Are You Missing Exploratory Classes?

Helpful tips to learn Spanish and how to type this year.

We all know there have been a lot of changes this year, but a few of them are some pretty big changes. For example, the number of people in a classroom, but that’s not the change I’m talking about. This year, there are no exploratory classes for anyone. This may be a bummer for some kids, so here are some things you can do instead.

  • Spanish – One of the exploratory classes we’re missing out on is Spanish. A few students I asked said that this had been their favorite out of the exploratory classes. So, instead of taking Spanish, what can you do? Well, there’s a free app called Duolingo that teaches you any language you want! I, personally, have had this app for a while, and it’s pretty helpful. All you have to do is make an account, pick any language you want to learn (Spanish), and start on a lesson. Every day, when you’re done with school, just do one quick lesson and you’re ready to go!
  • Computers – Another class we’re missing is Computers. So, what can you try instead? A website called “typingclub.com” should do the trick! If you’re a bit of a beginner, and you don’t know much about typing, just start with the very first lesson. If you know which key is where for the most part, try taking the progress test. You don’t have to make an account for this website, but it helps if you do. After a few lessons, there’s even a fun typing game to play! You can also do this daily like Duolingo when you finish school.
  • Art – Now, Art is a real favorite. Unfortunately, you can only take this class in 6th and 8th grade, but if you’re in 7th, you can still try any of these. There’s not exactly a website where you can just create art, but there are many instructional coloring books you can buy pretty much anywhere. Or, you could try some videos on YouTube, and trust me, there are A LOT of art videos. If you don’t like someone else telling you how to create your art, just take some paper, and draw whatever you want! Remember, art can be anything.
  • The other exploratory classes (Middle School Transition and Agriculture) are a bit harder to find a website or an app for, but don’t worry. I didn’t really get to do Agriculture last year anyways (I was in 7th grade). I could still do it online, but it just wasn’t the same. Middle School Transition mainly teaches you how to be more organized. This includes how to take notes better, cleaning you locker (this wasn’t a
    course, but we had weekly locker checks), organizing your homework so it’s easier to find, and much more. We even did a course on the Black Plague, which was really interesting, and it helped you use your new note-taking skills.

This year obviously isn’t going to be the same, but I know this school will do whatever it takes to make it as exciting and normal as possible, and you as well, can do whatever it takes to help with this mission.