Parents are suddenly faced with the challenge of keeping their children occupied at home. Here are a few ideas to help keep your schedule and your children busy.
Learn at home
Scholastic published an online resource that offers day-to-day projects to keep children reading, thinking and growing during the self-quarantine. “Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys,” the program’s website reads. “Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!”
Create a schedule
The Khan Academy created a template for a schedule parents can use to help their children stay focused and learn at the same time. The schedule begins with breakfast and getting ready (much like a traditional day) and then jumping into online learning. Work in some recess and reading time before taking a break and allowing for a snack. Give your child some writing practice, lunch and then some time with the family before sending them off to bed.
Encourage a routine
Creating a routine for your child is one of the best things you can do during a self-quarantine, according to Time magazine. One idea is to create a screen time routine. Create a set time every day where children can use their screens then they don’t become too focused on it.
According to Time magazine: “Follow through when the scheduled time for screens is over, and don’t leave TV on as background noise. If the house feels too quiet, turn on some music instead. Outside of the scheduled time block, only use screens when you (the parent) chooses it because you need it. Save screens for big moments, like when you have a conference call or dinner prep isn’t going well.”
Work on puzzles
Puzzles require brain power and critical thinking to put the pieces together. Buying a large puzzle to put together as a family over the coming weeks could be a good way to bond during the quarantine, according to Reviewed.com.
Bring in the art supplies
Painting? Drawing? Coloring? Art supplies will help children and parents work together for fun. Art work requires focus and concentration, too. While your child is out of school, this will certainly help them stay energized and educated, according to Reviewed.com.