Resources for parents – managing kids through COVID-19
With schools out due to COVID-19, parents everywhere are scrambling to find ways to keep their kids active and occupied – and safe by practicing social distancing.
And lots of organizations are stepping up to help – from school boards, to museums and children’s television shows.
Learn, create, explore, and stay active – all from home! Here are just a few great resources that are available:
- The Ontario government has the Ontario Online Curriculum, for elementary through secondary, to keep on track with school work. Please check your respective province or state school boards for your local equivalent.
- These organizations also provide downloadable worksheets to maintain a daily learning routine – WeAreTeachers, 123HomeSchool4Me and Google Classroom.
From drawing to brainteasers and art programs – stimulating and expressing creativity, while stuck inside is still possible with the resources below:
- Enjoy a wide array of books read by celebrities from Storyline Online or astronauts in space by Storytime From Space.
- Sesame Street offers online games, art programs and activity books – Sesame Street Healthy Habits.
- Fun online art classes keep children drawing and creative – LunchDoodles with Mo Willems and Drawing with Wendy McNaughton on Instagram Live.
- If your child is more into creative expression through puzzles and brainteasers, Highlight Kids is the place to go, also offering videos, jokes, and games.
Travel and explore – from the comfort of your home
With virtual field trips, the exploration options are endless.
- Webcams take kids all over the world through Discovery Education and the Smithsonian National Zoo.
- While National Geographic Kids offers videos and games teach about animals -.
Keep recess alive! Physical is just as important as mental activity.
- These fun sites offer movement and mindfulness, and yoga and relaxation –GoNoodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga.
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