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<h4>Next Step offers some unique resources for families suddenly thrust into home schooling because we need to “shelter in place” to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We hope these posts give you good ideas for ways to cope, to learn, and to have some fun!</h4>
<h5><i>“My kids sense the current heaviness and disruption. Pausing for a breath helps–them and me. Learning outdoors feels just right. Parents are pulled in a lot of directions right now, and we need quick, print-and-go resources. Creating these resources makes me feel I’m bringing some goodness to the world.”</i></h5>
<p style="text-align: right;"><em>—Sara Lockie</em></p>
<h4>To learn more about Next Step home learning resources, scroll down and try some of the activities. Be sure and <a href="/contact/">let us know</a> how they turn out!</h4>
Not only is movement good for physical health, but it’s good for mental health–focus and executive function. We’ve enjoyed working with the Iowa Department of Public Health as they rolled out Brain Breaks.
Hands-on learning through ready-to-go activities are content-rich AND fun! A water scavenger hunt. A water cycle simulation. AND an edible model of the water beneath our feet. Connect lessons with current events.
Who doesn’t love spotting butterflies?! But we NEED butterflies and other pollinators, and their habitat is decreasing. But we can help! Find out how by downloading the Pollinator Lesson Pack for FREE!
Watch your kids’ faces light up as they reveal their first horizon line–priceless! Chalk Mountains is a unique way to create a design and experiment with color. It helps with focus and flow. #aSTEaMactivity
Thanks for a great conversation. You started the meeting with an observation of my noticeable happiness I receive from my passion for my work. Last evening as I sat on my deck watching the sunset and reflecting from the day, your statement was at the top of my list for appreciating the day. A few tears of being overwhelmed with joy may have also transpired.
Jerah Sheets, Iowa DNR
Thank you thank you! I'm just beginning to find my tribe here and this was a boon.
Mary Beth Einhorn, Central Iowa Yoga Retreat Participant
The Mindful Movement and Mingling was just so inspired! I've never been to a retreat that did that type of program. The usual sitting around, alone, and slowly meeting one or two people can be pretty isolating. You guys brought us to that place of connectedness in a fun way.
Lisa Evans, Central Iowa Yoga Retreat participant
Thank you again for coming on Friday. It was an incredible hands-on learning experience for the students. Once the simulation was finished students reflected on their experience and newly gained insights into life near the poverty line.
Kenny Baker, 11th grade - Gilbert High School
Next Step was an excellent addition to our Super Power Summit for middle school students. They incorporated hands-on learning activities that involved dirt, art, leadership, and the great outdoors!
Carrie Scheidel, Iowa Department of Education
Thank you so very much for your love, care, and support on this journey. You truly are a great teacher and healer.
Therese, Yoga student
The STEM Camp at Harding this summer was awesome! Our students were actively engaged in activities, learning, and lots of fun! It was a great experience for students to connect with their school, community, and science!
Joy Linquist, Principal
Next Step has been a solid addition to our student leadership workshops. Their connection with students is thoughtful, purposeful and brings great energy.
IHSAA Assistant Director
Poverty simulation was fantastic. Great job forcing us to deal with the everyday complications of living in poverty. It was impossible not to get frustrated. Participants came up with “creative” ways to solve problems or cut corners for a lasting impact on their family, job, or both. I was extremely impressed with the entire process.
Wil Wiemann, 8th Grade Social Studies, Edward Stone Middle School, Burlington, Iowa
I heard great things about the training and would like to find a time this fall for an early out training for our staff to visit the park as well as hear about the wonderful things offered.
Brian Crook, Principal, Studebaker Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa
It only takes a minute or two and can totally change the classroom atmosphere. One minute they can be going a million miles a minute coming in from lunch and recess, and after a quick breathing technique, they settle down, giggle a little, and then get to work.
Mychele, Kindergarten Teacher
Oh man, I'm an actor at heart. So being in those scenarios was really cool. Playing a 17 yo former druggie who was trying his best to stay straight was a hoot. But more than anything, the reality of what life is like for many of my fellow citizens really opened my eyes.
West Des Moines Leadership Academy Poverty Simulation Participant