With schools across the nation shutting down for COVID-19 social distancing purposes, parents are left at home, many overwhelmed by keeping up with student’s needs for learning.
First, take a deep breath. There are resources and help out there for you, and I want to share my best tips with you as well.
Whether you have a newborn or a college student moving home, these basic principals apply.
Talk to your kids. Ask them their thoughts and feelings, tell them about your day and your thoughts and feelings. Comment on colors of objects or numbers around you. Have open, fun conversations.
Sing lullabies and I’m A Little Teapot, sing made up songs about washing hands, and throw a little Queen in there. Sing them songs.
Read picture books and chapter books. Read their favorite book and your favorite book. Read them magazines and online articles. It doesn’t matter what you’re reading, it just matters that you READ.
Write small journal entries about their day, write a book, write a sentence. Have them notice everyday life and write about it. Let them see the scientific method be put to use every day in the simple things like getting dressed or choosing a breakfast food, and write it down. Use a pencil, use a pen, use a computer, but all they need to do is put words together to make sentences. Or if they are younger, put pictures together to create a story!
Engage in real, genuine, play. Make pillow forts and cuddle on the couch. Just enjoy your time together and use your imagination.
No need to overcomplicate an already stressful situation. Just take it day by day, do your best, and wash your hands. You’ve got this!