Parents / Grandparents / Friends / Caregivers,

We recognize the demands you have on your mind, your patience, your time, your space and your resources. We also recognize your love for your family supersedes all. We know this because we have families ourselves. We have set this site up as a menu to spark ideas should your imagination or the imagination of your teen temporarily run dry. The goal of it is to support your learners' independence and give parents the opportunity for some independent time of their own!

Check out the various ideas below to encourage students in grades 4-6 to become active, creative, mindful and helpful students, while they live and learn at home. Click on the images to take you to websites with more ideas!

Photography Walk

ACTIVE

 

Photography Walk

 

Head on outside and take a walk, but don't forget to bring your phone or camera! Breath in the fresh air and allow nature to inspire you. Take pictures of cool things that you see and make sure to share them with others!

Virtual Boot Camp

ACTIVE

 

Virtual Boot Camp

 

Consider finding a boot camp or virtual online workout class to try out on Youtube or Netflix this week. Get your friends together digitally to workout together! Don't be discouraged if its difficult, give it your best try!

Go for a Run or Jog

ACTIVE

 

Go for a run / jog

 

Tie up those running shoes, pop those headphones in and go for a quick jog or run around your local neighborhood. Track your run on an app. Put on your favorite song or podcast and explore new paths as you run past new and exciting things to see!

Garden or Do Yard Work

ACTIVE

 

Garden or do Yard Work

 

Working in the garden or doing yard work for your family or a neighbor can be a great workout! Plant a little tree, start a vegetable garden, rake up leaves or pull some weeds! Enjoy some time out in the fresh air and the sun!

ACTIVE

 

Participate in a Workout Challenge

 

There are so many excellent 30-day workout challenges out there! Squat challenges! Burpee challenges! Ab challenges! Pick one to do with friends and then hold each other accountable!

Practice Sport Skills

ACTIVE

 

Practice Sports Skills

 

Shoot some hoops! Juggle a soccer ball on your knees! Practice your baseball swing in the backyard! Play catch with a family member! Take the time to hone in on some of those important skills while you are home.

Create Your Own Podcast

CREATIVE

 

Create your own Podcast

 

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Make your own! Find a topic that you enjoy and start talking all about it. There are tons of different programs out there that make creating a podcast easy!

Bake and Decorate

CREATIVE

 

Bake and Decorate

 

Head into the kitchen and make something! Bake cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies or some other baked good! Use frosting, sprinkles or candies to decorate your creation. The best part is you can eat it!

Make a Photo Album Collage

CREATIVE

 

Make a Photo Album / Collage

 

Do you love taking photos on your phone or camera? Consider using this time to create a photo album! Print out all your favorite photos or use an online photo album creator to make a memorable keepsake!

Sculpt

CREATIVE

 

Sculpt

 

Creating something with your hands can be lots of fun! Break out the air dry or polymer clay! Or even make your own! Use it to sculpt something cool maybe for your garden or your desk. Videos online make it easy to learn and do!

Write a Book

CREATIVE

 

Write a Book

 

If you love to read, you should give writing a try! Write a children's book, a chapter book or simply a short story! Start by finding an interesting topic or a character that seems really cool and start from there!

Design an Escape Room

CREATIVE

 

Design an Escape Room

 

Have you ever participated in an Escape room? They can be a challenging series of puzzles that build off one another. Puzzles can be digital or physical pieces to manipulate. Give a try to building your own!

Home Projects

HELPFUL

 

Home Projects

 

Help your family out by working on a home project today. Paint a room! Build a bench! Change a light bulb or fix that squeaky door. Do what you can to help out around your home today!

Do the Family Laundry

HELPFUL

 

Do the Family Laundry

 

Families everywhere are pretty busy right now! Do your part and help your family by washing and folding everyone's laundry. Learn before you go to college!

Mow the Lawn

HELPFUL

 

Mow the lawn

 

Help out your family or a nearby neighbor by offering to mow their lawn. It can be really nice to get outside in the fresh air and the sun, while also helping to do some good.

Clean out Your Closet

HELPFUL

 

Clean Out Your Closet

 

How long has it been since you went through your closet? Now is the perfect time to find all the clothes that don't fit or you don't wear and donate them!

Do the Dishes

HELPFUL

 

Do the dishes

 

Cooking every single night creates a lot of dishes! Help out your family by offering to wash and dry everything! It will only take a few minutes but will make a big difference!

Tutor

HELPFUL

 

Tutor

 

Help out a younger brother or sister or friend (virtually) with their learning. Teach them concepts that they're struggling with by walking them through how to do it. Don't do it for them!

Stargazing

MINDFUL

 

Stargazing

 

Is it a clear night outside? Grab a blanket and a pillow! Lie back and enjoy the stars. Can you see any constellations or planets? The big dipper? Orion's belt? Use a fun stargazing app to discover more!

Reread Your Favorite Book

MINDFUL

 

Reread your Favorite Book

 

Frustrated that you've gone through all your books? Or can't find one that you're interested in? Go back to your favorites and consider rereading one! Fall in love with it again!

Virtual Religious Service

MINDFUL

 

Virtual Religious Service

 

Many churches, temples and synagogues stream live religious services, prayers or youth groups. Take some time to center your soul and reflect by participating!

Meditate

MINDFUL

 

Meditate

 

Many very successful people make meditating, for even a few minutes, a daily routine. Deep breathing and a distraction free environment can improve personal mindfulness & focus.

Do a Coloring Book

MINDFUL

 

Do a coloring Book

 

Coloring books aren't just for little kids! Check out some of the super cool ones for teens and adults that include fun patterns and optical illusions. Many can be printed from online!

Goodness Journaling

MINDFUL

 

Goodness Journaling

 

Taking the time to reflect each and every day on what is good in our lives can be a powerful way to address stress or anxiety. Grab a journal and start writing today!

Chat with a Bilingual Friend

LEARN

 

Chat with a Bilingual Friend

 

 Hola! Bonjour! Hallo! Have you been learning a new language? Call up a friend, who is learning it too! Or a friend who is bilingual! Practice together over the phone!

Learn to Play an Instrument

LEARN

 

Learn to play an instrument

 

Now is the perfect time to learn a new instrument! Think how much fun it will be to perform your favorite song! Check out videos on youtube, or find a new app to teach you!

Build Up your Money Skills

LEARN

 

Build Up Your Money Skills

 

Learning how to handle and save money is so important! Take the time to practice building a budget to save up for something you want! You'll be glad you did!

Change a Flat Tire

LEARN

 

Change a Flat Tire

 

Changing a tire on your bike, car, or unicycle is an important life skill. Take the time to learn now, so that when you are stuck on the side of the road you will know what to do!

CPR

LEARN

 

CPR

 

Knowing how to approach an emergency situation can mean the difference between life and death. Take an online course through an organization like the American Red Cross and be ready!

Learn to Code

LEARN

 

Learn to Code

 

Many jobs currently and in the future require you to know how to code so you can create websites or software. Check out the many online coding classes or games that you can play to learn this now!

Looking for more inspiration for grades 7-9?