With schools around the world moving to online instruction, students are spending more time than ever in front of screens in order to complete their virtual lessons. Not only that, the “COVID-19 Slide” is said to be the summer slide on steroids.

Meanwhile, teachers are being asked to provide instruction online without many of the hands-on tools of their trade. Parents are being thrown into a homeschooling role and may have no idea where to start when it comes to providing valuable activities that will both keep their children busy and help them further their education.

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As a former educator and now an editorial lead for a company that offers hands-on tools, I love getting students away from the screen to work with their hands. The good news for parents and teachers is that many items in students’ homes can double as hands-on educational tools whether it’s to supplement lessons during the school year or to keep their minds fresh during the summer.

About the Author:

Brittany Goerig is the lead author and co-creator of Daily Math Fluency and Math Fluency Intervention from hand2mind, a provider of hands-on learning tools. She’s an editorial lead for hand2mind, which is offering teach@home: Daily Lessons & Activities for K-5 students, a series of free daily lessons and activities created and delivered by teachers. Brittany spent 17 years in the classroom as an elementary and middle school math teacher and has created and conducted professional development for teachers for the past 15 years. She is passionate about helping children and teachers construct their own mathematical knowledge based on understanding the relationships in mathematics.