10 Fun Activities to Do with Kids In Between Online Classes
With the closure of schools also came the closure of playgrounds and other places where our kids could go and enjoy themselves. However, being at home doesn’t have to be ‘boring.’ Below I list 10 fun activities that don’t take up too much time and can be done with your children when they have free time after their online classes. Not only will these slow down the inevitable “mom I’m bored,” but the time spent together doing these activities may also help develop your relationship with your child. Watch educational videos together Who says learning has to stop once the online classes stop? Keeping your child engaged through other forms of education such as watching interesting videos will help keep them in the learning mindset. Play games together Bringing out the board games and the cards and sitting down as a family to play these games keeps the excitement. It also gives your child something to look forward to after their online classes. If your child played sport in school, this could be a great way to let them bring out their competitive side. Get crafty Letting your child be creative through drawing and art allows them to express themselves and fosters mental growth. Giving your child this opportunity allows them to try out new ideas and new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Exercise together Find fun ways of staying active with your child, such as dancing or yoga classes. Studies have shown that kids who are physically fit are more able to handle physical and emotional challenges. It can also give them a feeling of accomplishment so they’re more ready to learn. Allow them to cook with you Teaching your child valuable life lessons such as cooking can help them prepare for their future. It can be something as simple as weighing out the ingredients, so that they can have fun in the kitchen while still staying safe away from knives and heat. Have an indoor picnic You can take the food you made together and have a picnic in your house as a little change from the regular dining table meals. Doing this also teaches your child the reward of enjoying the meal you cooked, and how the hard work is worth it. Practice a new skill Learning something other than what your child is being taught in online school keeps them well-rounded. Helping them learn something new like juggling or origami also gives them something to show off to their friends once physical school starts up again. Let them present their learnings Allow them to get creative with what they’ve learned. Encourage them to make their own interesting presentations about what they learned in their online classes. Showing that you care about their learning motivates them to pay attention to new information. Introduce them to chores What better way to teach your child the importance of chores and how to do them than when you’re stuck at home? It can be as simple as encouraging them to tidy up after themselves, so they learn a sense of responsibility. Let them rest Finally, let your child rest so they have time to recover from their online classes and they feel more energized for activities later in the day.
October 5, 2020READ MORE
How to Create a Productive Learning Space at Home
One of the main struggles of homeschooling parents today is figuring out how to effectively engage their children in their studies. Parents who have been to their child’s classroom know the value of a colorful and visually pleasing educational space. It’s important to replicate this at home to help develop your child’s creativity. This can also help maintain your child’s focus and help him stay motivated to learn. Here’s how: 1. Separate the learning space. You don’t need a big room to create an effective learning space for your child. A simple table in the corner of the room will work just fine. The key is consistency. Ensure that your child only uses this space for learning so that they can stay focused when completing their tasks. 2. Learn what works for them. Parents understand the pressure of creating the “perfect” learning space. However, what’s more important is creating it specific to your child’s needs. This way, he will be more willing to do his tasks. For example, place images or colors that your child likes around the area. Also, if your child prefers to work in a quiet space, make sure that he is far from any noises. 3. Lessen distractions. As a parent, I’ve learned that less is more. Too many toys scattered around the room may distract your child from focusing on his studies. With at-home learning spaces, it is best to keep the room as organized as possible. 4. Make it comfortable. Like adults, children will work better when they feel better. Therefore, make sure that your child is comfortable by playing quiet music or giving them a soft pillow while studying. 5. Provide visuals. Our brains are naturally stimulated by visuals. This said, put creative and inspiring images such a maps or animal posters around your child’s learning space. Doing so can help him focus on educational topics that may be useful to him. While it’s important to spark your child’s interest, remember not to overdo it by putting too much information around him. You know your child’s needs better than anyone, so remember to approach learning at home with a positive attitude. We can do this. Good luck!
September 4, 2020READ MORE
Practical Parenting Advice from WHO during the COVID19 pandemic
During this lockdown period, parents need to be able to interact constructively with their kids. So, to help you out, here are some tips that cover on planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior managing stress and talking about COVID-19. First, you can use this time to be able to spend more time with your kids and ask them what they want to do. By allowing them to choose, you are able to help them build up their self-confidence. You can spend at least 20 minutes with them or longer and choose to do it the same time everyday so that your children have something to look forward to. Second, practice positivity inside the home. Sometimes it can be a struggle to be positive when your kids drive you crazy, but it’s more likely that they will do what you ask them to do if you speak in a calm voice and use postive words like “please.” Of course, this also means praising them when they are able to behave well. Not only will this reassure them that you notice and care, but it’s likely that they will do that good thing again. Third, keep things under wraps by creating a daily routine. Make a schedule for yourself and your kids that has time for structured activities and free time. You can even ask your kids to help you out – they’ll follow the routine better since they helped make it. You can also include teaching your kids about keeping safe distances and proper hygiene. Fourth, it’s normal for children to misbehave. The best thing to do is to catch bad behaviour early and redirect their attention from bad to good behaviour. It’s also important to take time to breath and calm yourself when things start to get out of control, as this will help you respond in a calmer way. Fifth, keep calm and don’t stress. The problem we’re facing is causing a lot of fear, not just for you but for millions of others as well. Take time off social media that makes you feel panicked and talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Your kids might also have something to say about how they’re feeling, so be open and listen to them as they look to you for support and reassurance. And of course, don’t forget to take a break from time to time. It’s perfectly okay for you to do something fun and relaxing – something YOU like to do. And last, talk. Be willing to talk about COVID-19 because for sure you’re kids have already heard something about it. They might be scared or confused, so allow them to talk freely and be open to answer any questions they might have about it. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. You can say “We don’t know, but we think ” and use it as an opportunity to learn with your kids. And most importantly, explain that COVID-19 has nothing to do with how someone looks, where they are from or what language they speak. Teach them to be compassionate to those who are sick as well as those who are caring for them.
April 1, 2020READ MORE
7 ways to keep kids safe from coronavirus disease
As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases rises, parents need to make sure that their children are protected. Although young kids are at a lower risk, it’s better to be safe. The severity of the situation must not be taken lightly especially because it can affect all members of the family. Here are some tips to make sure that your children are safe: Do not bring children with you outside. It is better to keep kids at home – far from potential carriers. Plan a set of indoor activities to keep your kids busy and productive. Help them explore a new hobby in art, teach them to play an instrument, or print downloadable worksheets for them to accomplish. Teach proper handwashing. Washing hands with soap and water is one of the key steps in preventing the spread of any virus. Choose a trusted hand soap and teach kids to wash hands following these steps: Wash hands with clean, running water. Soap up hands by rubbing them together to form a lather. Remember to reach the back of the hand, between fingers, and under the nails. Scrub your child’s hands for around 20 seconds. You can sing your child’s favorite nursery rhyme as a timer. Make sure to rinse well with clean and running water. Dry your child’s hands with a clean towel. Avoid using a basin to wash hands as the water can get contaminated. Tell them to stop touching their faces. Even with clean hands, it’s better to avoid touching your face. Remember – keep your hands off of M.E.N. (Mouth, Eyes, Nose). Prepare healthy pantry food – With all the quarantine and social distancing measures being put up, eating out or going to the grocery store frequently may not be a good idea. Reasonably stock up on food with long shelf lives while at the same time making sure that kids will get balanced diets from meals. You can get creative with oatmeal and various fruits, Greek yoghurt, or cocoa. How about making a sardine or tuna pasta? Or try out healthy snack options like nuts, popcorn, raisins or even carrot sticks with tasty dip. Take extra care for kids with asthma. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that kids and adults with asthma have a greater risk of developing more severe diseases with the coronavirus outbreak. If you or your kids have controller medications and do not stop them. Be wary that seasonal versions of coronaviruses can cause asthma exacerbations. Prepare a quarantine area. If members of the family begin developing symptoms of COVID, calmly ask them to transfer to a room. Don’t forget to properly wash their utensils and beddings. Explain the situation without causing fear. Sometimes, fear and panic can do more harm than actually contracting coronavirus disease. Parents need to talk about the situation and explain the importance of the steps to be taken to prevent it. This helps to make sure that kids remember to do all the precautions even without being reminded.
March 26, 2020READ MORE
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