If you have a high schooler than you’ve started the e-learning put into place in most high schools. It’s also time to share the ideas for this “now normal” time.

I’m sharing ideas + ones others shared over social in our social distancing days in the next two weeks.

The e-learning sent out to my high schoolers started Monday and we all sat on the couch together to watch. It was a leisurely start to the morning sitting in our pajama pants for “class”. There was only minor whining from my teens {they may still be in shock for getting a 2-week spring break}. They watched the videos sent out by the district and then answered the questions that followed. Emma answered as the video played {she’s answering on her phone}, and Nick answered all the questions at one time {#differentlearningstyles}. Brian and I just watched 😁

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7 Ideas During Our Time of Social Distance::

For a Smile… I read a cute idea posted on Facebook to create community from a distance for St Patty’s Day/Week. Her words are posted below so we can all join in. Who doesn’t like to COLOR 🍀, or make a melted crayon ☘️, or cut one out of felt or foam?!

“I was thinking about a way for our community to still get outside and do something fun, without touching or coughing on each other. St Patrick’s day is coming up I thought it’d be fun to have a city wide
☘️Shamrock Hunt☘️! All you have to do is put a Shamrock in your window on March 17th. ☘️ That’s it! Color it, paint it, cut it out, print it from the printer, whatever. Then we can get outside, walk around and see how many Shamrocks we can find! It would be awesome to post pictures of your finds back here {Facebook}. It’s easy. No human contact. Get fresh air. Don’t buy toilet paper. Just put a shamrock in your window. ☘️”

Document History… Our Sycamore History Museum Director, and sweet friend, Michelle, is doing a journaling activity with her boys at home this week

Along with her museum staff she is having her three boys write about this unprecedented moment in history too. Y’all know how much I love telling a story, and this is an ‘in-the-moment’ way to tell about what teens are feeling, what they noticed outside + changes they may have made in the last few weeks. GREAT activity for ANY AGE {but her third grader did take some extra convincing🙃} .

Popcorn + Movie Night… Now’s the time to catch up! I’ve got a list at the ready and we’re starting tonight with Charlie’s Angels. The third one was released last week. More movie ideas are below 🎬

Must Be Done – Cleaning… I’m not very popular in my house for this one, but cleaning out the drawers + closets is happening THIS WEEK. Let the Spring purge begin.

E-Leanring...Yes, the learning must go on. But this is a chance to break it up. There are a lot of good homeschooling sites that can help make this go easier in your house. Homework with a smile, or at least a smirk. 🤓

Color, Games & Puzzles… Pull-em all out and start the rotation.

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Remember the Photo Story… It’s another memory for the history books, so grab your phone and start telling the story. If you want some iPhone photo tips keep scrolling to see my four iPhone lessons.

Your Turn to Share Ideas::

What are you doing to pass this historic time in “Social Distancing”? Let’s SHARE in the comments below or I’m linking this post to my Facebook and Instagram pages so we can share on whichever platform you like best.



Current Movie List::

  • Charlie’s Angels {2000, 2003, 2019} We saw 2019, so we’re going back in time to catch up
  • Now You See Me {1 & 2} Illusionist movies with some mystery + comedy mixed in
  • Knives Out
  • Maleficent – Mistress of Evil
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

What To Read:: If your library is closed you can always go online for the e-readers or audio books . Our library offers the HOOPLA and LIBBY apps. Amazon also has their Audible subscriptions.

P.S. Your kiddos might even be bored enough to take some photos too. Nick walked in when I was playing with some lighting angles and next thing I know we’re taking some shots {WOO-HOO}.

Don’t have a photographer in your house this week?

That’s OK, peek back at my iPhone photo series and play around with those lessons while you’re at home.

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  1. Michelle

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m just catching up on my reading 😊. Great suggestions. 

  2. Kammy

    We are playing a lot of cards and board games. 

    • Andrea

      Us too! I have a whole month of new ideas coming to my Instagram for April…Since it looks like we’ll be in for awhile ;0 Stay healthy


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