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Wide Open School

By Isaac F.
April 15, 2020

Hey parents! How’s it going with structured activities in your home For me, it’s a balancing act, and some days I feel successful if my kids have eaten food, gotten some fresh air, and cracked open a book. As the days and weeks pile up, the need to provide some sort of structure can become a chore for us parents, but luckily some folks have done a lot of work putting together resources to make it all a little easier. Sound good?

One of the best that I have come across so far is from the digital-world experts at Common Sense Media. It’s called Wide Open School, and it lives at wideopenschool.org.

What they’ve done is curate some of the best of the internet for (free) online learning, from art lessons to math units to live zoo cams. A good place to start is their Daily Schedule page, divided by age group, which lays out a morning, midday, afternoon, and evening activity. I love that they’ve mixed in their own suggestions for unplugged things to do, underscoring the importance of keeping a balance especially now when so many of our options are only available on-screen.

So check it out, and tell me what you think!