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Many of us are in a place that we didn't think we'd be this time last year...

Distance Learning.

However you find yourself in this strange new era, we are all in this together. So this week's Bluegrass Edu Podcast: episode 5 shares tips for families as you plan for distance learning. You can listen to it on Spotify or Anchor. These are the things Daniel and I (and the amazing folks from our Bluegrass Edu Facebook Group) learned during our spring NTI experiences, mistakes we made, and what we plan to do differently this time. (In one three minute segment I talk about church, wine, and epsom salt baths. Ha!) There's so much out there we can't control right now, these are a few things you can plan for to hopefully relieve some stress and start out on the right foot for learning.

Maya Angelou says you do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, you do better. These are the things we learned during our last session and plan to "do better" this time around. I know we will still make mistakes... but I also know we will make some memories (and laughs) this semester. We've got this... together.

We will post more soon about how our family is creating an environment for learning in our home.

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I love seeing all the classrooms in Google Slides- obviously! I made a whole video on it, ha! But day to day Canva is more my vibe. If you don't have a Canva account yet, run and make one. It makes your assignments and communications to admins and families look so engaging. I even use it for projects for my family. This video shares a "how to" guide on creating a virtual classroom using canvas.

I love this option because you can download as a PDF with links, leave as a presentation, publish as a website or copy an embed code. It is so versatile and Canva images always look so sharp.

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Buttons For Teachers

PPE on educators is important for safety, but it’s not something children are used to seeing. Here’s a little tip I saw from pediatric nurses that may be helpful to you if you are returning to school face to face.

💙 Folks in BG and Warren County: I am just thrilled to share with you that our friends at the Warren County Public Library have offered to make buttons for you for FREE. (Thank you Jen and Lisa!) All you have to do is complete the form below and attach a photo.…/1FAIpQLSf6aKYMxoJB1HWRLo…/viewform

🖤 Monroe County friends: I’ve spoken to your public library and they are also eager to help. I will be glad to help you facilitate this discussion. Or you can call the library and ask to talk to Monica. Other friends with public library contacts, reach out to try to form a partnership on this and let me know if Daniel or I can help. If your school has access to a button maker, share this idea with your staff! 🙌🏼 to Renee for offering to do this for her whole staff at DCMS!

I know it’s not perfect right now. I pray for your safety every day. But little things can become the big this. I think this is one of those little things we can do that will make a big difference. If my children were going to school face to face, I’d probably make them buttons or smile necklaces right now too. (We can’t send them due to Jonah’s advanced risks. We’ve been on strict quarantine since March and I grieve the loss of social interaction for them this year... but that’s a whole other post.) 💙

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