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Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Our latest Bluegrass EDU podcast is all about Distance learning. In this episode we will discuss tips for implementing Distance Learning this Fall and tell a few personal stories (and major fails) from our own distance learning experiences as both teachers and parents and what we learned. You can listen to it on Spotify or Anchor.

Our next episode will be a set of tips just for families and caregivers!

If you'd like to jot down your thoughts as you think plan and listen, Daniel and I have also created a note making page for you.

Here are a few links that may be helpful for you as you listen, research and plan for your school year.

Brain Breaks

Sample Choice Board (Think Tac Toe)

Mindfulness Resources (Linked in this blog post about our first podcast)

Below you will find a sample schedule that our family used for our 2nd grader in the spring. We do mention a few changes in the podcast that we'd make to this schedule. For example: I think times would be helpful to help parents understand how long children should spend on tasks. I also would include daily living things like eating breakfast or lunch. I also think brain break reminders would be helpful. When I create our schedule for the new school year in August, I'll post it here. :)

If you have ideas for future podcasts, please don't hesitate to reach out. We'd love to hear from you.

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Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Hi Bluegrass Friends!

Here are a few tips and budget friendly ideas for packing lunch for littles that promote independence! I'm a teacher/early childhood consultant and a mom of a little guy with cerebral palsy. When my younger son was in preschool 5 years ago I spent months working with an OT trying out millions (not really... but it felt that way) of lunch boxes and containers to find one he could do all by himself. That year I even took an online Montessori class all about teaching children to be more independent by the way you set up your home. Lunches/meals/snacks were one of the components of this course. It literally changed our lives. (If you are a special needs mama, you should check out Maria Montessori's life. She believed that all children could be taught... even those that society at the time had given up on.) There were things I had previously thought Joe would never be able to do, that he could do immediately after I learned to change my approach and materials.

Very little about how I pack his lunch, five years later, has changed. This year he will begin the school year at home with me for distance learning or home school. He has some medical concerns that make this a better choice for him now, but I have already decided I will still be setting up his lunch box similar to how we've always done it. It's a routine that he's proud to be able to do all on his , and I don't want to take that away from him... or have him loose any of these skills.

This video focuses on a few key items:

  1. The Lunch Box

  2. The Food (Not nutrition, just the packaging)

  3. Containers

  4. Drinks

  5. Clean Up (Planning for the mess was one of the best tips from the Montessori)

Packing a lunch or snack that kids can open and navigate not only makes them feel more self reliant, but it's also a great thing to do to help keep other's hands away from their food... so it may make you feel a little safer if your child is returning to in person school this fall. I hope this video helps you out a bit. If you'd like to know more about how we changed our home environment to encourage independence, let me know! I'll be happy to share.

Here are the links for the products I shared today.

Pottery Barn Lunch Box

Storage Containers

Insulated Pottery Barn Bottle

Bubba Bottle

*** The prices in the video were accurate as of the time it was recorded, but some were on sale. Please double check the website for accurate pricing info. :)

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Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Have you wanted to create your own virtual classroom, but aren't sure how to find images? I compiled a kit for you! Click the image below or here to see the kit. I've also created a how to video for you!

.Here are some notes about this Google Slide Set

  • These images were found using Google’s Image Search feature. You can find your own images by going to Insert, Image, Search The Web in Google Slides. Adding the ending png or transparent to the object you are searching (desk png or desk transparent) will help you find an image without a background.  

  • Please check the copyright for each of these images before distributing. 

  • Slides 3 and 4 are sample classroom backgrounds, but you can find more using the Google Image Search Feature outlined in bullet one by searching for walls, windows, and floors.

  • You can link each image by clicking the image, and then clicking the “link” image on your toolbar. 

  • Open a blank slide, copy and paste in the images you want to create your classroom… it’s sort of like playing paper dolls!

  • Make a plan for each image… how will the students interact with each section? 

  • Here are some tips of what it can link to:  (THE SKY IS THE LIMIT HERE!) 

  • Video (one you create or online)

  • Websites

  • Sites for Sharing (Flipgrid/Padlett) 

  • Books 

  • Virtual manipulatives   

  • Create a teacher bitmoji of yourself to add to your classroom! 

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