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.
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids. See it here!
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!