If you’re one of my Tacoma readers, there is a good chance you have extra kiddos on your hands today due to the teachers’ strike.
As you may already know, I had the great privilege of teaching junior high school for ten years before Henry was born, so I naturally sympathize with the teachers here. However, I can absolutely understand the frustration a school strike causes for parents. When my oldest was a toddler we had the most amazing babysitter in the world, but I still remember that feeling of panic on days when she wasn’t well, or something came up. If you’re a stay at home parent or a parent with a flexible working schedule, it might be nice to reach out to friends in need this week.
If the big question is what to do today, I’d suggest sticking to at least a bit of a routine. Get dressed, maybe do some simple schoolwork, have older children play educational games on the computer or keep a reading journal……the key is not to do a rerun of summer now that you’ve gotten them back in the school habit (sort of). Teenagers could research new volunteer opportunities or unique activities for those college applications.
There are also many excellent educational sites with activities for younger children. Two I enjoy are I Can Teach My Child and No Time for Flashcards. Both have lots of fun, hands on ideas for young learners and free printables. If you’re a blogger with some fun ideas, feel free to leave your link in the comments, too.
Want to get out? Well, there’s always the fair, or you could check out my weekly list-What Sounds Fun This Week.
Or, here’s 5 educational outings in Tacoma for your consideration:
- Visit City Blocks and check out the most amazing Lego creations ever. My original post.
- Get a pass from your library and hit the Children’s Museum. Read more about library passes here. Most other museums are closed today, but it’s an idea for tomorrow-and yeah, I think you’d better plan on your kids being out for the rest of the week.
- Go to Paldo World and try a new-to-you food. Find where it came from on your map first 🙂
- Check out the exhibits at the Tacoma Nature Center and walk around Snake Lake
- Go to the Port of Tacomas and climb up the observation tower. Lots of free educational materials available there, too.
I also have some really cool upcoming posts on a history contest and local kids’ theater programs. I think you’ll enjoy them!