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How to Stay Busy While Social Distancing

If you’re like most parents around the world right now, you are somewhere between losing your mind and trying to figure out what to do with the children all day. Somewhere between trying to show your family how to properly ration the food in the fridge for a few weeks and not eating everything in pantry in a few days. Just remember we didn’t have time to plan for this unexpected leave from school and work so give yourself some grace as we navigate through this coronavirus pandemic.

Luckily most school districts are sending work home or finding a virtual way to teach. This helps get the weekdays back into a schedule. I’ve been waking my kids up at their normal school time, making breakfast and getting dressed the way we would as if we were “going” to school. Repeating their normal schedule has saved me a little stress because it’s what we are all used to. So learn your new normal and ease into it.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Distance learning: Online education classes for every age and grade. This goes along with school and education but there are lots of online resources that are free right now. Here are several free or discounted online learning resources for pre-K-12 students to complete from home to keep up the learning (and to save you from yet another viewing of Frozen 2 on Disney Plus).

  • Scholastic Learn at Home – Scholastic’s free Learn at Home program includes 20 days’ worth of curricula to help students continue learning even when school is closed. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/ learnathome.html
  • Khan Academy – Khan Academy is a free online learning platform that offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard for students to learn subjects including math, science, computer programming, history, art history and economics from home. In light of the recent school closures, Khan Academy released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12 to follow from home. https://www.khanacademy.org
  • Outschool – Outschool is offering free live online classes for students ages 3-18 affected by public school shutdowns, conducted over video chat. The 10,000-plus classes cover topics in English, math, social studies, science, coding, health and wellness, music, art and world languages. https://outschool.com
  • Prodigy Math – Prodigy Math is a free online math platform used by more than 50 million students, teachers and administrators, which reinforces math skills through video game-style play. https://www.prodigygame.com

PLAY & CREATE

…and keep it simple. We don’t know how long this is going to last so we have lots of time for LOTS of activities. I said create because a lot can fall under that umbrella. All sorts of crafting, baking or creating anything in any part of the house(in or out). The possibilities are endless so I’m just going to list some ideas!

  • Make a cardboard fort
  • Set up a treasure hunt
  • Bake together
  • Have an indoor/outdoor picnic
  • Film TikToks
  • Write a letter
  • Make your own play dough / slime
  • Do some spring cleaning or organizing • Play Cards / Board Games / Puzzles
  • Go for a walk
  • Teach your kids chess/ checkers / or any old family game
  • Make a pizza
  • Set up outdoor gym class
  • Do an at-home dance party
  • Make jewelry
  • Try origami
  • Do chores bingo. Squares can include “put away your clothes,” “brush your teeth,” “put the dishes in the sink,” etc.

VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION

Don’t forget about your loved ones. Wether that be family or friends of any age. We live in such a tech world there are MANY way to video message with someone. Contact family member who the kids haven’t seen in afew weeks and set up times for them to call. It’s something to look forward to and you know that we are going to see friendly, familiar faces at six o’clock and share each others day stories.

 

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