Remote learning isn’t just for kids. These Tucson classes will help you continue your own education. | tucson life

Even grown-ups long graduated can go back to school this fall. 

The University of Arizona and the local continuing education institution The Learning Curve are offering virtual classes that will teach you about everything from the history and production of chocolate to using music to navigate the pandemic. There are so many options. 

Even better? This isn’t your third-grader’s remote learning experience. There are no tests, no homework and no credit. You learn simply for the joy of it. 

“I think that we all benefit from continued learning,” says Susan Dick, the founder and director of The Learning Curve. “It’s good for our brains, and it’s good for our hearts to keep learning about a variety of topics and ways we can understand each other. People understand each other through arts, humanities, literature, music and history, and there has never been a more important time for us to do that.” 

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Virtual Story School helps Tucson kids develop early reading skills | schools

Just like Make Way for Books’ superhero Paula Palabras grows strong by learning words, so too do your kids. 

Families who sign up for the local nonprofit’s Virtual Story School (which has both English and Spanish options) will meet Paula Palabras and develop skills to promote language development and literacy at home. “Palabras” means “words” in Spanish.  

“The goal of the program is to have children fall in love with books and develop emergent literarcy skills so they go on to become great readers,” says Make Way for Books CEO Jenny Volpe. “And parents also gain confidence and skills to support their child.” 

Virtual Story School is an adaptation — albeit with multiple new components — of an in-person program for kids ages 3-5. For 10 weeks, a parent and child meet weekly with a family literacy specialist over Zoom in a cohort of eight families. Then, throughout the week,

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