We know you have your child’s best interests at heart always, and now more than ever. As the current situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak evolves, your child may have questions about what’s going on around them. We want to provide you with some resources to help you navigate those important conversations.
Talking With Your Child
It’s important to make sure your child knows that their curiosity is welcome! As your child learns more of what is happening in the world, do your best to keep conversations light and limit your child’s exposure to negativity in the media. Help them understand that as their parent / guardian, you are protecting them and will help them stay healthy by practicing good sanitary habits together.
During a time of some significant change, we encourage your family to provide a sense of normalcy for your child by continuing education at home and completing activities that promote discovery, movement, creativity, and growth!
Supporting Their Learning at Home
We understand that your preschoolers and older children may be spending some time interacting with technology during this time away from school. We acknowledge the use of educational technology at home as a powerful tool and want to help you establish a healthy balance between learning through technology and through hands-on discovery.
For children ages 3-5, limit screen time to 1 hour each day. Do your best to ensure that content is of high quality by co-viewing the material alongside your child and helping them understand what they are seeing and how to apply it to the world around them.
This may be an unusual time for your family, but use it to spend some time together. Encourage your child to enjoy the outdoors by exploring the backyard with a fun treasure hunt. Read your child’s favorite book and then explore some new stories! Reading together is a simple activity that promotes literacy, language development and cognitive skills. Set a goal of reading one new book per day, or working through a series. To further cultivate creativity, have your child act out the storyline of a book they’ve recently discovered, or have them work on a story of their very own and read it with you!
If your child enjoys active play and movement, try some new sensory activities to further engage your child’s mind and body throughout the day. Sensory play can take many forms and helps children relieve some energy while also discovering new things about the world around them.
Unexpected changes in routine can be a challenge, but also present an opportunity for togetherness and learning outside of the classroom. Take advantage of this time to create unique memories with your child and have some fun. Their positive experiences will likely be the ones remembered over the uncertainty in the world around them!