I’m Elise Brimhall, the Education Program Manager at PBS Utah. I have my BA in Education from Westminster College and have taught preschool, 2nd grade, and 6th grade in Salt Lake and Granite School Districts.
With the COVID-19 situation impacting every day life, schools have closed, education centers have closed, most of us are working from home, and many are now responsible for entertaining and educating children in the home 24/7. It’s a big task and I know it can feel overwhelming! I want to help by sharing hands-on activities we have created here at PBS Utah for our Ready To Learn Family Nights, as well as activities from PBS KIDS, and resources from our community partners. These activities will focus on literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), and all of them align with the core standards.
Starting today, I will be sharing easy, educational activities you can do with your children using materials you already have at home. Each week will be a different theme, and I’ll be sharing 1 activity each day Monday through Friday.
Let’s kick it off with a space theme! Last summer we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and our fascination with space exploration hasn’t slowed down. NASA has an incredible image gallery you can access for free, including an image of the day. Check out the images here to get inspiration for your rocket launch: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html
Today we are going to build and launch our own paper rockets!