Read to your kids
“This past year, one of the main things that I’ve been concentrating on is setting up the Imagination Library in Ohio. … This is a free book in the mail to every child every single month from the time they’re born until they turn five years old,” Mrs. DeWine said.
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Visit OhioImaginationLibrary.org to sign up and get started on the journey to early childhood literacy for your little one.
Cook with your kids
“This is a great opportunity now since we all have to eat,” said Mrs. DeWine, who shared she soon would be making her grandmother’s noodle recipe with her grandchildren. She said that cooking with kids can help bring families together.
First Lady Fran DeWine and Gov. Mike DeWine leave the daily press briefing on the coronavirus outbreak. LAURA BISCHOFF/STAFF
Use technology to keep in touch
The first lady points out that older people like her 93-year-old mother may feel more lonely or alienated due to the restrictions that are in place. She urged considering Facetime with family members who may feel isolated.
Use this time wisely
“Maybe you were waiting for a snow day to do some project like create an album or organize your pictures. We can use this time to do it with everyone who is in the house with us,” said Mrs. DeWine. “Use this time to become closer together and share fun things.”
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She mentioned gardening, learning an instrument and playing outdoors among other ideas.
Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine announces an expansion of a state literacy program to include all of Butler County during her visit to Ross High School. DeWine says the joint program, done in conjunction with music and movie star Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library national reading program, will allow 25,000 youngsters in Butler County to start receiving free books to aid in their developing of reading skills. (Photo By Michael D. Clark/Journal-News)
Consider enlisting some online educational help
Mrs. DeWine pointed out that Scholastic is offering free online courses through its digital learning hub.
The Scholastic Learn At Home program offers three hours of learning per day with up to four weeks of instruction. Users are asked to choose a grade level, separated into Pre-K and kindergarten, first and second grade, third through fifth grade, and sixth grade and above.
Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with a family member. Just find the right grade level and let the learning begin.
Visit here to learn more.
The first lady said she would be posting different recipes and ideas on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. Search @FranDeWine if you want to learn more.