Hysteria, fear-mongering, mayhem, hoarding, food and supply shortages are things we are all facing right now. This pandemic has ignited some of our worst fears. Not even with natural disaster preparation have we seen grocery shelves so empty, nor shopping carts filled with so much unnecessary knick-knacks, such as the current obsession with toilet paper. Who could have imagined a virus spreading so quickly that it has affected 6 of the world’s continents, with at least 151 countries (as of March 16 according to WHO) reporting cases of Coronavirus infections and many other countries lacking the proper healthcare system to detect or deal with the outbreak. This pandemic is a crucial reminder of how profoundly interconnected our world truly is and how vulnerable humanity is. 2020 is a year that will change us all.
2020. The year we all got a taste of homeschooling.
Lockdown is now a reality for many of us. If not already under quarantine, quarantine is a high probability for the rest of us reading this. For most, this means homeschooling children, or at the very least, supervising the plan that their schools scattered to set in place. 2020 is a year that will change us all, for starters 2020 will be known as the year we all got a taste of homeschooling. But no time to be intimidated or to despair, National Math Bee has your back. National Math Bee has compiled a list of tips and websites that provide interactive educational activities for the little ones meanwhile schools shut down.
National Math Bee Tips and Tricks for parents during the Coronavirus Quarantine.
Lead by example.
The most important thing to remember throughout this mayhem is that our children are watching us. What we say, how we react, and how we feel will transmit to our children. They are watching how we manage our stress and anxiety. At this time, when stress and anxiety are prevalent, let’s use this moment to teach them about strength in adversity. We must be aware of our comments and reactions. Our reactions will have the most significant impact on them throughout this crisis. So, let’s take a deep breath, relax, and make the best of this unordinary situation.
Keep a routine.
The best thing you could do is organize yourself and maintain a sort of structure for you and your children’s day. Make sure to schedule a time for mental breaks and fresh air, if possible. Don’t be so hard-wired to stick to your plan though, if things do not work out on a given day, so be it. If possible, try as much as you can to limit overstimulating devices such as computers, iPad, and video games. It is ok if kids get bored, that is the realm where creativity blossoms.
Keep it fun.
Kids still need to be kids. They need free time to fool around and be silly. Join in on the fun and relieve some of the accumulated stress. Take this time as an opportune moment to reconnect with your loved ones and allow your hearts to bask in the simple joys of life.
You can use this opportune moment to teach your child the necessary life skills. Don’t be afraid to give your child more chores and responsibilities around the house now that s/he is spending more time there. Arm yourself with patience and reinforce their life skills. Here are a few we have in mind: cooking, cleaning, picking up, laundry, taking out the trash, yard work, and other essential chores at home. Kids are capable of anything; we need to have faith in them. Your Modern Family provides an extensive cleaning guide for modern families.
- What better way to explore than to take a trip somewhere, right from the safety of your home? Kids Activities Blog offers an extensive list of sites you can visit virtually with your child. Have fun visiting places you never believed possible. You can visit the great pyramids of Egypt, polar bears from Canada, take an African safari, or visit the Louvre, among many other fantastic options.
- Download the Google Expeditions application to take part in over 800 incredible expeditions. You can “explore historical landmarks, go down to the atomic level, get up close with sharks – even visit outer space!”
- Our friends from Totally the Bomb have gathered a list of famous museums you can visit from the comfort of your couch. Be ready to be immersed in history and art and be as entertained as your children will be.
- How about a home safari via the Cincinnati Zoo. This zoo is hosting daily live excursions of its enclosures via its Facebook page. You can meet Fiona, the 2 year old baby hippopotamus or Sihil the Ocelot, among many other animals.
- Travel and Leisure have compiled a list of museums for the grown-up taste. We are sure you will be thrilled.
Free learning resources
- Hone in on your math skills by participating in the National Math Bee. The National Math Bee’s math game Batter Up is a fun, exciting, and handy tool to help elementary students achieve extraordinary levels of speed and accuracy with their math skills. The online math tournament is for students in first through sixth grade who can compete in any or all of the four basic math categories, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Kids Activities Blog has compiled a massive list of online education companies offering free subscriptions to aid parents and children facing school closings.
- Amazing Educational Resources has amassed a considerable list of learning resources. Please take a look; we know you will not be disappointed.
- Zoom has offered schools free access to host virtual classrooms for free. This platform provides reliable video conferencing making virtual online classrooms a real possibility.
- Kids Activities Blog has compiled of list of handy YouTube channels that focus on education and are fun and entertaining.
- Pinterest Ideas. When in need of inspiration, never doubt Pinterest, the possibilities are endless.
2020 most definitely has been a year that will change us all. Let’s be smart, reasonable, and socially responsible. By supporting each other, we will get through this one day at a time.
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