News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
Below are some helpful articles that may provide helpful guidelines to supporting students who may feel anxious about all of the changes and uncertainties happening in our world right now.
- If you receive learning activities, enrichment ideas, or required work from school, create a schedule and learning space with your child so you have a daily routine to complete lessons and share learning experiences.
- If you don’t receive learning activities from school, create a schedule with your child that includes time for things they need to work on and things they are curious about exploring deeply.
- Keep it simple, fun and provide opportunities for lots of movement and brain breaks.
Daily Schedule Suggestions
Those of you experimenting with social distance and self-quarantine over the weekend are probably already feeling the effects of being cooped up inside too long with the kids. I found this resource incredibly helpful as a guide to help set routines for your child.
If you leave it up to your kids, they will sit staring at a device, gaming online and stream Netflix all day long. While that *should* help prevent contraction of COVID-19, it's also not an ideal plan especially if we start looking long term like our neighbors to the East, West and North already have shutting down schools for the month.