Corona Virus has brought us all disappointment after disappointment. Hopefully as you read this, you have remained safe and healthy, along with your loved ones.
As I search for silver linings through it all, the virtual homeschool class I taught for families stands out.I started teaching a class for children during school closures in March and met with over 400 children three times a week. These lessons composed of a literacy component, a brain break for movement, real life connections, a visual demonstration of the character trait and Q&A for the children to be involved. Each lesson was designed around a positive social skill such as empathy, forgiveness, problem solving and the most popular class was on sibling rivalry.
As we enter the new school year, still with so many unknowns, our children may continue to be feeling anxious, sad and confused. One of the reasons I started teaching the virtual class in the first place was to give children tools to deal with these big emotions. I don’t pretend to be a therapist or medical profession but I have researched mental wellness and character for over a decade in my work as a parent educator and children’s book author. The messages in my picture books are along the same lines as the messages in the homeschool classes I designed and taught over zoom.
I am offering the Sunny Side Homeschool classes this fall. Here are the details:
Live classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 2-2:30PM EST September-December (28 lessons in all)
- Grades K-5
- Focus on positivity
- Learn tools for mental wellness
- Literacy connection
- Brain Breaks (movement during class)
- Creative object lessons (demonstrations by the instructor that like feel like science experiments!)
$10 for 28 classes
Enroll your child here.
What Parents & Teachers Are Saying
“I am loving these lessons as both my boys struggle with low self esteem and not a ton of confidence.”LAURA L.
“I just wanted to drop a quick note to you and just say how much I appreciate all of your help during this quarantine. You truly are a wonderful teacher, mother and human! We love your lessons. As a youth services librarian, I know a great resource when I see one.”STACY LANE
It is wonderful to have the tangible object lessons to discuss over and over again with our real life difficulties!”JENNY CAMPBELL
“You are bringing so much joy to children with these lessons. Thank you!”LEAH YOUNG
“My daughter has attended every single one of your character education classes and I can’t thank you enough for the tools you have provided her and I…”CINDY LYON
I think the best thing I have read during all of this in the most recent weeks is to respect the decisions families are making about what school will look like in the fall for their children. There are many factors to consider if your district has given you a choice to make and those factors look different for different families. Let’s team together and support each other. If you know of another family whose child(ren) will be home this fall, please share this digital resource with them.