Alan Singer, professor in the School of Education and an expert on public education issues, wrote a column for Newsday offering tips for parents who are agonizing over how to keep their children engaged and occupied while K-12 schools are closed for the coronavirus crisis. “I know you can’t replace their teachers. Relax,” he writes. “Your kids will survive and will catch up on missed instruction when they go back to school.”
Among his tips are to set up a flexible schedule; allow older children to help teach younger siblings; negotiate screen time; use baking as a means to teach math and measurement; and set up a weather station in the backyard.