Friday, December 04, 2020

A Quick Guide to Supplementing Your Child’s Learning During the Pandemic


Guest Article by Emily Graham of Mighty Moms 

*with some additional formatting and comments by Valerie

Image via Pexels

* We are all schooling at home now

Whether your little one is participating in distance learning due to COVID-19 — or you’re looking for some ways to supplement your child’s education from home — the resources below offer tips on online learning, finding a tutoring service, and helping your kindergartner to learn with fun educational activities and family outings. Read on to discover resources that will help to supplement your child’s education during the pandemic — and well after it ends. 

Online Learning Tips 

To ensure that your child gets the most out of the online learning experience, check out these three resources. 

 ● Review these distance learning tips and ideas. 

● Utilize online learning tools like ABCmouse, Reading Eggs, and Starfall. 

 ● Learn everything there is to know about digital security to keep your little learners safe and protected online

Tutoring Services 

Whether your little one is struggling in an area like math, science, or reading — or you’d like to expand your child’s knowledge from home during the pandemic — these tutoring services can help. 

 ● Overcome the challenges of homeschooling by connecting with a skilled tutor from Coskrey Biz

● Need help with your child’s homework assignments? Use online resources like Chegg Tutors,, and Time4Learning. 

 ● Visit free educational websites like Scholastic, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, CoolMath, and TIME for Kids to expand your child’s knowledge from home. 

Educational Activities for Young Kids 

Make learning fun with these educational activities and attractions for young children. 

 ● Learn astronomy in your own backyard. 

 ● Explore Moab as a family with outdoor entertainment, hiking, biking, climbing, and more. Just don’t forget your face mask! 

● Keep little ones busy at home with these 20 fun learning activities from Good Housekeeping. 

● Teach your children about nature by observing wildlife in your own backyard. 

* Help students stay caught-up

 Many kids have fallen behind on their learning amid COVID-19 — but the resources above can help to supplement your child’s education through fun learning activities, tutoring services, and online learning tools. Instead of playing catch-up once the pandemic ends, help your little one to get one step ahead by supplementing your child’s learning from home! 

 To find out more about how Valerie Coskrey can provide you with homeschooling assistance and tutoring call (979)248-9450 *or visit Coskrey Biz. 

*A note from Valerie: Add your suggestions via the comments. Comments are moderated, but I will take a look at the links you send and decide. I will also add a few comments of my own for other links that I have found. 

Thanks to Emily for her suggestions. She has been homeschooling/coaching her children during the closing of schools and required online sessions. She speaks from personal experience.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Memes of the Quarantine

Hi folks,

You know I have a love of memes and a belief that songs are poems that beautifully represent memes of our culture. Here is a post from my other blog that contains a list of songs for the emotions of the quarantine. I invite you to help me grow the playlist for the songs about the memes we are all living with today.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

A post on Seattle for my readers

 I have several blogs, so I find myself having to ask my readers to take a look at another blog post. This is one of those times. Please, read my post here on Knee Jerk Reactions. It talks about the Native American John T. Williams and the repercussions of his death. 

There are pictures. Here are a few more to whet you appetite. Both are Seattle, WA, at sunset.

Seattle at sunset


Vista de Seattle, Washington, Estados Unidos, 2017-09-02, DD 07-08 HDR.jpg
By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


Both images are from WikiCommons and are used with a Creative Commons License

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Some Days You Just Have to Laugh

What Do You Read When You Just Need Cheering Up?

Date Night on Union Station (EarthCent Ambassador Book 1) by [E. M. Foner]Some science fiction is read for the laughs. This series is one: EarthCentAmbassador. Currently the 16 books are listed with Kindle Unlimited.The stories are based on the adventures of an Earth ambassador to Union Station where the sentient planets send their ambassadors. The first in the series is Date Night on Union Station, rated 5 star on Amazon. Most of the series is rated 4.5-5 stars.

What is unique about these books is that they are suitable for all ages. The author E. M. Foner claims he wrote the first book as a relaxing relief from the toils of writing his science fiction epic. His comedic and personable style can be enjoyed in the author bio on Amazon and in his blog. 

 Another series takes place in contemporary Earth-- the AI Diaries.

In the AI Diaries an AI travels to today's Earth to observe humans. The Turing Test is the first in the series.

In Meghan's Dragon, a teenager in this coming-of-age novel must mature into a mage and control her dragon. Foner states that his goal in writing this book is to explore the world of young adults who must face challenges as they interact with aliens and AI in adventures that are not world-shatteringly dangerous.
Enjoy the laughs! Meghan's Dragon by [E. M. Foner]

And read these out loud to the kids. Or let them read these themselves. Have fun.

I am also a believer in using good science fiction to encourage reading, to encourage an interest in science, to expand the ability to imagine and conceptualize, and to foster discussions between teachers/parents and youth. As a science teacher, I have written about this in various blog posts and my websites. Check out some of these posts by clicking on the labels.