Set Up a Snack Station
One of the challenges of kids learning from home is the constant, endless snacking. The kitchen is so close, and everyone is so tired of being in the same place. In addition to causing messes, it can make for a lot of unhealthy eating. Take back control. Try creating a snack bin or drawer full of approved snacks like granola bars, crackers, or fruit. Put it in easy reach of your kids, and set some specific snack times that fit with their remote learning schedule. (Schools don’t let kids eat their way through class, so you can set limits at home, too.) Then, when they want something to eat, they can get it themselves—and not come begging for chips every time.
How to Keep Kids Motivated When YouTube Is Close and School Is Far Away
In a typical school year, kids would be geeked to rush to school to see who’d be in their homerooms, crack open that new textbook, and place bets on which class would win the pizza party for perfect attendance in the first month of school.
Would you rather have way too much hair, or none at all?
If you were stranded on an island and could have just one type of condiment (like mustard), what would it be?
Someday, maybe everyone won’t have to wear face masks so much any more. What should we all do with the extras when that happens?
Someone decided to make a movie about our family! Which actors or actresses will play each of us?
If you could master one skill overnight, without any work at all, what would it be?
Tell the Funniest Family Story
Nothing brings us together like a good story. Parents, what’s the very best story that no one else in your family has heard you tell before? (Tip: Pick something from your childhood.) Maybe it’s something you did with your friends. Surely it was an event you will never forget.
Before you share your own story, learn together about successful storytelling by watching a play-by-play breakdown of comedian Jim Carrey telling his own funny story during a visit to David Letterman’s television show. WATCH
ADVENTURE OF THE WEEK
Lookouts + Outposts
Today we’ll trek far out into the wilderness (and maybe spend some time in space) to visit some of the loneliest hideouts in existence, including wildfire lookout towers, science outposts, lighthouses, and frontier watchtowers. These structures, at the edges of the world and the borders of nations, were built to spot trouble early and keep an eye on the unknown. Now it’s your turn to take a look around.
HOURS OF LEARNING ADVENTURES FOR KIDS
For after school, holiday breaks, and the occasional tough morning at Kitchen Table Academy
Camp Kinda is a virtual learning experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun—even if they’re stuck at home. It’s like summer camp... kinda. When you sign up for The Kinda Guide, you’ll get access to all 13 weeks of our summer 2020 adventures—more than 260 hours of activities, from exploring the mysteries of history to taking a crash course in comic books—as well as exclusive new Camp Kinda content.