Things to Listen to on YouTube While in Quarantine #10

Here's are some links to bring music to your ears (and a couple because it's World Laughter Day) from our friends on YouTube.

The Rainbow Connection by Kermit

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Perfect Together

The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

SNOW WHITE vs ELSA: Princess Rap Battle (Whitney Avalon ft. Katja Glieson) *explicit*

Dumb Movie Ways to Die - Dumb Ways to Die Parody


Things to do while in quarantine or shelter-in-place #8: War room prayers for mom

War room prayers for the weary mom from The Modern Mary. Enough said. 

The storm is on the horizon but the waters remain calm. 

Excerpted from The Modern Mary's blog, here are the verses she calls out. She does provide a prayer for each on the blog. I shared one.

Psalm 119:28

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”
“Oh Father, I am so weary. I am weak from trying to hold everything up with my own strength. Forgive me, Lord, for not giving my struggles to you. Hold me up, Father, and remind me of your Truth. Amen.”

Psalm 61:2

“From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety,”

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 5:10

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.”

Isaiah 46:4

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Deuteronomy 1:31
“And in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.”

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Until next time!

Things to do while in quarantine or shelter-in-place #7: Homeschooling

When Pinterest launched, hundreds of topics became available in a fairly organized way. However, there is so much of it, how would you know what to look for? Well, I've spent hours on Pinterest collecting things. I might have it. I kept a sampling of homeschooling references and these are now serving as a starting point for me to give you some ideas.
Why do I have these? I had little kids once. I also have a couple brilliant friends from college roomies whose families were homeschooled and have found many other friends like them since. I love, love, love and admire what they do.

I picked a few things that seemed the most relevant for y’all right now.

1)     Do you have to do this 24/7?
No.  Check out Mary's blog article about homeschooling three days a week.

Here was her schedule:
Monday – Core Lessons (full day of schedule and schooling)
Tuesday – Core Lessons (full day of schedule and schooling)
Wednesday – Field Trips (zoo science classes, parks, museums and nature centers)
Thursday – Core Lessons (full day of schedule and schooling)
Friday – Day Off (errands, housework, catch up)

You can take some inspiration from this and even divide up the time, if you can, with someone else. You get a day and a half and then they do. Maybe.

2) How do I deal with infants AND homeschooling?
Maybe this article will help. Cliff notes version:
  • Keep Lessons Short and Breaks Frequent
  •  Spend Time with the Littles First - cuddles or a tickle session
  • Have Some “School Time” Only Activities - If you pull out things that they don’t normally get to touch or play with, it usually keeps them pretty enthralled. This is like only watching a certain show at the gym. You have to go to see the next episode.
  •  Create a Baby-Safe Zone for Roaming and Play
  •  Include Them - someone else can learn how to change a diaper. LOL. J/K.  Everyone is welcomed to sit and listen or play quietly while listening.
  • Babysitting practice for older siblings
  • Take advantage of nap time.

3) How do I keep this interesting for older kids? Break up their daily homework. 
One noun. Madlibs. Here is a link to free printables. They learn and laugh. They can Google others.

4) Two words. High Schoolers.
Never too early to start a college, scholarship or job application. LOL.
Have them write a song, movie script, play, movie review, makeup review. Tell them to start a TikTok or YT channel but figure out the cost of new equipment. Make them do math on the comps they have to pull and the tax they calculate. Reward: $50 for a game plan of any kind.  Money talks.

Also, pay them to take photos of things to list on eBay or give them a cut.

I know these aren't formal lessons per se, but there are learnings to be had between their actual reading or science.  What if they looked up cliff notes or other people's essays on the Internet for the topics they are studying? I'm not suggesting they plagiarize. BUT, if they looked for what other people did and short versions, and read them, they're still making progress. Make sure they don't plagiarize, please. They can take inspiration.  You can talk to them about how 'taking inspiration' works in the real world.

5) I just can't.
Then don't. Hire a teacher or friend that isn't teaching right now or has bandwidth. Give them your conference line for a couple hours a day.

I don't have pictures today, but I leave you with a fun game and a clip of some answers I found on IG.
The game is...tell us (in the comments below or on social) what your kids are doing, but refer to them as your "co-workers".

Until next time. 


Things to do while in quarantine or shelter-in-place #6: Job interview

See the source image
Superman Sits At A Job Interview is a drawing by Jason Adam Katzenstein, C.2016.

Have you ever had a kid interview YOU for a job? Try it. It's fun.

Instructions are simple.

Have a kid of any age (recommend under 20), pick one of the below roles or one of their choice and they interview YOU for this role. They make up the questions and you answer.  If they don't know what to ask, just tell them to ask what they would want to know about someone in that job. Does not matter. No wrong ways to do this.  Good luck!

Cell Phone Builder
Elon Musk's Back Up or Elon himself
Garbage Man
High School Teacher  - any subject
Iceberg Climber
Kangaroo Keeper
Neighborhood Watch Captain
Ophthalmologist: Medical and Surgical Eye Care (or Optometrist or Optician)
Quiz Master - any quiz
Racecar driver
Universal Studios Gate Guard
Water Skier
Xenobiolgist - person who studies extraterrestrial life forms (this one I had to look up) 
Yoga Instructor 
Zip Line Lead/Tour Guide

Until next time! 

Photo credit site: Superman Sits At A Job Interview is a drawing by Jason Adam Katzenstein Published in the New Yorker Publication: New Yorker, May 11th, 2015Print available for purchase at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/superman-sits-at-a-job-interview-jason-adam-katzenstein.html

Things to do while in quarantine or shelter-in-place #5 : Memes

Let's talk about memes
Your love of memes can become activities with a group or by yourself.

  • Play the board game "What do you meme?" 
  • Do you have an 'old' digital camera sitting around? Give it to the kids and tell them to take a bunch of photos that you'll later turn into memes.
  • Collect the funniest or worst or best or animal memes. Pick your theme. Here are a few to get you started. 

WFH Memes
School Closure Memes

Political Memes

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