Educational therapies support kids’ learning variabilities

Byrne Preserve
Courtesy of Jieun Chai
Reading therapists like Jieun Chai, in her Los Altos Hills COVID-era “office,” above, work to link the brain’s visual and language centers.

During this year of studying from home, every family has gotten a new window into how their students learn: the cadence of intensity and breaks, the struggles with attention or patience or self-confidence.

Reopening overnight camp: Testing, handwashing and expanded scholarships

Hidden Villa
Courtesy of Hidden Villa
Campers returning to Hidden Villa this year will reunite with familiar creatures, this time with all humans masked.

Camps around the Bay Area are planning for summer programming with many unknowns still in place, one year into the pandemic: Will local case rates remain low? How will reopening continue to roll out? Will campers adjust to a regime of new limitations on how they learn together?

Going beyond: How to extend the classroom into your home

Courtesy of Ellie Angel
Creating a home desk area with personal objects can make a workspace comfortable for even the youngest scholars seeking a focused spot for remote school, enrichment or personal projects.

School closures have had a domino effect on many stakeholders: children, educators, school administrators and staff, and especially families with children. Parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents had to take on the additional role of “home educators and supervisors” and learn the ins and outs of distance learning.

Resources target teens’ mental health

Courtesy of ASPIRE
The team running El Camino Health's afterschool program for teens have been focusing on emotional skills that help cope with the stresses of the pandemic.

Noah Miller, a senior at Mountain View High School, struggled with the academic stress of attending high school in the Bay Area. Like many teenagers, his mental health worsened as he transitioned to online learning amid the pandemic.

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