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Share your silver linings from schooling at home

Sophia Gonzalez holds a “flat teacher” cutout of her second-grade teacher, Haylee Twillman, from Liberty Elementary School at her home in Sioux City, Iowa, on May 19. Her paper teacher joins her while she plays games and builds with Legos, and she even took her kayaking. (Jesse Brothers / AP)
Sophia Gonzalez holds a “flat teacher” cutout of her second-grade teacher, Haylee Twillman, from Liberty Elementary School at her home in Sioux City, Iowa, on May 19. Her paper teacher joins her while she plays games and builds with Legos, and she even took her kayaking. (Jesse Brothers / AP)

When schools closed on March 16 because of the pandemic, some families figured out ways to adapt to home-schooling. For others, it’s been more of an educational disaster.

But through it all, did you find a silver lining or two? The Spokesman-Review is doing a story about good moments of learning together under stay-home orders. Are there any takeaways, fun ideas or new strategies your family will take forward from this massive home-schooling experiment?

Perhaps this started a family read-aloud tradition where everyone takes a turn with a classic book. Or did you find creative ways for your child to learn measurements by building a project?

Kelly Brajcich, wife of The Spokesman-Review controller Tom Brajcich, wrote in a home-schooling support forum about how her family did better by easing schedules and with more outdoor time.

The dining room table became a command center “for stacks of homework packets lovingly prepared by school staff.” Their laminated schedule was quickly replaced with a more forgiving format – a white board with pared-down daily “goals,” Brajcich wrote.

“We’ve mastered Zoom and memorized almost all of our logins and passwords for the various online learning platforms for which we now rely. What has kept us most sane has been copious amounts of time outdoors, whether family walks around the neighborhood or time spent in the backyard.”

Email your “good moments” learning stories by June 8 to features writer Treva Lind at treval@spokesman.com.

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