After socially distancing for nearly two months, it’s safe to say that most of us are sick of being inside our homes. Unfortunately, even with restrictions beginning to ease this Friday, it’s still going to be a long time until things are back to normal.

We sent out a survey to AISB students to find out what they were doing/watching/reading to pass the time. Here are the top answers:


Watch all the Movies

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Here were the top 5 answers we received from the survey:

Love Actually

A movie directed and written by Richard Curtis and set a month before Christmas in London, Love Actually follows the lives of eight couples who, seemingly, have nothing in common.

Common Sense Media Rating: 16+

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix, Fandango Now, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.


Now You See Me

A group of illusionists pull off heists while performing shows, always giving the cash to their audience members. Meanwhile, they are followed by the F.B.I. and Interpol. This movie is then followed by two sequels where the illusionists’ lives get harder and harder.

Common Sense Media Rating: 13+

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix, Fandango Now, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.


The Devil Wears Prada

After graduating from college, Andy has big dreams. But who knew being an assistant to the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine could be so hard?

Common Sense Media Rating: 13+

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

Where can you watch it?: Fandango Now, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.


Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Based on the true story of a professor finding an abandoned dog and taking him home. Overtime, they form a heart-warming, unbreakable bond.

Common Sense Media Rating: 10+

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix, Fandango Now, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.


Little Women

Four sisters face life from childhood to adulthood with complicated romances, illnesses and all the rest life gives us. There are several versions, so if you can’t find the recent one from 2019, the 1994 version is good, too.

Common Sense Media Rating: 10+

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Where to watch?: Netflix, Fandango Now, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.


Binge Watch These Series

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This list, like the movies, is based on the survey, from which we chose the top five.

How I Met Your Mother

A father tells his son and daughter about how he met their mother through a comedic journey with his four best friends.

Common Sense Media Rating: 14+

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Apple TV.


F·R·I·E·N·D·S

Episode by episode, the lives of six friends living in Manhattan are followed over the course of ten years. Prepare yourselves for a laugh track and 90’s fashion.

Common Sense Media Rating: 14+

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix.


The Umbrella Academy

A family of adopted superhero siblings reunite after their father’s death in order to save the world. It’s a mix of dark comedy, science fiction, and fantasy.

Common Sense Media Rating: 15+

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.


The Good Place

When do you go to heaven? Or to hell? Four friends and one frenemy go through a hilarious journey to answer these questions.

Common Sense Media Rating: 12+

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Vudu.


Gossip Girl

The blog followed by mostly everyone in New York City, its author,‘Gossip Girl’, talks about the lives of privileged teens on the Upper East side.

Common Sense Media Rating: 15+

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Where can you watch it?: Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.


Read These Books

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Like the movies and series lists, this one is also based on students’ votes on the survey.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

What better time to read all seven novels in the Harry Potter series? Follow the eleven-year-old wizard through his adolescence at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his struggles against the evil Lord Voldemort.

Genres: Fantasy, drama, mystery, thriller.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In each of the twelve districts of Panem, one boy and one girl are chosen to compete in a deadly competition, where only one survives. There are three books in The Hunger Games series, and each of them are page-turners.

Genres: Dystopia, science fiction, adventure.


The Selection by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five girls are dreaming of being selected, becoming the new princess, instead of living the poor lives ahead of them. Yet for one, the prospect is a nightmare. Once you start, you can’t stop reading the books (there are five, so prepare yourselves)!

Genres: Dystopia, fantasy, and young adult fiction.


Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Based on a true story, Alias Grace talks about Grace Marks’ life, who, after being accused of murder together with James McDermott, was sent to a mental institution and later prison.

Genre: Historical fiction.


The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

During the bombings of World War II, four siblings hide away in a huge English house. One day, while playing hide-and-seek, Lucy, the youngest, finds a magical pathway to fairyland Narnia, where the four of them have supernatural adventures. Since Lucy and her siblings go on loads of adventures, you can find there are various books!

Genre: Fantasy.

Get Creative

Draw, paint, sculpt, write poetry, create skits, make music, bake… Use the right side of your brain to do it all, like AISB Art Teacher Jane Tagg, who says that, especially during this time, “It’s important to keep being creative, as it helps us to express our ideas and emotions.” She adds that, “Creativity is a great way for us to express ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, and to acknowledge our own uniqueness. It is important at this time to find your own creative path, in an arts discipline: be it visual arts, music, film, drama, to help stimulate your ideas. Find an activity that you enjoy, that relaxes you and inspires you to develop that passion.”

Need more help? Pinterest, I Creative Ideas, Rapid Fire Art, and Skill Share are some of the many online resources that may help inspire you.


Play Games

You’ve probably already gone through all the card games and board games at your house, but have you thought about creating your own game? AISB P.E. Teacher Andrey Kavun shares that when he was young, he “made a tiny ping pong game on a coffee table.” He also “had an improvised basketball hoop on his door and tried to score from the other side of the room with a tennis ball or ball-shaped pieces of paper.” He suggests we get creative– using pillows, cups, umbrellas, or anything else you have around the house to set up your own personal indoor mini golf course.

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Tell us: What have you been doing while stuck inside? Comment below with your favorite games, series, movies, or books to start a conversation!

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