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5 ways to stay busy and keep learning at home

March 27, 2020 | Campus Life
From goop and slime to podcasts and pianos, MacEwan’s early childhood educators, music instructors, librarians and personal trainers have ideas to keep you – and the people you live with – busy and learning.

1. Goopy, slimy and bubbly ways kids (and adults) can play indoors

As they watched news of the closure of childcare centres, the team of educators at Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM) couldn’t stop thinking about the families they work with. “We instantly recognized that this was going to be an important time to support children and families,” says Jennifer Sibbald, interim senior manager of ELM.

In addition to sharing videos of educators singing songs, reading books, and leading children in moments of mindfulness and play experiences, Jennifer and her team put together a quick sensory play reference sheet, based on experiences they knew children at ELM enjoy. That single page is loaded with recipes for slime, goop, cloud dough, playdough, and a bunch of fun ideas for indoor family experiences.

2. Stay active at home – no equipment required

Going to the gym may not be an option right now, but there are lots of ways to stay active while you’re at home, says Megan Denholm, an exercise specialist and programmer with MacEwan University Sport and Wellness.

Whether you’re a seasoned fitness fan or just getting started, use Megan’s customizable workout to help fill the time, benefit your immune system, take care of your body and boost your mental wellbeing.

3. Find a new ebook, podcast or free online course

Explore this collection of free online courses, eBooks and podcasts from MacEwan’s librarians. You can also use the library’s main search to look for eBooks in MacEwan’s collection, or check out Edmonton Public Library’s huge selection of fiction eBooks (you can sign up online to access EPL’s collection using your MacEwan library card). Once you’ve connected your MacEwan library card to EPL’s system, you also have free access to online learning courses through Lynda.com.

Speaking of librarians, they’re online and ready to answer your questions or give you a hand with research. Check out the 5 ways MacEwan librarians are ready to help you work online.

4. Learn how to play that instrument you’ve had hanging around forever

If you have a piano or guitar gathering dust or have always wanted to learn to sing, the Conservatory of Music can help you get started with online lessons. There are currently more than 60 instructors standing by to offer lessons in everything from drums and percussion to violin, voice, piano, guitar, cello, flute, saxophone, clarinet, viola and music theory.

While learning music online can be a bit of an adjustment, Dr. Vladimir Rufino, who teaches violin, says it’s been a very positive experience. “When this is all over, I want to make sure that I did all I could to help music continue in my students’ lives, and that I was able to contribute to their education, wellbeing and mental health.”

Email conservatory@macewan.ca to learn more or be paired with an instructor who can teach you in the comfort of your own home.

5. Find your next great read

Is your to-read stack getting dangerously low? Check out this list of book selections from MacEwan faculty members. From The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes to Crime and Punishment, this collection of books selected by faculty members celebrating professional milestones really does have something for everyone. You can use the library’s main search to see if there’s an eBook available for these titles, or sign up online to access the extensive Edmonton Public Library eBook collection using your MacEwan ID.

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