Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 2 of 6: Science & Crafts


The second in a series of articles on homeschooling for FAWCO.

Remember the days when you might have thought homeschooling was a concept only hippies or recluses could embrace? When you thought, “no way would I keep my kids home all day”? Does it seem like a long time ago that you thought, “I’m no educator, I’m just a parent”? For many of us, those days are over. They are a thing of the past. Our new reality means our children are home with us during the day, all day. Their schools are closed. Their teachers are now faces on a computer screen, and you are the teacher’s assistant. 

Welcome to the new reality the coronavirus pandemic has created. The good news is that the world has answered those who questioned their ability to homeschool. The universe has provided tools for the newly initiated teachers’ assistants otherwise known as mom, dad, auntie, uncle, grandma and grandpa. It has even provided an opportunity for godmothers like me to strengthen the bond that busy schedules and distance threaten to weaken.

I have started a weekly English conversation session for my 12-year-old goddaughter and her 14-year-old sister in Berlin. Their younger sisters hang out occasionally, and I am having the time of my life listening to their little voices in their German/Danish accents wrap their young minds around expressing themselves to me in English while deciphering my American accent. For me, this is a dream come true.

What joy will you discover during this time? In this series of articles, we’ll highlight a list of resources and tools for homeschooling covering Art, Books, Cooking, Crafts, Exercise, Math, Mindfulness, Music, Science, Sports, Virtual field trips and Yoga that you may want to embrace even on the other side of the pandemic.This week we’re focusing on Science & Crafts

Want to skip the specifics and just have a list of general resources at hand? Click HERE for a list of 47 helpful websites from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, TCDSB (K–8th grade) and/or check out The Khan Academy for teaching/learning resources (preschool–12th grade), as well as how to create a daily schedule.  Also NEW this week is the Emergency Curriculum Packet created by the Charlotte Mason Institute. 

science clip art edteam article april 2020


Looking for a fun science experiment or want to Skype with a real scientist? Get ready to get messy and click HERE to tap into those amazing resources and so much more to help your child explore the world through the eyes of science!

rainbow clipart edteam April 2020


Do you have glue, scissors, crayons and you’re looking to nurture your kids’ creativity? Click HERE for a list of crafts to fit any age, including coloring pages for tweens and teens, as well as how to upcycle your juice and tissue boxes to make boats and trucks!


 BONUS: Disney (and more) Virtual Field Trips!! Can’t get to Disney? Let Disney come to you and enjoy these rides. Thank you! (Tip: Click through to tour CInderella’s Castle.)


LET’S DO US! Workshops: Black Women in Europe (®) Blog Series

Black Women in Europe Blog

Our multi-award winning brand is reaching out to the community in a new way with a free online workshop series.

I asked and you answered the call!

Be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months. You can participate in 4 ways.
(1) Gift your services and products as resources for women and families on lockdown and/or social distancing.
(2) Be an expert panelist on a series of online workshops tailored to our unique needs.
(3) List your online business in our exclusive directory of black women retailers in Europe.
(4) Share this opportunity with other black women in Europe you know who may be interested.

2020 will be hard but together we will survive and thrive.

Adrianne George

Coming up in May we invite you to join our 8 free webinars created with you in mind.

The Power of a Morning Routine
Kids Acting Workshop
Black Women Meditate Workshop
Producer’s Talk Workshop for Adults
Work-/Life-Balance when (suddenly) Working from Home
How to use communication in these times of crisis
How to Start an Online Business During A Pandemic
Black Women Meditate Workshop
Schedule subject to change. Let’s be gracious during these difficult times.

More details including presenter bios, dates, times, and registration information available by clicking on the workshop title.

For June, we have these amazing free workshops lined up so far, with more coming.

Soprano vocal workshop
Start Writing Your Life Story in Just 15 Minutes a Day
Mental Health in a Time of Social Distancing
Developing resilience workshop
SocaFit class
Natural Hair Workshop
Bellydance class
Introduction to music production for beginners
Monthly Meditation
Subject to change. Let’s be gracious during these difficult times.

More details including presenter bios, dates, times, and registration information coming soon!


FAWCO Global Issues Digest Contribution – Art & Math

FAWCO Global Issues

My writing is featured this month on the FAWCO website.

This month we highlight students’ and parents’ thoughts on the current state of education. We also are introducing a 6-week series that features resources to support learning and teaching from home. This week’s focus: Math and Art (next week: Science and Crafts). Or skip the specifics and go straight to a list of 47 helpful resources from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, TCDSB (K‒8) and/or check out The Khan Academy for teaching/learning resources (preschool‒12), as well as how to create a daily schedule.

VP Global Issues Mary Dobrian

FAWCO announces the 2020 Resolutions and Recommendations Chair


I am proud to be a part of this FAWCO team.

Adrianne George

As anyone knows who has tried to describe FAWCO in a few brief sentences, our four pillars of Club Support, Philanthropy, Global Issues and US Issues encompass a world of issues.  Through examining our efforts every two years, we ask our Resolutions and Recommendations Committee to articulate the issues most important right now to the FAWCO Membership and help us focus our energies around our shared core values. We are not a political organization, but there are many issues where agreement can be found amongst our membership. The R&Rs are voted on by our FAWCO clubs at our Biennial Conference, and they are referenced regularly by the board and all our volunteers.  Christine Rigby Hall (AWC Amsterdam)has agreed to serve as FAWCO’s Resolutions and Recommendations Chair.  Christine impressed greatly as the Chair of the 12-member Target Selection Committee, leading the group through a comprehensive review of fifteen excellent project proposals and eventually selecting the top three for consideration of the FAWCO Clubs.

She studied Psychology and received a BA from the University of Kentucky and an MS from Springfield College.  Christine developed professional experience in the fields of Talent Acquisition, Development and Management and has a great track record of leading teams through complicated analysis and transitions.  She will be working with a R&R team to include Deanna Brittain (AWC Basel), Karen Castellon (AWC Berlin), and Adrianne George (AWC Gothenberg, AWC Malmö, AWC Stockholm). 


The Circle of Community: Scratch of Sweden and Halland Regional Hospital

Scratch of Sweden
No Dry Hands Lotion

Nurses are on the front lines each and every day and these days they are in the spotlight. Communities are appreciating their value and as we all are washing our hands and using hand sanitizer like never before, our nurses hands surely must be raw.

Scratch of Sweden has been helping solve nail and hand problems for over 30 years. Today they hoped to help soothe the hands of those who care for us by making a donation to the Halland Regional Hospital. Their products are manufactured in Halmstad where the regional hospital is located, and today a representative from the Region came by.

What a lovely person he is! He brightened my day.

He’s promised to deliver the Scratch of Sweden No Dry Hands moisturizer to the nurses who care for us every day. Community!


(Some of the Amazing) Women Who Changed American Politics

As Americans around the world prepare to go to the polls in person or via absentee ballot to elect the President of the United States in November, it is impossible to ignore the role women have played in American politics. Some names you must surely know, while others may be unfamiliar.

Who are these women and why do they matter? They all share something in common. They were the first. The first in the nation. The first in their state. First. And we know firsts matter because without those there can be no seconds, or thirds or changing of norms.

Read the full article I wrote on the FAWCO website.


Scratch of Sweden’s Nail Food is the Beauty Product of the Year 2020

Scratch of Sweden Nail Food

I am honored to know and work with Marie Houston, the Founder of Scratch of Sweden Nail Care products and lacquers.

I am proud to announce her cult product, the 30 year old Nail Food is this year’s Beauty Product Oscar Winner!

It is also Daisy Beauty Magazine’s Best in Test product.

You can find Scratch of Sweden products at Kicks, Lyko, and NK.

Follow Scratch of Sweden on Instagram and Facebook.