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Teaching, LEARNING & STAYING HEALTHY IN TODAY’S WORLD

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of daily life, we at the University of Houston College of Education are adapting, innovating and drawing on best practices to help improve academic and health outcomes for all children and families. Here we will provide resources while serving as a hub for inspiring ideas, relevant research and collective action. Together, we can transform lives.

FOR EDUCATORS AND FAMILIES

Higher Education

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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READ ALOUDS

Children can deepen their literacy skills and love of learning by hearing stories read aloud. Enjoy several stories read by College of Education staff members Velvette Laurence, David Laurence and Tim Rosas: “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Lobster and the Crab,” “A Family Apart,” “And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?” and “Ramona Quimby, Age 8.”

UH students in the Cougar Literacy Corps – AmeriCorps program also are ensuring children don’t miss story time. The students have diverse books, and their recordings are available online through the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s We Read effort.

 

Carrie Cutler and her son

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Exercise equipment

STAYING ACTIVE

It’s important to keep active while practicing social distancing. The College’s BOUNCE healthy living program, led by Professor Norma Olvera, offers a few ideas:

  • Zumba is fun, upbeat, interactive and makes you sweat to your favorite songs. Or try yoga to improve your body and your mental health. Find free or low-cost workouts online.
  • Bodyweight exercises, such as push ups, planks and squats, help you build muscles without weights or other equipment.
  • Take stretch breaks. For upper back pain, try shoulder rolls. Lift your shoulders up to your ears and roll them back down in a slow circle. Repeat 3 – 5 times, then change direction.
  • Working in your yard or garden allows you to be physically active close to home helping the planet.

OTHER RESOURCES