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How 9th & 10th-Graders Thrive Under Quarantine

As the estimates for quarantining seem to get longer by the day, what can your 9th and 10th-grader do to thrive at home?

They may not appreciate it, but this downtime gives them unprecedented opportunities to grow as a student, citizen, and person.

I've broken down my ideas into a few buckets. My hope is that your child will take some of these suggestions for action.


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  • Complete outstanding schoolwork
  • Get ahead on schoolwork
  • Communicate with your teachers
  • Read a book for fun
  • Read a Kindle book
  • Start a blog
  • Keep a "Quarantine" journal
  • Write a book review
  • Write a movie review
  • Maintain foreign language skills
  • Dig into Khan Academy
  • Study for the PSAT 10
  • Take an online class



  • Go outside
  • Walk the dog
  • Exercise
  • Stretch
  • Stare into the sky
  • Spend a day without a phone
  • Sleep (a lot)
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Eat real food


  • Work on home projects
  • Call or Facetime grandparents
  • Help elderly neighbors
  • Write letters to military personnel


  • Acknowledge your blessings
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Pray
  • Reflect
  • Meditate

Here's a sample daily schedule that I would like to see:

Ask them what they think? Help them come up with a daily routine.

Don't brow-beat them, but try not to let them waste weeks upon weeks of precious time swiping on their phone. 

Good luck and please share ideas that you've come up with.

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