Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Minnesota parents are working at home and making it work

18 Mar 2020

Even before the schools closed, Erika Dodge had an idea.

The Minneapolis mom was searching for ways to keep her second-grader occupied in the weeks ahead, when Dodge would be working from home as a freelance art director.

She decided to turn to the internet, where she found so many ideas that she ended up creating a crowdsourced website, to collect it all. The site includes suggestions for virtual field trips, online chess matches and lists of educational television shows. It also collects some of the ways authors and artists are connecting with kids during the pandemic, like the livestreaming drawing classes that “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” author and illustrator Mo Willems began Monday.

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