LINKS TO HELP YOU DURING THIS TOUGH TIME

 

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200421-why-zoom-video-chats-are-so-exhausting

Travel Inspired Day at Home with kids

How Can I Help my kids deal with the pandemic? Lori Gottlieb in The Atlantic

Thank your mail carrier template

Design a mask for a health care worker

Huge list of social distancing activities

That Discomfort you are feeling is grief- HBR

Free Craft Classes Bluprint

Zoom STEM Classes, recommended by one of our moms

How to prepare for extended school closings

Drawing Tutorials for Kids

Online Classes for kids 8-13 years

educational, easy toddler activities

National Geographic resources

From the Atlantic “What does social distancing mean?”

How to homeschool your kids for non homeschooling parents (older kids)

KiwiCo At home resources for kids and their parents

Yoga with Adriene YouTube yoga

Huge Education Resource list

Scholastic Learn at Home

Free Lessons & Live Experiences for Kids: Science, Math, Stories & More

Printable Finish these Comics pages

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie)

Virtual Museum Tours

Draw Everyday with Illustrator Jarrett J Krosoczka

Online Fitness Quest- DAREBEE Age of Pandora

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other 
across the empty squares, 
keeping their windows open 
so that those who are alone 
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know 
is busy spreading fliers with her number 
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples 
are preparing to welcome 
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able 
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Richard Hendrick March 13th 2020