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. However, I wanted to give you a quick update and let you know about some great at-home learning resources that I have been using- all of them have free options!
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 gratitude 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.
My son is learning how to write so we are practicing by writing letters to various grandparents that we then mail. its a good way to practice writing and there is the added bonus of experiencing the thrill of getting an actual letter in the mail (pretty rare these days!).
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. This means that I quickly had to discover at-home learning resources to help me plan my days.
At-Home Learning Resources
There are so many free and amazing teaching and learning resources that I have discovered online! Here are some of amazing at-home learning resources that I have been using. I am trying to just utilize the free resources as I am working on a very, very limited budget right now.
I know that I am not really home-schooling right now- we really are doing at-home learning or home-education rather than homeschooling.
But since my kids receive very little education from their teachers right now than forgive me if I FEEL like I am homeschooling. I definitely had to so some quick research on at-home learning resources, trying to find worksheets, assignments, experiments, lesson plans and any online or free educational resource.
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 money, 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. Currently, I need to focus on the free and super cheap as money is getting tighter and tighter.
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! So many of these great teachers have spent time uploading lesson plans, digital learning resources, assignments, and learning materials so it would be really great to support them any way you can.
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 sets 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. This is a site where teachers post lesson plans, printable worksheets, classroom resources, handouts, and other coursework. If you poke around you can find some great teaching ideas and resources for free and tons and tons of resources that you can pay for.
- Happy Teacher Mama – is a great blog about homeschooling. They have some paid printable worksheets 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 at-home learning resources help you with this new, scary and strange world we have been thrust into!
Stay safe and wash your hands!