The message of God to the world comes not through natural phenomena like coronavirus but through the good news proclaimed by and embodied in a people who bear his name. “War, plague, and famine” are not severe words from God. They are groans of a broken creation into which God sends his word of faith, hope, and love through Jesus-shaped people. – Chaplain Mike
Chaplain Mike has been reading my mind this week, ending his post yesterday at the spot where I wanted to start mine. How do we want to model Jesus in this time of disaster? By being his hands and feet. Mike’s note: Before leaving this page, make sure that you at least scan down to the end of this post to see some great resources for parents with kids at home.
My mind started thinking about how we can be Jesus’ hands and feet last Friday when my cousin Jesse posted the following on Facebook:
If there are any Fernie residents who are seniors, or immune-compromised, who might be wary of heading out in public or to get groceries, please let them know I am willing to help deliver groceries or help in other ways. I will be free to do so this coming Wednesday onwards, and am eager to help calm this chaos! If you know of anyone please send me a DM and I can connect with them. Spread love not fear. – Jesse
I know her post inspired at least six others to act in similar ways. I thought to myself, “we are facing an pandemic that is growing exponentially, we need actions of love to spread exponentially as well.”
Over the next couple of days other family and friends posted similar things:
For any of my friends or family struggling with COVID-19,
If you need prayer or encouragement, message me! I would love to chat through Messenger, video calls, or whatever form works best. This is especially true for all you university students!!
If you are sick or elderly and need groceries or supplies, my friends and I at my church are looking to serve within our church community and the wider community!… – Drew
If anyone needs help delivering groceries or supplies to your home in light of the Coronavirus scare, please let me know. Happy to help. – Patrick
Hi friends (especially students)! At such a chaotic time, with some of us are moving home and many foodbanks running dry, I challenge us to consider the most vulnerable and needy people in our city. If you have any perishable or non-perishable food or hygiene products you are willing to give away please message me, Kalina or Elysia FT this week and we can pick them up from your house and deliver them to a local foodbank. – Hannah
I started hearing of a number of groups being formed to assist others, a health food store matching singles with seniors.
The list of those offering help continues to grow exponentially. In my town of half a million, nearly 1 out of every 100 residents has signed up to help through just one such site! I am hearing similar stories all over our country.
Another friend, Krista, who has just finished homeschooling her three children, realized that what she could offer was twenty years of experience of providing a meaningful time at home for multiple children. Every day she has been posting multiple suggestion and resources that she has found helpful.
I am going to wind up this post here with my final comments. You can then scroll through some of her suggestions below.
We all have ways we can help. Even the simple act of calling someone who is housebound on the phone to chat is a significant act of grace. I look forward to reading in your comments some of the good news that you have heard, or ideas that you have, or things that you are doing, that might be of help to others reading this post, or the community at large. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.
>Here is some of what Krista has had to offer over the past week, the first set can serve as a template for some of the others.
Resources for kids at home:
March 15 at 5:08 PM
For those of you with kids suddenly at home due to school closures, I’m sharing what a dear friend wrote up regarding homeschooling…..
I am seeing some comments from overwhelmed parents suddenly thrust into homeschooling their kids, with no opportunity to prepare. If I could offer a little perspective from 30 years of homeschooling, I’d suggest not trying to replicate school at home. Instead, focus on what you can do better at home, than they can do in a school setting.
1 Read lots and lots and lots of good books. Use audiobooks if your voice gets tired.
2 Bake together, and use the opportunity to practice measuring and maybe fractions.
3 Start some seedlings and learn about how seeds sprout and what plants need to grow.
4 Play outside, and don’t feel guilty about it. Play facilitates brain development.
5 Take nature walks, use different senses to find evidence of spring.
6 Do art projects together.
7 Help them set up journals where they can record and process their thoughts and experiences.
8 Maybe do an audio recording and/or drawing and/or cutting out magazine pictures for pre-writers.
9 Play some math or reasoning based games. Yahtzee, 21, that game with a grid of dots where you try to complete boxes, I’m sure there are tons of ideas online!
10 Create a skit or a short play together.
11 Play music from various favorite composers, and learn about their lives.
12 Ditto for looking at art from famous artists.
13 Play geography based games.
14 Plan an imaginary trip to an intriguing location. Learn all you can about what to see and do there, their culture, food, history, etc.
15 Begin learning a foreign language.
16 Learn to knit, crochet, sew a simple project, etc.
17 Bundle up, drive to a darker location, and go stargazing on a clear night. Download an app to identify what you’re seeing.
You’ve got this, mom or dad.
It is a short blip in 12+ years of schooling. Your kids will be fine. They really will.💕
March 15 at 5:13 PM
March 16 at 2:16 PM
Now is your chance to be just as enchanted with Gerald and Piggie as me and my students are!
March 16 at 11:08 PM
The Institute for the Excellence in Writing is a phenomenal program.
They are offering free curriculum…
Try it out with your kids!
Even if you just do some creative writing – rewrite a fairy tale or a process essay – how to make KD…
Yesterday at 8:02 AM
If you and your kids want to learn about space….
Yesterday at 8:46 AM
Self directed learning so the kids are learning while you are working…
Mike’s note: A whole bunch of different sites branch from this one. Some of them my kids have used in the past to help with their homework. I know the first link (Khan Academy) is extremely high quality.
Yesterday at 8:49 AM
Making math fun…
Yesterday at 9:37 AM
Now is your chance to be a Disney Imagineer…
Young and Old – dreams do come true!