We are thinking of you all during this time. We know it is a time of uncertainty and stress for families. Above all we want you to be safe and stay healthy. If there is any way our department can support, you please do not hesitate to reach out. Below are some tips, free online resources and just some ideas to make this time at home a chance to connect with one another in a positive way.
As parents, our children look to us on how to react. If we stress, they will and if we make it fun, they will remember this when they tell their children about the time the "world shut down." This is history in the making. Try not to stress about the academic piece, do what you can each day and use this time to have fun with your children and make some memories.
Tip #1 Sit down as a family and decide what the new norm will be at your house. Try to make a loose schedule for what your days will look like. Remember outside time is so key right now. Get out and moving (when it's not raining).
Tip #2 Designate an area of the house to be where you do "school". We created a fun "office space" that is a fort where we do our schoolwork at our house.
Tip #3 Free resources from Scholastic books. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Tip #4 Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
Tip #5 Comcast offering Internet Essentials for free for low income families for 60 days. https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offering-internet-essentials-package-free-for-60-months-during-coronavirus-outbreak?fbclid=IwAR3xcThxrftGpGIA-8p27Y-8DZ98qE2CgmWYdA5PAHIpmCpiJmNKWKlN5ko
Tip #6 Here is a spread sheet with tons and tons of free educational websites and resources! http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
Tip #7 Kids websites
https://www.raz-kids.com/ (free membership till June)
https://www.headsprout.com/ (free membership till June) Learning A-Z is also offering free subscriptions until the end of this school year. They have wonderful readers in Spanish for different levels https://bit.ly/2xv2Nvt
Tip #8 Keep those kids moving with fun yoga and activities for indoors!
This company is offering free subscriptions. A great way to get kids moving with the rain https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
Harry Potter Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-BS87NTV5I&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3gbP8XpfieNZWCerql3hA2Qea9dzYuIDOhqlf536KokTg7R5nFbNuMowM
Three Little Pigs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nac95KdNaZ0
MineCraft Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02E1468SdHg
Star Wars Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEPxPkQY6V8
Pokemon Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbCjkPlsaes
Frozen Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlg052EKMtk
Spiderman Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnO-lGEMOXk
Very Hungry Caterpillar Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnuOeG2EpVk
Tip #9 Field Trips such as Mars, San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park etc. Thanks to my sons school counselor for sharing! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR16nr8fY9ehV8inKA95pC_G0yn98SwRaToEUTpjaPdGcUGJbaO_Cv6da8Q
Tip#10 Great brain Pop Video for kids explaining the virus. https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR19obRJ0qxIo5Kzv_6gjN7tiydGbeOtMeXrQ5t1pZHk5R2QiG69alBUWpY
Tip #11Vew live Operas from the Met More info in this link
Tip #12 Italian Museums on line tours
Tip #13 Practice Mindfulness together!
Tip #14 150 + Educational shows on Netflix!
Tip #15 U-Haul will store the college kid’s items for 30 days for free while you figure out where to put everything! https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/us/uhaul-college-students-coronavirus-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2WUWSx7tLsNPRDlWa4kauIwQyIPQe4HMkOtNFIt_M1MLUaUUyR3_1uSa0
Here are some ways to talk to your child about the virus and what is going on globally
How to deal with the stress
National Association of School Psychologists: How to talk to your child about the virus https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf
If you child is anxious about all this, which is normal maybe have them do this packet. It is free to sign up for an account, anyone can get it. This one is free.