COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families Safety is the brain’s most basic need, followed closely by connection. When we feel unsafe or disconnected, our brains downshift from the higher centers responsible for learning and problem solving, to the lower reactionary centers. That’s why all those challenging behaviors are popping up, and why a minor frustration is now Titanic in size. We can help children (and ourselves) by creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.
Get Daily Advice About COVID-19 Sign up to receive daily tips in your inbox about how to support kids during the COVID-19 crisis from Child Mind Institute. Our clinicians will share advice about structuring the day when kids are stuck at home, managing behavior, balancing work and child care, practicing mindfulness, and much more.
National PTA has joined several other education groups in calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to temporarily allow schools to utilize E-Rate program funding to provide Wi-Fi hotspots or devices with Wi-Fi capability to students who lack internet access at home. This action would help ensure that all students can remotely continue their education during the current public health emergency. The coronavirus pandemic is shining a bright light on the so-called “homework gap” experienced by 12 million students in this country. The gap refers to those students who do not have internet access at home and are unable to complete their homework—at a time when over 70% of educators assign schoolwork that requires the internet.
Routines During “The For Now Normal” Daily routines have changed for many families because of steps taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your children are likely staying home instead of going to school or daycare, and it can be easy (and understandable) for everyone to feel overwhelmed. Taking things one day at a time is okay.
Sample Schedules for Kids Home from School Parents share their routines for keeping kids learning and engaged.
Learning Routines for Children Learning routines offer structure and safety for children, increasing focus, engagement and learning potential. See it here from our friends at Conscious Discipline.
The Power of Routines Routines help babies and toddlers learn self-control. Learn more.
Schools Closed? How to Make a New Home Routine Here are some suggestions of how to make a new routine for your weekdays. (I recommend keeping weekends looser, just like we do in other times.)
Making Time for Play Playtime is always important for children—and grown-ups!—and even more so in times of change and disrupted routines. Movement, laughter, and creativity help reduce stress and strengthen bonds within the entire family. Play keeps morale up, and it can create happy memories during otherwise stressful times. Getting down on the floor and being in the moment with children away from media and phones for even five minutes can be a much-needed “reboot” for everyone.
FreePlayIT This blog contains activities featured in our playgroup, as well as ways to inspire your children's continuing play, with you and independently, in your own home.
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23 Toddler Activities (Without Screens) Whether you have an 18 month old, a 2 year old, or a preschool age child, there are so many fun activities to discover on this list of toddler activities!
Educational Apps That Don't Need Wi-Fi or Data Having internet access shouldn't be a requirement for kids to use great learning apps. Even if you don't have broadband access at home or you're worried about data limits on the go, these excellent educational tools are always ready when you are. From coding games to apps that encourage creative thinking, everything on this list provides high learning potential. Plus, they're so much fun that kids might not even realize they're learning. For more fun apps that are great for offline use, try one of these Fun Apps That Don't Need Wi-Fi or Data.
Cultivating Readers This parent-friendly magazine provides effective and easy strategies to promote reading throughout a child's early years. The magazine is available in English and Spanish and includes a monthly calendar of activities to do with your child.
Cultivating Readers (PDF) Available in both English and Spanish, the Cultivating Readers Family Guide provides tips to grow reading skills from birth to age eight. The guide will help parents keep their shared learning activities with their children fun and part of their everyday routine. Children will learn without even realizing it! (Also available in Spanish)
Cultivating Readers Booklist (PDF) Find suggested fiction and nonfiction reading for grades K – 5. This 22-page booklet features more than 200 recommended books covering 20 popular subjects for children, such as crafts and hobbies, health, realistic fiction, fables, humor, and more.
Cultivating Readers Bookmark (PDF) This bookmark offers ideas for parents on how to make the most of the time they spend reading with their child. It also features a question-and-answer guide to help children develop oral language skills and build vocabulary.
Scholastic Learn at Home This free resource includes days of projects for children in grade bands of PK-K, 1-2, 3-5 and 6+.
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers free courses for kids in subjects such as math, science and history.
Quality learning at home We know it can be hard to sort through the many lists of possible resources to use with students at home—and to figure out which ones will truly advance learning during this unusual time. To help educators and families, we’ve pulled from our top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high-quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.
Fun and Free Educational Websites for Kids Your children can learn something new today in a safe online environment. These 17 free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and so much more.
20 Education Companies Offering FREE K-6 Subscriptions Due To School Closings If your school hasn’t provided a lot of direction, check out this list of educational companies sharing free subscriptions during school outages.Here are 20 FREE tools geared toward middle and high school students that will help you maintain your kids’ education in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Branch Libraries may be closed but our staff has been getting creative with some how-to-videos highlighting our Digital Collection! Topics so far include:
How To Get A DML eCard - Get connected to our online resources including ebooks, audio books, Hoopla, Kanopy, databases and more with a DML eCard.
Using OverDrive - Use our most popular free digital tools for reading eBooks and listening to eAudiobooks.
LawDepot.com - Get started updating important legal documents including a living will, loan agreement and power of attorney.
HelpNow Homework Help Free Online Tutoring + more Do your children and students need homework help now? You got it!
HelpNow offers FREE live, online tutoring (Mon.to Fri., 2 - 11pm), writing experts, flash cards, language lab, skill building, online study groups, collaboration, and practice tests. Especially helpful for students in middle and high school grades.
More Resources from Dayton Metro Library Increased Online Lending Limits, New Resources and Home Access
Hoopla - DML has increased Hoopla downloads to 20 per patron card. Enjoy!
Kanopy Kids - Free, unlimited access to Kanopy Kids began on March 16. Kids can enjoy quality educational content like Sesame Street, Arthur and even benefit from a language learning series! Free access is available for 30 days. Parental Controls are also available for this service. Learn more here.
TumbleBooks - Free, unlimited access is now available to online to Animated eBooks, eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids, teens. and now adults. Enjoy online instant access, free of holds and limits through August. Our TumbleBooks Collections now include: