Stay-At-Home Activities & Resources
Updated 9/3/21 at 8:59 a.m.
This page is specifically designed to offer resources and activities while at home. This page is updated every Monday. The resources on this page are also available on the CLR Facebook page.
NOTE: If you have an activity, article, class, etc. that you think other CLR members would enjoy, please send items or links to Allison Den Braven at A.Denbraven@RockValleyCollege.edu. We want this page to reflect items that interest our members and would be happy to share your ideas with ALL of the CLR members!
Art & Crafts
- Arts & Crafts - Join Astar from Astar's Place and choose from over 100 different crafting tutorials! From making your own chalk to making fridge magnets to making a mini chandelier, there are tons of great crafting options for you to try!
- Bullet Journal - Join Shayda Campbell on YouTube as she takes you through her process of creating a month-by-month planner. She will show you step-by-step how to create a beautiful planner from scratch that you will WANT to use everyday.
- Beginner's Guide to Apple/Mac Computer Systems - Join Anson Alexander as he provides a basic introduction tutorial to the Mac OS X systems. You will learn how to access your computer preferences, set your personal preferences, using Finder to navigate through your files and documents, using the App Store to download programs, creating folders, using a Safari web page, and more!
- Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Excel - Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, including the anatomy of a spreadsheet, how to enter data, how to make your data look good, so it's easier to read and use, and more! This tutorial was made using Microsoft Excel 2016, but is applicable to older versions.
- Tips & Tricks for Using a Gmail Account - Kevin Stratvert created a step-by-step tutorial showing 15 of the best tips and tricks in Google's Gmail.
- Creating a Budget - Learn the seven steps to creating a budget, as well as the 50-20-30 rule for your monthly expenses by Great Lakes.
- Ultimate Guide to Senior Finance - Check out this article by Assisted Living Today, that provides answers to your questions regarding senior finances. Topics include benefits and social security, budgeting and saving, consumer protection, health care costs, different types of insurances, taxes and tax planning, mortgage strategies, wills and trusts, and other financial resources.
Health & Wellness
- Health Benefits of Music - Isn't it interesting how hearing a particular song can bring back a special memory or make you feel happy, calm or pumped up? People are born with the ability to tell the difference between music and noise. This article by the Pfizer Medical Team will help explain how music affects the brain and how it can actually improve our health and well-being.
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor - Do you ever leave the doctor's office wishing you had asked more questions? "A Place for Mom" has put an article together providing some great questions for you to ask at the doctor's office including questions about your diagnosis, treatment, and tests.
- Mysteries of San Francisco - While most people think of San Francisco as a haven for peace-loving hippies, this city by the Bay is actually of one the biggest military defense installations in America. Check out this full episode of the Cities of the Underworld from the History Channel on YouTube to discover more.
- These Roots Series - These Roots is a series that explores the day to day lives of Black people across America in the 18th and 19th centuries by Not Your Momma's History on YouTube. This first episode follows Fick, an enslaved Lady's Maid of Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia.
- Discovering World Religions - Join John Bellaimey with Ted-Ed to explore the intertwined histories and cultures of the major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. John will cover questions like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These questions are central to the five major world religions.
- How to Read the Bible - This ongoing series explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you'll be introduced to some of the basic skills necessary for reading the Bible effectively.
Science & Nature
- Super Senses, National Geographic - In this video by National Geographic, you will explore deep into the brain to show all the hidden senses you have working to help you navigate through life everyday.
- Unanswered Science Questions Explained - YouTube channel called ASAP Science that holds a collection of educational videos explaining science. From creators, Mitchell Mofit and Gregory Brown, they answer science questions from, "Is Your Phone Listening To You" to "What If You Only Drank Soda?"
- New York Times on Autism - In a New York Times short directed by Joris Debeij, we get a glimpse into what these individuals face each day. The subject of the film, Jordan, describes his experience of growing up with an autistic brother and developing it in his own life. In this video, Jordan is able to describe his condition with remarkable precision and insight.
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - This is a YouTube series by Emmanuel Acho. It was created as a safe place to have the uncomfortable conversations about race that many people have never been able to have. Mr. Acho created this series to remove the barriers for why we have never had these conversations and provide a space for curious white people to answer the questions they have always has, but have been too nervous to ask.
Special Interests & Hobbies
- AARP Smart Driver Course Online - Refreshing your driving skills could reduce your auto insurance costs! This online course could save you money on your car insurance, it is affordable, and it teaches you strategies to keep you safe behind the wheel.
- How Things are Made - Learn how some of your favorite products are made. Some things included are ceramic fireplaces, croissants, pocket knives, wigs, canned tomatoes, bowling balls, artificial eyes, peanut butter, and much more.
- TED Talks - A nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Their mission is to welcome people from all over the world that seek a deeper understanding of the world.