Who wouldn’t want to be read to by former first lady Michelle Obama? That was rhetorical! Thanks to PBS, viewers will be able to read along with Obama every week on PBS Kids in partnership with Penguin Random House. Viewers can also tune in on PBS Kids’ YouTube page and Penguin Random House’s Facebook page.
In a tweet, PBS wrote, Join us for “Mondays with @MichelleObama!” In this weekly read-along series, she’ll read 4 of her favorite children’s books (one book every Monday). It begins Mon. @ 12pm ET with “The Gruffalo” on @PBSKIDS & @PenguinRandomHouse Facebook pages! #ReadTogetherBeTogether #pbskidsread
As students continue to learn virtually while sheltering in place due to the global pandemic, a number of organizations are doing their diligence to create alternative learning opportunities for students.
Obama shared her excitement about the partnership on Twitter.
I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite children’s books and give kids an opportunity to practice their reading (while giving families a much-needed break!).
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 17, 2020
Here are some creative ways to keep your child engaged during the COVID-19 crisis:
- Create a schedule for your student’s day and stick to that routine to create a sense of normalcy while in the house.
- Create traceable worksheets to keep students learning new words and letters.
- Make up and remix songs by their favorite artists to help them memorize important facts and lessons.
- Google fun homemade science projects that are kitchen and carpet friendly!
- Watch five minutes of the news with your child and recap the current events.
- Share a family and or cultural history lesson or create a family tree.
- Research or create financial literacy exercises as an alternative to regular math lessons.