Learning at home
These are crazy times. With schools closed and parents and caregivers scrambling to keep their children’s learning on track, simple resources that keep students active and learning while they’re home can have multiple benefits—for everyone. The Walking Classroom’s educational podcasts, which are designed for students to listen to while walking, can be a great help. So, to support teachers and parents everywhere, we’ve made available 26 podcasts and lesson plans free of charge. Please share with parents and caregivers!
Research has shown that when kids listen to these podcasts while walking, as opposed to listening while sitting, they actually learn more of the lesson and retain more information. Teachers report that the physical activity energizes them, improves moods, and even helps calm behavior issues—all particularly good things when students are stuck at home.
California teacher, Michelle Simmons shares her experience with how the program kept her students on track during her absence:
“My year has been a series of uncontrollable events…. In my absence, my sub used the program. It was so important for my afterschool program. The Walking Classroom made it possible to keep them on track. The students made sure that they did it three times a week. When I returned, the students told me all they had learned. Their faces lit up when saying, ‘Mrs. Simmons, did you know…’ I do not know how I would have made it through all the time on leave without this program.”
Stay safe, maintain a 6-foot radius
Even with the current stay-at-home orders in place, many students live in areas where they can safely walk outside while maintaining the required 6-foot social distance. Encourage parents and caregivers to use their best judgement to determine if an outdoor walk while listening to these podcasts is safe for their children.