Homeschool Art Ideas in the time of COVID-19

Hello Homeschool Artists! 

Ready to stay creative from the couch? Here is your guide to enjoying art at home! 

  1. Art Contests: submit your art for cash prizes

  2. Museums: take a virtual field trip to museums around the world and even stream Operas on your TV

  3. Art Games: compete against yourself and others

  4. Digital Art: create art on your device

  5. Art Education: learn about art

  6. Art at Home: Art tutorials and prompts for you to create where you are 

Art Contests Museums Art Games Digital Art Art Education  Art at Home
The Really Great Outdoors Google Arts & Culture: Virtual Museums Quick, Draw!  Just a Line Interactive Color Wheel  How to Draw / Free Daily LIVE webcasts 
Doodle for Google Online Tours: The Louvre  Mondrian Squares Challenge  Mandala Creator  Color Theory  Illustration Drawing 
No Limits Foundation  The Museum of the World Autodraw Silk  KQED Art School  Daily LIVE art activities
Science without Borders Guggenheim Online Collection  Color  Digital Sand Art  Cubism  Tate at Home
Impact of Conflict Museum of Natural History Kern  Create Comics Pintura Cassie Stephens
Sustainable Shipping  Salvador Dali Museum  ArtistToolkit Picasso Head The Caves of Lascaux  Make an Art Studio 
State Fish Art Contest Air Force Museum  Mondrimat Matisse Drawing Room METKids Time Machine  Drawing at home prompts 
Guadalupe Mountains Nightly Met Opera Streams Street Art  Patterns of Infinity  National Gallery of Art Interactives Youth Art Month Creative Sprint
National Fossil Day  Digital Concert Hall Art Puzzle Haring Coloring Book Destination Modern Art Watercolor Tutorials
Ocean Awareness Moma Learning Hieronymus Bosch Invaders  Patterns  Tate Kids Bullet Journaling 
Embracing Our Differences Museum of Web Art Queensland Art Games Psykopaint Art Quizzes Procreate Tutorials 

COVID 19 Resources for Parents and Schools

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Parent Resources for supporting learning at home

Let’s face it teaching your kids at home is difficult. So where to start? Kids need a predictable schedule that will need frequent check-ins to get it up and going. Post a Schedule and use it as your daily to guide the day. Be open to being flexible with adjusting times and inserting breaks to match your student’s needs.

Schedule for Kids (Example)

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My Districts Resources for Learning Activity Ideas for Parents this is organized by grade. Here is a similar link geared towards teachers: LEARN FROM HOME RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

If you have more than one student cooperative projects are a must to include activities like; cooking, building, art projects, journaling etcetera. My son used FaceTime to read with a friend yesterday and it was a hit! Also, for downtime check out my post on Loose Things and Play.

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If you want to get away from the traditional approach one idea is to introduce a “Genius Hour”  is an approach to learning where students are guided by their own interests, background knowledge, and curiosity to learn.

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Finally, Talk to your kids about the COVID-19 virus with this Tip Sheet Talking with your Kids COVID

Helping Children Cope with Covid 19

School-related resources from the ASCD

COVID-19 & School Closure Resources for K-12 Educators and School Leaders

With more and more schools across the country shutting down for an extended period of time, we wanted to provide you with information about some of the policy implications and questions you may have regarding lengthy school closures, some resources and tips for online learning, and other things school leaders should consider during this challenging time.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Considerations for School Closures ­- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – U.S. Department of Education

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak – U.S. Department of Education

FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – U.S. Department of Education

Protecting Civil Rights of Students During COVID-19 – U.S. Department of Education

Transitioning to Online Learning: What You Need to Know – ASCD

The Resilient Leader – ASCD

A Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach to Responding to Health Crises – ASCD

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands – ASCD

Summertime Strategies Can Help Schools Respond to Coronavirus – ASCD

School Communities Rely on Calm and Thoughtful Leadership – ASCD

 

Special Needs Surfing in Santa Cruz

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Ran into a parent who was raving about this surfing/ ocean experience for special needs kiddos. I was thinking that we should pass it on to whoever we come across that would like a fun-filled day at the beach.


http://rideawave.org/

Ride a Wave’s mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally, or economically challenged.
Since its inception in 1998, Ride a Wave (RAW) has helped over 2,500 kids get in the water and have a life-changing day at the beach with activities including:

A lifeguard demonstration and marine safety orientation
Stretching and sunscreen
Beach obstacle course
Boogie Boarding
Kayaking
Tandem Surfing
Snacks, water, and a hot lunch
Awards ceremony
[Some Ride a Wave Activities]
All at no cost to any child, organization or individual.

Source

News Report

Disabled children learn to surf in Santa Cruz More than 35 kids received free surf lessons at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz with the nonprofit Ride A Wave.

Movie

Ride a Wave Documentary Facebook page

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Lack of Student Motivation

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Motivating all students can be a challenge. This post focuses on the issues and strategies to help support those pupils who need us as teachers to meet them where they are at and help them find their way to motivation.

Reading

Motivating Learning in Young Children- NASP

Motivation Matters: 40% Of High School Students Chronically Disengaged From School

The Motivation Equation: Understanding a Child’s Lack of Effort by Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Student Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement

Motivating Students to Learn By: Heather Voke

Classroom Applications of Cognitive Theories of Motivation By: Nona Tollefson

Motivation: The Key to Academic Success By: LD OnLine

How can parents help

Parents are central to student motivation. The beginning of a new school year is very important. Children with LD and ADHD often struggle with change. Parents can help get the year off to a good start.

  1. Provide a warm, accepting home environment.
  2. Give clear directions and feedback.
  3. Create a model for success
  4. Build on the student’s strengths
  5. Relate schoolwork to the student’s interests
  6. Help build a family structure that fosters consistent work towards the goal.
  7. Help the student to have some control over how and when he learns.
  8. Emphasize the child’s progress rather than his or her performance in comparison to the other students in the class or family.
  9. Remember to reinforce the behavior you want.
  10. Use reinforcers wisely. Recall that intrinsic motivation works best. Follow a child’s interests, when possible, rather than spending time building elaborate reward systems Source

Strategies

Students lack interest or motivation – Strategies

Using Motivational Interviewing to Help Your Students by Lisa A. Sheldon

Motivation — Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence – U.S. Department of Education

Motivating Your Students

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

Enhancing Students’ Motivation By Annick M. Brennen

The Student Lacks Confidence that He or She Can Do the Work

What the Research Says: Students who believe that they have the ability to complete a particular academic task (self-efficacy) do better and have higher levels of motivation (Jacobs et al., 2002). Yet students often sabotage their academic performance by engaging in negative self-talk about their abilities and by making faulty attributions to explain poor academic performance (Linnenbrink & Pintrich, 2002). Source

Presentation Six Reasons Why Students Are Unmotivated (and What Teachers Can Do) Jim Wright

Reasons for Lack of Motivation
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Why Students Are Not Motivated to Learn
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Why Intelligent People Fail
Cognitive-Oriented
Reasons
  • Present activities not seen as related to important goals.
  • Do not have (or believe one does not have) the ability to do present activities or obtain future goals.
  • Distractibility and lack of concentration
  • Spreading oneself too thin or too thick
  • Inability or unwillingness to see the forest for the trees
  • Lack of balance between critical, analytic thinking and creative, synthetic thinking
  • Using the wrong abilities
Affective/Socially-
Oriented Reasons
  • Feelings/emotions about present activities are generally negative.
  • Satisfaction of achieving goals seems in distant future.
  • Personal problems interfere with present activities.
  • Misattribution of blame
  • Fear of failure
  • Excessive self-pity
  • Excessive dependency
  • Wallowing in personal difficulties
  • Too little or too much self-confidence
Conative/Volitionally-
Oriented Reasons
  • Do not have a written list of important goals that define success personally.
  • Believe that present goals or activities are wrong for individual.
  • Important goals conflict with present activities.
  • Failure to initiate
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of perservance and perseveration
  • Inability to complete tasks and to follow through
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Inability to translate thought into action
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of product orientation
  • Inability to delay gratification
Environmentally-Oriented Reasons
  • Extrinsic incentives are low.
 

Source

 

References

  • Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the human mind (395-396). New York: Harcourt Brace.
  • Stipek, D. (1988). Motivation to learn: From theory to practice. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Motivational Interview

“Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.” Miller and Rollnick (2012)

“When we think of failure; Failure will be ours.  If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change.  All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply do it.  Never think of failure, for what we think, will come about.”    ~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

MI Guide

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Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques: Rationales and Examples

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Loose Things and Play

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I have always noticed when my kids have a novel nondescript object (stick, box)  to play with it tends to capture  their imaginative states for longer periods of time. Living by the beach both my kids seem to find driftwood, shells, sticks and existing sand castle, holes, and sand mounds to play in and around for hours on end. This is what perked my interest in the idea of what I would later find to be labeled as the “Theory of loose parts”.

Read this Article First- the-theory-of-loose-parts

Then this more serious article by Ruth Wilson, Ph.D.

Why Children Play Under the Bushes

The theory of “loose parts” first proposed by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970’s has begun to influence child-play experts and the people who design playspaces for children in a big way. Nicholson believed that it is the ‘loose parts’ in our environment that will empower our creativity.

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Blogs reviewing the power and scope of Loose Parts.

THE THEORY OF LOOSE PARTS

Loose Parts Outside for Adventurous Play!

10 Reasons to Love Loose Parts

Loose parts storage for playgrounds

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THE THEORY OF LOOSE PARTS: THE RIGHT TO BE CREATIVE

 

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Resource materials/ readings

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Book- Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children

Article- Children’s Outdoor Play & Learning Environments: Returning to Nature

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Hope of a better tomorrow

At least monthly I see or hear and/ or work with people who experience tremendous tragedy and strife. It can bog me down. Teachers often ask, “How do you deal with suffering all the time?” I tell them that kids inspire me almost every single day.

I also believe that the information and books they are exposed to influences their world view of hope and happiness. Like the old adage “garbage in, garbage out “, the opposite is also true. So, go get into some good stuff and have fun!