From all of us here at Greenlight, I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this time.
In my house, we’ve been doing our best to stay healthy and productive. My 11-year-old son has been trying to get 60 juggles with his soccer ball, shooting baskets, playing video games and somehow fitting in some school work (with a lot of help from my wife Kelly and his teachers). My 16-year-old daughter has been hanging out in a hammock in a tree with her friends who are doing the same thing, six feet away from each other. (This must be a teenager thing?) Our golden retriever has always wanted to come to work with me, and with me working from home, he finally gets his chance. My favorite thing about the current situation: playing a lot of board games with the kids.
As we explore this new way of living life as full-time caregivers, teachers, chefs, entertainers and peacekeepers, I wanted to share a few tricks and resources that have been helping Kelly and I keep our four kids happy, busy and learning – while helping us keep our sanity. 😊
The School of Mom and Dad
For Younger Kids
- Khan Academy – Parent Quick Start Guide
- Jack Hartmann – Learning with songs
- Teach Your Monster to Read
- The Monster at the End of this Book (the book or interactive story app)
For All Kids
Arts & Culture
- Google Arts & Culture (some amazing stuff here!)
We noticed a pileup of cardboard boxes and had our kids use them to create their dream homes. Of course, our daughter built an airplane house, fully equipped with a pool and tennis court. Sky’s the limit, right?
We had the kids illustrate their own short stories – an activity that could last a couple hours or several days, depending on the complexity of the story.
We’ve been encouraging the kids to go outside and play in our yard at least a couple times a day.
Sometimes, my wife Kelly and I crave moments of quiet. We’ve encouraged our kids to dust off their favorite books at least once a day for dedicated quiet time. It breaks up the day, and we all read at the same time.
We’ve been playing a lot of board games with problem solving components to keep the kids engaged and thinking.
What’s been working for you?
Sending best wishes from my family to yours,
Co-Founder & CEO