A Creative Curriculum Plan for Home Schooling While on COVID-19 Quarantine or Self Distancing – Including Printable Resources
Creative Curriculum? Yes please!
I have never dreamed of being a teacher. Yet, with the official announcement on Sunday, March 15, 2020 that Alberta schools are closed indefinitely, I somehow am taking on the mantle of Teacher.
About this Creative Curriculum:
This creative curriculum was developed by me, not a teacher. I am an artist-author-filmmaker-art curator with oodles of ideas and energy. This is not official curriculum but merely an attempt to home-educate while schools are cancelled.
Not everyone can be home with their kids and so the following curriculum may not work for you. You can adapt it around your schedule, especially since children’s after school activities are also canceled.
I’m thankful to be a independent creator who does business from my home office, so I am likely more flexible than most. I will take photos of this curriculum in action and report back the successes and failures. Like so many industries right now, we are bootstrapping and improvising.
The Brighter Side:
I am actually a bit excited for the extra time with my kids. While its easy to get bogged down with anxiety (believe me, I know this struggle all too well), I am endeavoring to make the most of this situation. I do that through:
Turing things into a game
Focusing on quality time
Inviting the kids into deciding what goes into their home school curriculum
Stepping back to gain some perspective, aka this too shall pass, but the memories we create together can be something we look back on fondly
I have a framed image in my kitchen that reads:
The following curriculum is intended to be:
Easy for non-teachers
Doable with supplies on hand at home
Fun for kids (and parents)
Adaptable for grade level
Flexible in terms of the timeline of the day
Creative Curriculum – Elementary School Age Kids
Lovingly created by Alexis Marie Chute
Activity: Crib tournament
Practical: Whoever is not playing is doing a chore in the house
Activity: Walk/run on the treadmill (or outside) or run the stairs in the house for cardio, and use weights or soup cans to build muscle
Lunch & ‘Recess’
Social Studies/History: Watch a documentary film on Netflix or YouTube
Documentary idea: Greatest Events of WWII in Color. ABOUT: From the attack on Pearl Harbor to D-Day, the most pivotal events of World War II come to life in this vivid docuseries featuring colorized footage.
Activity: Make drums and other musical instruments from household objects and play along with music or make up your own songs
These interactive websites and apps breathe life into textbook illustrations and lessons about the human body and anatomy for K-12 students.
Carson Dellosa Child-Size Human Body Bulletin Board Set (3215), 2 figures, each approx. 50″ tall By CarsonDellosa $34.99 at Walmart $16.09 on Amazon.ca Temporarily out of Stock : (
Activity: Print out or draw the shape of the human body and draw in the organs and label them. Move on to drawing each other as cartoons and play at drawing realistic eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands.
Free-time screen time for kids who earn it through good behavior