Finding an age-appropriate resource to explore the human body can be challenging, especially when the learning is in 3D. The MERGE Mr. Body anatomy experience is well suited to young students as they rotate the cartoon character while examining and interacting with specific body systems and parts, such as the heart, lung, liver, and brain.
As their regular routines are upended during the COVID-19 pandemic, children turn to the adults in their lives for both emotional and physical safety. A newly released resource guide, coauthored by a child psychologist and trauma-informed care leader at UMass Medical School and colleagues at the national child-welfare research center Child TRENDS, offers research-informed guidance for caretakers.
How many times as educators have we uttered a version of these phrases? “We don’t have time for that” or “I would love to do that but I don’t have time.”
Suddenly, guess what we have? Time. Unexpectedly we have received the gift of time. The gift of time to do those things we never have time to do. We have the gift of time as educators. We have the gift of time as learners. We have the gift of time as parents.
In response to the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has created a COVID-19 landing page with resources for social studies educators, administrators, and professionals.
As of March 17, 2020, 115 countries have announced or implemented school and university closures; 105 countries have shut schools nationwide, impacting almost 959.2 million children and youth; and a further 10 countries have implemented localized school closures to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19.