C4C Distance learning

It's no doubt that these are incredibly uncertain and unstructured times. Our community is sheltering in place, many are working from home and our kids are practicing distance learning. We thought you might appreciate a few ideas to keep the kids mindfully engaged. Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing some activities for you to work on at home.

Social media is alive and well and a great way to share your own unique "change for good" ideas. And please! We want to see what you're up to. If you use some of our suggestions or come up with some of your own, post pictures so we can all learn from your ingenuity!

If you post, make sure to use the hashtag #c4cmovement and tag us @children4changeclub.

WEEK 1 IDEAS

Clean out your closet!
Let’s get cleaning and support a good cause while we’re at it!  Go through your closet and set aside things that don’t fit or you no longer wear.  Just be sure they are ‘like-new’ and make a bag to donate to Bloom. Research online how Bloom Marin helps our community.  Clothes do more than just keep people warm and dry. What other ways could having the right clothes help people in need?  Can you think of why it’s important that your donations are ‘like-new’ for Bloom’s clients? Clothes that are well-worn could go to St Patrick’s Church in Larkspur.  

P.S. Bloom also takes adults’ clothes and women’s handbags in case your parents are cleaning out too! 

Reusable Lunch Bags
Have a sewing machine and some scrap fabric?  Let’s use this time to get creative and encourage waste-free lunches by making some of these reusable cloth snack bags.  Here is an easy pattern. No need to buy special fabric or velcro like they do- repurposed cloth dish towels or fabric from clothes that no longer fit will work!  Fasten w/ a snap, button or velcro. Send us a picture of your creation and we’ll feature it on C4C’s Instagram site as inspiration for others!  

Plan a Sale for Good.
Plan for a bake sale or craft sale for a cause you care about and bake/ freeze your baked goods or stockpile your crafts to sell at a later date.  Research your cause and write your elevator pitch- ie. what are you raising money for, where will the money go and why is it important?

Design Challenge
Calling all creators and designers!  In C4C, we have been learning about ‘alternatives’ to everyday products that may be ending up in our landfills.  Think shampoo bars vs plastic shampoo bottles, bamboo straws vs plastic straws, etc. Today’s challenge is to re-design a balloon bouquet using renewable or compostable materials.  Submit a photo with a description of materials used and we’ll share it on Instagram as our “alternative of the day”. #c4cmovement

Neighborly Acts of Kindness.
We may be social distancing but that doesn’t mean we can’t show kindness to our friends and neighbors.  Find a neighbor who may be isolated or elderly and make a note for them with a piece of homemade artwork and slip it under their door.  Or do a random act of kindness from afar- like bringing in the garbage bins, leaving some flowers outside their door, etc.

Give a Loan (ask a parent first).
Explore Kiva.org and give a $25 microloan to support someone in their business.  Do you have $25 in your piggy bank or can you earn it through doing some yard work?  With Kiva, you can choose the country, region and even the recipient of your loan. Do some online research about the country your recipient lives in- what language do they speak?   What do they eat? How long would it take to fly from San Francisco to the capital of that country? Why do you think this person might not be able to get a bank loan for their project?  Why did you choose this person to loan your money? Share your process with your family over dinner. 

Watch The Biggest Little Farm.
Trailer here and available on many platforms to watch at home.  

Try to answer these questions about the movie:

      1. What were some of the keys to bringing the farmland back to life after John and Molly bought it?
      2. What were some of the challenges they faced?
      3. What does it mean to ‘diversify’ the farm and why was that important?
      4. How many different things are they farming on the land? Bonus points if you know how many microorganisms are in the soil after it’s been rejuvenated. 
      5.  They thought about using poison to kill the snails.  Why was that a bad idea? What solved the problem instead?
      6. What happened with their land when they finally got rain (as compared to neighboring farms)?  Why was their farming strategy important with the rainfall?
      7. Were coyotes harmful or helpful on the farm?
      8. What’s a cover crop?  Why is it important?
      9. John and Molly’s goal was to have plants and animals live in harmony on the farm.  Can you list all the ways nature helped create harmony and balance. For example, gophers ate the tree roots and who ate the gophers? 
      10. on a blank piece of paper, design your own farm. What animals and plants will you include and why?

WEEK 2 IDEAS

Provide Sack Meals
Those in a homeless situation are particularly vulnerable right now and one way to help is to provide them with a sack meal while St.Vinnie’s free dining room is closed.  We created a foolproof shopping list for you to order just what you need and we even have a template for you to print your own C4C notecards to write notes of support.  They are accepting sack lunches in batches of 50 and the total cost is approximately $100.  We’re also taking donations for sack lunches and will gladly reimburse your efforts as needed (we ask only that you supply a receipt).  

Expressions of Gratitude
Send good energy into the world with the power of gratitude!  So many people are working during this time to provide medical care, ensure supplies are available to those who need them, keep grocery stores stocked, keep food supplies available, deliver packages and mail, keep banks and pharmacies open, keep utility services running, care for children and seniors, teach in new ways, and more. Create a note, a card, a picture, or a sign to thank someone providing care and essential services. Send us a picture @ info@children4change.org.  

Attend a C4C Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, March 31 at 2:30 - Email
info@children4change.org with “Zoom Meeting” in the subject line if you would like to join us.  We’ll send you login information. We look forward to hearing from and seeing our students.  We’ll discuss what is happening In the News regarding Climate Change, we’ll take a look at student projects and maybe even create our own virtual collage.

Design Challenge
Create a board game using materials around your house that might otherwise become trash, for example plastic straws, containers, packaging materials, old cereal boxes, milk jugs, etc. Consider upcycling them into something fun for your family! Make up your own rules, or be inspired by other games you enjoy!  You could create card games, puppets, collages, or other creations too! Here is some inspiration from 5th grade C4C participants at Hidden Valley – their upcycled Shoots and Ladders game made out of toilet rolls, paper towel rolls and plastics straws found in their homes! #c4cmovement

Conduct an at-home energy audit.
We are just beginning to talk about how much energy use and creation impacts Climate Change.  In order to get a sense of how much we all rely on electricity. Conduct an energy audit at home.  How many lightbulbs do we have, how many electrical appliances, phones, etc.? Use the form here or create your own!  Email your finished form to info@children4change.org with “Energy Audit” in the subject line. We’ll share our results!

Investigate Deep Green in Marin (and do some math!)
We are learning more and more about where our electrical power comes from in Marin.  Next week we’ll have you watch a movie that shows where some of our Marin electricity comes from. But this week, see what you can find out about Deep Green Energy
www.mcecleanenergy.org.  See if you can figure out how much switching to Deep Green would increase your electricity bill:  Locate the total kilowatt hours consumed on the summary page of your PG&E monthly statement then multiply that number by $0.01. For example, if you consumed 442 kilowatt hours during a month, your Deep Green premium will be $4.42.  What is a kilowatt hour?

Watch A Place at the Table
Trailer here and available on many platforms to watch at home.  

Try to answer these questions about the movie:

  1. What is a food desert?  Can you think of a Food Desert in Marin?
  2. What healthy snack is your favorite?
  3. A  school in the movie only had $.95 to spend on the school lunches.  What kind of food was in the lunch and why? How does this compare to the cost of a Starbuck’s latte? 
  4. What is food insecurity?  How many people in Marin experience food insecurity?
  5. In the movie, they said “obesity and hunger are neighbors”.  What does that mean? How is one related to the other?
  6. In the movie, some people received $3/day in government assistance.  Look on a grocery store’s website and put together a menu for your family using $3/day.  What choices did you have to make?
  7. “Charity is great but it’s not going to end hunger.” What does this quote mean?  What are the solutions to ending hunger in the long term and what are some of the barriers?
  8. At the end of the movie, Barbie got a job.  This was good news for her but bad news for her ability to feed her family.  Why?
  9. What would you recommend to our local Marin elected officials as they think about hunger in Marin?

“I like to help people in need because I think it is the right thing to do. I also like seeing the smile on their faces."

- Rowan, age 10