Entering the World of At-Home Learning
This isn’t really a blog post as I don’t have much time to write these days. Like many people, I am trying to keep my head above water.
The kids are home and I am lucky enough to still be working. I do have reduced hours but I am trying to be indispensable so that I am not the first to go. I like to pretend that things are in my control even though, as the past month or so has taught us that nothing is in our control.
Like many people around the world, I am worried about getting sick, worried about others getting sick and yes, worried about the economy and how it will affect me and those who I love (and don’t love).
Even while people are dying, we still have to live and pay the bills and buy food. I do have a renewed sense of gratefulness for everything that I have- including my health. Many relatives of mine are very sick so I am trying to spend more time calling family members especially my grandparents.
I am always working on ways to cut down expenses and reduce food waste in my house. When you try to limit all grocery trips- then you make do with what is in your house before heading out into the dangerous outdoors. Again, a new sense of being grateful for what we do have.
Kids at Home
I have splurged a bit lately, though. I purchased some new toys and puzzles for the kids. Being stuck in my house with the kids has forced me to keep them entertained and I am trying to teach them as much as possible. I am basically teaching them whatever comes to mind, with a large focus on Passover.
There are so many free and amazing resources that I have discovered online! Here are some of amazing resources that I have been using. I am trying to just utilize the free things as I am working on a very, very limited budget right now. I have a small emergency fund and I want to use that as little as possible as I don’t know when this whole thing will be over and when I will be able to go back to work full-time. If you have the resources, then there are some paid versions as well so it would be great to support the creators who must have spent hours putting these materials together.
A quick and easy way to support creators, if you don’t have extra money, is to click on ads on their sites, subscribe to their emails, leave comments on their sites and share the great materials that you find!
5 Great Sites to help you with At-Home Learning:
- Education.com – is mostly paid materials but they have some free sheets. They have also specifically put together a set of materials for At-Home learning that are free to download.
- Teachers Pay Teachers– is all materials made by teachers that they upload so that you can purchase and help dedicated teachers supplement their income. They have some free materials that you can use as well.
- Happy Teacher Mama – is a great blog about homeschooling. They have some paid printable and lesson plans but if you subscribe to the email list you can get tons of free stuff as well. The blog is great to read as well!
- Living Montessori Now – my kids are in a Montessori playgroup so I have been trying to keep up all the amazing stuff they do in their school. This blog has some paid features but a lot of great ideas and lot of free printables as well.
- Montessori Mom – still within the Montessori theme is this great blog with Montessori themed ideas, trays and printables.
I hope some of these help you with this new, scary and strange world we have been thrust into!
Stay safe and wash your hands!