Most of us are working from home. Something that we always thought was a cool idea but now want it to end already. For those of us who have kids, with the schools also shut, it is going to be difficult. Really Difficult.
We are worried about their future, they are missing important school time. After all, this is their time to learn and study and play and we are taking it away from them.
To combat this and to keep their learning an ongoing feature, we’ve collated a list of resources that you can use. These resources range from online learning classes to YouTube channels for kids that will not only keep them engaged but also have a learning experience attached with them.
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
Pretend to travel the world.. Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here! https://allinonehomeschool.com/
List of thinking games by grade:
Some other learning websites that you can use:
Now, these are resources that you can use to keep your kids engaged. But how do you still handle all of it together? Here are a few ways you can do this:
“Kids need a schedule.”
Kids are more cooperative with a schedule if they help create it. So sit down with some paper and markers and set time for school work, quiet play, outside time and maybe even texting their friends. You can assign them tasks and reward them with more screen time or more TV time. Please include creative time too in their schedule.
For yourself, The more hours you can squeeze into non-kid time, the easier this will be for you all.
Set up an office for yourself, off-limits, where mom and dad can work and it’s off-limits for kids. A door would be nice, but half a dining room table could work too. Even a closet door that blocks your view of the rest of the house could be helpful.
Give your kids their own school work space, nearby if they need some help and encouragement from you. That way, you can leave it set up for the next few weeks.
Use a signal, so that your kids know not to bother you.
Use screen time for education
Some schools are using online classes. Apart from that, above we’ve listed some amazing resources which your kids (and you) can use.
If you’re setting kids up for independent learning offline, spend 10-15 minutes explaining the assignment and what they expect. Otherwise, you’re going to get “Mom, mom, mom," in the middle of your conference call.
This is very important. Even if it is for just 20 minutes. While doctors advise avoiding indoor playdates, outside bike riding is great. So is playing on your backyard swing set or taking the dog for a walk. Maybe you can do it while you’re taking that conference call, if you don’t have to present or take notes.
You can do this until a total lockdown is ordered.
If they’re home, they’re making a mess. And you won’t have time to clean up after them. So have your kids wipe the counters, sweep the floor and unload the dishwasher. Maybe they can even finally clear the junk out of their bedrooms or yard work. They’ll have time for a deep spring clean.
Spend some time with them to collect ideas for things they can do in the house. things like build a tower of blocks as tall as you can. Make them write activities down on slips of paper and put them in a fish bowl on the edge of your desk. You can also add about 10 chore slips, so the bowl isn’t overly tempting.
Then, if kids are bored, they could pick out a slip. They have to do what it says.
“Kids look at you like a cruise ship director. They come to you and say, I’m bored," “It’s a good way to remind your kids how much they have, how much there really is to do around the house.”
Not like how we were rewarded. Get 90% and you’ll get a bike. But smaller, everyday rewards. Positive reinforcement. If your kids get themselves dressed and their teeth brushed and their clean up their breakfast dishes themselves, give them something they like.
Without after-school sports or social events, we’re going to have lots of time to bond as a family. We might as well make the best of it.
Remember, you've fought tougher battles. This too shall pass.