The coronavirus has certainly upended all of our lives. These past two weeks have been ones for the record books. Everyone is trying to figure out the best course of action to take to keep everyone safe. We all now know to wash our hands and stay six feet apart when going out. I know it is challenging for many of us, including myself, to stay at home. But I also know it is best for all of us.
But what about passing high school classes, accepting college admissions decisions or preparing to head off to college? What should we know? I hope to answer as many of your questions as I can and to offer you some resources that your child can use to help them to stay on top of their courses, whether the courses are being taught online or the schools have closed down all together. I hope to do another blog post and newsletter as often as necessary to keep everyone up to date with important information.
On Friday, March 20, the College Board came out with a directive for all students in the U.S. who are currently taking AP classes. Beginning March 25, they are offering live and online free AP instruction. You can find specific information about the course and the schedule for instruction at: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates
As of March 25, SAT and ACT testing has been cancelled through the end of May 2020. Both College Board (SAT) and ACT will be sending an update early next month should they decide to postpone the testing in June. Meanwhile, more colleges, a total of 1080, have decided to go test-optional. Check out the list of test optional colleges at: http://fairtest.org/
Most colleges will send out their admission decisions by April 1, 2020 and will require an initial small deposit by May 1, 2020. Because of the monetary impact on many states due to this coronavirus, I fully expect that public colleges will have even less money to offer students this coming year. As I am writing this newsletter, the senate is working on a stimulus package that includes a six-month deferment on any college loans. However, this bill may also include a section that requires the poor and low-income students to repay any Pell grant monies they receive. Stay tuned.
I hope that everyone stays safe and stays at home as we hopefully flatten this curve. If you have any questions about the college process at this time, including testing, college visits, the college application, recommendations or the college essay, I can help. Reach out to me at 240-285-1920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listed below are websites that offer free lessons, games and videos that students can do to keep up their learning while at home. I hope these are helpful.
- Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities: https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
- Algebra games for students: https://www.dragonboxapp.com/
- Math and logic problems for ages 5 to adult: https://www.aplusclick.org/
- Science podcasts to listen to with your kids: https://medium.com/../19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-list
- Alaskan Wildlife cams: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
- Coding with Star Wars: https://code.org/starwars
- Engineering challenges with things you have at home. https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engine…/
- This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov
- This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
- Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable https://www.brainscape.com/
- Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
- Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body. https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
- A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
- Tests kids geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are: https://www.geoguessr.com/
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos activities, and games. Enjoy the tour: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
- Tour all of the National Parks. https://www.nps.gov./…virtualtours.html
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at the Louvre. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
- Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China. https://www.thechinaguide.com/destinati…/great-wall-of-china
- Type in any city, state, or country and view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It is a unique way to learn about history. https://www.whatwashere.com//