• Megan Woolhouse

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    Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for more than a decade, in addition to newspapers in Louisville, Ky., and Baton Rouge, La. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Clark University in Worcester, she lives in Boston and enjoys baking, reading, and taekwondo sparring with her seven-year-old daughter. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Homeschooling during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips from Three BU Childhood Experts

  1. Fiona, I see there hasn’t been much response to your question, so I will share some resources many of our Boston University Upward Bound students have been using. Upward Bound programs work with high school students in Boston and Chelsea to prepare them for college. By this time, the middle and high schools may have kicked up a lot of the resources and work for students, so they should start with that. If they need support with the work or if they need additional things to do, Khan Academy is a free resource that helps with content and SAT prep. If you have a child who is interested or needs help with a foreign language, many of the high school students use Duolingo. For students who are in 10th and 11th grade and have a desire to go to college, they should start creating an account on CollegeBoard.com and CommonApp.org.

    For fitness, older students are too old for goNoodle, but they may be interested in the
    Nike Training Club app that I am considering for myself. It just became free. NTC provides workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, yoga classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels. (This is a good resource for adults too).

    Like the younger students that the story addresses, its important that older students (and adults) have a routine (it doesn’t necessarily need to be a detailed schedule) but there should be certain daily items that they do. Too much screen time and cyberbullying still are concerns, so pre-teens and teenagers should still avoid staying in their room all day or for long periods of time without an adult checking in on them and what they are doing. Many teenagers are not always happy to hear from mom and dad continually. Also, with many adults still having to work from home, it can be a challenge to remember to check in. Lastly, pre-teens and teenagers are old enough to help with chores, family tasks and helping with siblings so hopefully there is a way to get that into their routine as well. All the resources mentioned are free. Good luck!

  2. I discovered during this time, that chess are the very good learning tool. One thing kids will appreciate most is that playing chess is a great fun! The rules of chess are very simple and children can learn them already from around the age of three. When a child learns the basic moves and “knows” how to play, it is worth raising the level of difficulty. This brings us to the teaching options. Chess is a game that develops perceptiveness, imagination and the ability to focus on a specific task. The development of the brain’s left hemisphere which is responsible for logical thinking takes place through counting combinations, whereas the development of the right hemisphere, which is responsible for creative thinking, occurs by arranging new plans and finding new non-standard moves in different positions. A child with quick analytical thinking will do better at school. It is also worth mentioning the aspect of psychological development – a child who realizes that one does not always win but also loses, learns humility and respect for other people. For this matter you can use special diagrams, there are a lot of them to find over the internet. Bunch of them you will find in this lovely book – net-boss.org/chess-puzzles-for-kids-by-maksim-aksanov.

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