Covid-19 has impacted my life! Because of the Coronavirus Lockdown, I haven’t seen my grandchildren in so long! I haven’t been able to throw a party for my daughter’s birthday. Our homeschool co-op is meeting online. I’m waiting to go to the dentist and can’t wait to lay down on the beach again. Most of all, I want to hug my friends!
That got me thinking.
Do you realize that we are living through a time that will be written about in history books?
We will be telling stories from 2020 to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
That is exciting stuff! So, I was thinking it would be awesome to use this time to have some out-of-the box homeschool learning adventures. I came up with 9 ideas!
Create a time capsule with the whole
family. You can bury it in the back yard or tuck it away in a hidden place,
agreeing to open it again in a certain number of years (10, 20, 30).
Here are some things you might include:
- Photos of family, pets, lockdown, grocery stores, streets
- Journal of this time
- Clippings from newspapers or magazines
- artwork created by family members
- recordings by family members
- Letter from each family member to future self
- Pair of Gloves
- CDC Poster
Keep a journal throughout the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. You don’t have to write everyday. Write about things that are happened in your home and current events.
Become a news reporter and family news team. Role play different key figures in the worldwide pandemic while one family member interviews them. Be sure to capture it all on videotape.
You can do a unit study on Covid-19. There is so much to cover!
- Faith –passages on God’s protection & healing (e.g. Psalm 91, Psalm 103), Churches streaming services, benevolence, national days of fasting & prayer
- Anatomy –Respiratory System, Pneumonia
- Health –handwashing, germs, social distancing, nutrition, healthy habits, vaccines
- Machines –Ventilators
- Business/Money–businesses that are stepping up–who are they and what are they doing
- Economy –stock market, unemployment, stimulus package
- Government –what state and local leaders and agencies are doing to fight Covid-19. How are Constitutional rights being protected, CDC, FDA
- Careers –medical, trucking, grocery stores, banking,
- Geography –countries and states unique experience with Covid-19
- Art–Covid-19 Posters
- Homemaking –sewing masks
- Other –Army Corps of Engineers
Make a scrapbook on Covid-19 with fancy scissors, cardstock, and stickers. Include lots of photos and news clippings. Be sure to include photos of you face-timing friends and relatives. And don’t forget to write captions under all the photos.
Create a picture book for younger children that explains what the coronavirus is, how to stay healthy, what happened around the world, or how your family experienced the pandemic.
Create your own dictionary of Covid-19-related words like epidemic, pandemic, coronavirus, quarantine, immunologist, etc. Be sure to add pictures.
Round Table Discussions
You’ve seen these on TV where a bunch of people sit around and discuss current events. Firing Line, The View, and The McLaughlin Group are good examples. Another way to spice it up is to pretend to be different people who hold very diverse opinions.
Fine Arts Project
Paintings, sculpture, poetry, music, and drawings express our feelings about the Covid-19 experience. These creative outlets don’t just allow us to express our emotions, but lets viewers and listeners connect with Covid-19 on a deeper level. Art is a gift to the world!
I hope these ideas stir up your creativity. If God turns everything around for good (see Romans 8:28), then we can, too!
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe and healthy.
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!