COVID-19: Week Four Activities

This week, I acknowledged the amount of energy put into creating an experiment every day. In addition to the stress of pandemic measures and the impact of isolation on the family unit, the addition of high intensity experiments was exhausting. I would like to take this moment to normalize feeling tired: we are going through a global stress and the various ways we may cope or not cope is physically draining. For me, the goal of homeschool is to create structure, opportunities to connect, and a place for curiosity to grow. It is a hub for connection and expression, where learning themes are only complementary to self-care themes.

Following the arc of grief, it would seem that the world around us entered a phase of mixed anger and sadness. We may have adjusted the first few weeks to having more freedom. This may have been fun or it may have been stressful. Both experiences are normal.

Now emotions begin to surface. This is normal.

DAY 16 STEAM:

Today’s curiosity led us to explore ecosystems and our relationship to the land, framed by the question: how does climate impact life? The focus touched upon a bit of science around climate zones and food chains while the experiential brought us out on the land. We looked at how the carbon foot print or human interaction impacts the land.

Themes: science, land, health, relationships

DAY 17 STEAM:

Today’s curiosity led us to explore biomes and interconnection, framed by the question: how does the food chain changed between biomes? They explored three biomes using virtual exploration and were invited to reflect the beauty of the land through art-making. During this time, we had opportunity to talk about our cultural relationships with the land as well as our associations.

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Themes: land, science, health, respect, interconnection, art

DAY 18 STEAM:

Today’s curiosity was a continuation of biomes and interconnection, framed by the question: how does life adapt to different landscapes? They explored another three biomes using virtual exploration and were again invited to reflect the beauty of the land through art-making. During this time, we had opportunity to reflect on our ability to adapt to the current world and normalize the different feelings associated to this.

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Themes: land, science, health, respect, interconnection, art

DAY 19 STEAM:

Today’s curiosity was the culmination of the week’s learning by creating a self-led project, framed by the question: how does climate change affect your biome? The children were invited to analyze a biome in any of the ‘Legend of Zelda’ universes (literally following their interests) and discuss how climate change impacts their world. They were then invited to create a diorama or artwork about this place, where we adventured to Zora’s Domain and the Gerudo Valley.

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Themes: land, science, health, respect, interconnection, art

DAY 20 STEAM:

Today’s curiosity led us to travel which became important in light of being unable to travel. We have dedicated Friday’s to world exploration and art-making, framed by the question: where would you like to travel to and why? We looked at world geography and the seven wonders of the world as a starting point, exploring how each part of the world has its own rich cultural history. They were invited to choose either a place or wonder, explore via google earth or 360 videos on youtube, followed by the creation of our own travel passports. All aboard, the adventure begins!

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Themes: cultural humility, geography, history, art

Although the above descriptions explored specific themes, what was really explored was the power of adapting to the world(s) we live in. This can at times activate us in mourning what we have lost or are missing out on because of the pandemic. This can at times be projected onto different things and people.

The power we can have is to catch it when it happens. Notice when family members become agitated or we ourselves become agitated. We are grieving. We are adjusting. We are constantly regulation with or without thinking about it.

This takes energy and taking time to self-care or normalize these experiences for our children can be critical in helping them to maintain mental health.

 

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