Below you will find our tips and resources to support you during this time.
your health is our priority
Tips for a Safe Collective Meeting
Everyone has a lot on their plate right now. It is hard to get through the daily struggle of completing tasks that used to be simple. (Remember just stopping by your favorite coffee shop in the morning?) Your collective is a place to express how this new reality is affecting you, your work, and your family.
We encourage you to meet virtually through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, whatever works for your collective. However, if you prefer meeting in person, we ask that you follow these guidelines.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY
Our COVID Guidelines for Meetings
- EVERYONE Only meet in person if you feel comfortable and safe. Many of you may choose to keep joining meetings via video call. Not a problem. You can certainly video call into a meeting that is being held in person. Every person has their own threshold for what’s safe for them and those around them. Please respect your collective members’ choices on how they want to meet.
- EVERYONE Only meet in person if you feel well. If you have had a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or sneezing, stay home and call in. Also, if you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home.
- EVERYONE Wear a mask. Cover any coughs and sneezes. Remember, masks protect the other people in your group.
- EVERYONE Meet outside or in one room in the house. Do not move from room to room or give a house tour.
- EVERYONE Only BYO drinks, food, utensils, cups, etc. Take all recyclables and trash home with you. Pack in, pack out, like a picnic.
- EVERYONE BYO laptop, power cords, pens, and notebooks. Don’t borrow anything from anyone. Try to make sure your devices have a full charge.
- HOSTS Have the internet network name and password posted in large in several easy to read places around the meeting room or text it to everyone. Don’t pass around a paper with that info on it.
- HOSTS Before and after the meeting, sanitize doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, toilet flusher, the table you’re meeting on. Ask guests to keep track of what they’ve touched so you can sanitize later.
- GUESTS Try to minimize what you touch. Keep track of what you do touch – doorknobs, light switches, etc. Tell the host what got touched so they can sanitize when everyone leaves.
- NOTETAKER Don’t hand your laptop/phone off to others to take notes while you talk. Add every person in your group to the shared document so someone else can take over from their device
- TIMER Don’t let anyone else touch your timer, and keep it in your lap.
We strongly encourage you to meet virtually. If you meet in person, please follow these guidelines. However, Rev Collective is not responsible if a member contracts COVID-19 because of a meeting.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Tips for Homeschooling
Working from home while keeping school-aged kids occupied is a difficult task. You don’t want them to fall behind, but you need to get your work done! While most schools will be providing packets of work for their students, you may need to supplement to keep the kids busy. Here are a few tips and resources to help you out.
Most of this information is geared toward elementary level (K4-5th grade) students with no IEP, but it may be modified for middle and high school. For parents with children with an IEP, try to connect with their specialists to see what you can do at home.
KEEPING YOUR SANITY
Our Top Tips
A routine for you and the kids is essential. Even if you are not the best at sticking to an exact time schedule, having a standard flow for the day will be helpful.
Here are a couple of sample schedules to help you out. Feel free to customize them to fit your life.
If you have the space in your home, devote an underutilized room for academic activities. Set up a desk area with supplies and maybe a sign the kids can make with the name of your “school”. If your space is more limited, set aside a part of the dining room or coffee table for academics. Give each child a shoebox or Tupperware container where they can put their supplies (ex: pencils, markers, scissors, glue, ruler, etc.) and use a folder for worksheets. They can store their supply container when it’s not in use. Allowing the kids to decorate the container is an extra art activity they can do.
Get the kids involved in customizing your schedule, thinking of activities or centers, and creating a learning space. It will get them accustomed to their “new normal”.
The biggest goal of all this is to maintain what your children have learned so far this school year. Don’t feel like your kids need to make giant strides during this time. Keeping your children learning while they feel safe and calm is the main priority.
- Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically | NYTimes.com
- Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons, and Practice
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions | KidsActivities.com
- Free Math Worksheets | Math-Drills.com
- Libraries are our friends! Your local library has audiobooks and other online resources for kids of all ages.
- Your school district may have free access to online programs such as RAZ-kids.com. Check your district website or email your teachers for more information and logins.
- Scholastic Learn at Home | Scholastic.com
- Play and Learn | BusyToddler.com
- Free Educational Videos | WatchKnowLearn.org
- Educational Games | PBSkids.org
- 100 Things to Do Before, During, and After a Nature Hike | JImmiesCollage.com
- E-Learning Activities from a Tosa Teacher
- Discounted STEM Sampler Pack | Brown Dog Gadgets
- Learning Without Tears Free for 90 days
- 30 Virtual Field Trips
If you don’t have all the supplies for an art project, that’s okay. Substitute items or use some of these ideas as a jumping-off point. Remember, TP rolls can make great art projects 😛
- Free Daily Art Tutorials | McHarper Manor (or find them on Facebook and Instagram)
- Free Coloring Pages and Crafts | Crayola.com
- Crafts for Kids | EasyPeasyandFun.com
- Fun Music Activities for Preschoolers | VeryWellFamily.com
- Music Activities for Kids | HowStuffWorks.com
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours | TravelandLeisure.com
- Art For Kids Hub
- Favorite Lessons for Home-Based Art | CassieStephens.blogspot.com
- LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems
- Create Stories, Games and Animations | Scratch.com