IDEAS TO STAY BUSY DURING COVID
1) Continue to enjoy the little things in life:
Stay in Touch (excerpt from The Guardian)
Another critical component of good mental state is feeling connected to others. This time, technology is our friend. Connecting and making time for friends on social media or over the phone will be critical for adults. Also important, is “reciprocal social support” – reaching out to others to make sure they are OK.
Children are used to highly social environments and will also need to connect with friends. Older children could create themes on Instagram or Snapchat where they can share their experiences and tips with friends. With younger children it might be scheduling in some video calls with friends and family.
- enjoy the Opera! Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM from the company's homepage. Check out this link for the schedule of shows: https://www.playbill.com/article/metropolitan-opera-after-shutting-its-doors-will-offer-free-streams-from-live-in-hd-catalog
- enjoy the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: There are over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall from more than ten years. Log on to the Digital Concert Hall ticket page for a free seven day trial. After the seven day trial you can subscribe by the week month or year.
- eat out by ordering in! Lieferando (https://www.lieferando.de/) is now offering a contact-less delivery of food from your favourite restuarants. It's a good way to support local businesses like your local cafè and hotspot in these trying times
- take a hike, literally! (by yourself or with your family only - NOT in large groups) https://www.outdooractive.com/en/hiking-trails/taunus/hiking-trails-in-taunus/1437303/
2) Free Online Classes
https://www.edx.org - "Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies."
https://online-learning.harvard.edu/catalog/free - 61 free classes in 11 different subject areas, including Humanities, Political Science, Art & Design and Programming.
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/free - 49 free classes in a wide variety of subjects, some more technical than most.
https://www.classcentral.com/report/writing-free-online-courses/ - free (creative) writing classes
For other sources of free learning: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/free-online-courses
https://www.twinkl.ie/ - offers teacher-created resources to provide entire schemes of work, lesson planning and assessments right through to online educational games, augmented reality and so much more in English, German, and other languages.
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/scholastic-learn-at-home--free-resources-for-school-closures.html# - free resources for those with kids staying at home
https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic - virtual field trips from the San Diego Zoo to the Great Wall of China to the surface of Mars! Happy travels everyone!
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/in-the-news/coronavirus.html?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=FFG_Special_20200315&rid=715093F5898EAFA15DEB719D4FBD7514 - resources for parents; includes material on how to explain the Coronavirus to children and boredom busters!
3) Stay Fit
Walk at Home - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVl6ZdslZz2Zj-34bMJFPbg
Fitness for all ages and all levels - https://www.fitnessblender.com/
Kids Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Online Dance Lessons (free 7 day trial period) - https://www.steezy.co/
How to crochet - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEzmjboJ_6-uG8-1j4coNw
Arts with kids
Craft a Day Challenge - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2906824332730057&id=159707227441795
5) Cook and Bake
Baking with kids
6) Virtual Museums
https://artsandculture.google.com/ - is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google through its Google Cultural Institute initiative, in cooperation with international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.
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