, feel free to switch things around day-of and solicit their feedback. To reduce stress, do this on the weekend for the whole week or the night before each day. Be flexible!

We hope you find this helpful! Check out our other recent blog posts aimed at supporting this brand new crop of teachers formerly known as parents.

And, sign up for our email list! We’ll send you emails with free stuff, helpful tips and learning success stories

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.