As our school systems work through this new normal — parents are finding they need to work with their children to keep their education going, as school continue to lengthen the time that they will be closed.
Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooling parent or this is your first time teaching your kids at home, there are some easy activities you can implement to help keep them learning and cut back on TV time.
Talk With Your Kids About What Is Happening In The World
Talk with your kids about what’s going on with this pandemic, why school is closed, and what they can do to stay healthy.
Remind them that by properly washing their hands, not touching their face (including their eyes, nose and mouth), and covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze, they can help slow the spread of COVID-19.
An Opportunity To Act Like A Kid Again
Remember the feeling of making your very first volcano for a school project? You can share in that same feeling of joy and surprise with your child right at home!
Don’t remember exactly how to do them? No worries! A quick internet or YouTube search will bring up plenty of tutorials for you to follow.
Some great activities to do at home with your kids include:
- Cooking and Baking
- Learn about the Solar System
- Lego Building Challenges
- Painting and Mixing Colors
- Reading Time
- Folding Laundry
- Making Slime (and edible slime)
- Soda Geyser
Whether the activity teaches your child something new in science or a life skill that ignites a passion, you can have fun and help your child learn something new while they’re cooped up indoors.
Encourage Staying Active
While your kiddos might love using all their time to play videogames with their friends, you can use this excitement to get them up and moving.
Encourage them to play games that involve getting up and moving around or using their math or spelling skills. Scavenger hunts can be done both indoors, and outdoors and encourage using their imaginations, and curiosity. Board games are also a way for kids to use critical thinking skills.
You can even encourage your children to join you in a new, at-home workout routine if you’ve started one. You can have them join in on your warmup, then do some jumping jacks with them before finishing your workout.
Go On A Virtual Field Trip
When the museums and zoos are closed, what else is there to do? Great news! A lot of different businesses are stepping up and letting kids get the virtual experience! Does it entirely replace actually being there?….Well, no. But, it does offer some educational materials and will make for interesting dinner conversations.
Check out these virtual field trip options.
Make Room For Rest
While you want to make sure your child is continuing to learn, it’s important to allow them time to relax, too. Make time for self-care and do activities for yourself while your children are reading or taking classes online.
Whether you’re working from home, making meals for your family each day, or still going to work. Taking time for yourself is just as important, now more than ever.