In our new fundraiser, Raising Kids Who Love to Learn, we've been talking about how Hand in Hand tools help kids become bold, confident, curious learners. Those tools more than come into their own if you suddenly find yourself in charge of parenting and schooling!
Read on and discover how three Hand in Hand families have used the tools these past few months in the mix of learning that's happening in their own families.
Why We Worked through Emotional Baggage Before English and Math
Katy Linsley is a Hand in Hand Instructor, living with her two boys in Lancaster, England. As a child-led, play-based childminder and ex-Primary teacher, she initially felt confident in providing her sons with a daily mix of play and learning opportunities—until she realised the stressful events leading up to lockdown left her without any energy or creativity. “The best I could do some days was to pull out a box of toys they hadn’t played with for a while,” she says.
Read on to learn how she unpacked that emotional baggage to get to more playful learning and fun for the whole family: Why We Worked through Emotional Baggage Before English and Math
Flexible Schedules with a Focus on Energy Supports My Child’s Learning
Sonali Vongchusiri is a Hand in Hand Certification candidate and a homeschooling mama of three children (ages 9,6, and 3). She and her children live in Bangkok, Thailand, and Sonali uses an unschooling approach with her high needs older son, and a more traditional homeschool approach with her two younger children.
Here's a glimpse into how their flexible schedule plays out and why no two days look the same: Flexible Schedules with a Focus on Energy Supports My Child’s Learning
Balancing Work and Play Took Practice
Elle Kwan is Hand in Hand's content creator, host of the Hand in Hand Parenting Podcast, and a work-at-home mum to two kids who have been distance learning in Hong Kong since February when schools closed to quarantine.
She shares how the family have worked through initial resistance they all felt to learning at home, into days that combine online learning and working from home with Special Time and physical play: Balancing Work and Play Took Practice
Are Your Kids Learning Remotely? Or Feeling Anxious About Returning to School?
These posts are part of our Fall Fundraiser, Raising Kids Who Love to Learn. As a thank you for donations of $6 or more, you will receive the whole Raising Kids Who Love To Learn series.
Your collection includes:
- 5 x videos by Hand in Hand Instructors on subjects like reaching resistant learners, overcoming distance learning and classroom disruption and advocating for your child.
- Bonus video from founder Patty Wipfler,
- 100 Ways To Play guide,
- Understanding Children's Emotions ebook.
- Printables, real-world examples from parents using the tools, tips, and reminders
Use it to inspire your child's curiosity, focus, and joy of learning. Please go here to give.
How does your gift help?
Your gifts help us fund projects like our research study with Harvard's Center for the Developing Child. For this project, Hand in Hand is adapting our 6-week Starter Class for use by Early Childhood Educators in Head Start and Early Head Start, a highly effective US program that serves children being raised in poverty, and their families, and in other community-based preschools.
So many parents tell us that after years of struggling the support and tools Hand in Hand offers helps their families thrive.
Please help us reach more parents.