With the schools closing due to the Coronavirus outbreak, millions of children are now at home which can create a new crisis for parents.Whether its your own kids, your grandkids or helping out your best friend you are having to find fun activities to keep them busy! Its one thing to entertain them on the weekends, but its another when you have to do it everyday and all day.
The first thing to do is make a plan. Kids are used to have routine and a schedule each day. Take a few moments and sit down and try to plan your week. Take a look at how each day at home will look, then you can plan the activities around it accordingly.
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Take a look at their normal school schedule first
- What time does their day usually start
- When are their break times
- When do they have physical activity
- When is their quiet time(hopefully you can get some work done here)
- When is the best time for school/homework
Now you have mapped out the educational part of the day its time to schedule play.
- Schedule a few times during the day into short 15 to 30 minute time blocks. The more a child plays, the more they learn to play
- Plan 20 minutes each day for reading time. It can be all at once or split into different time blocks
- Parents can read aloud, or the children can.
- Also silent reading time is great.
Plan your screen time
- As much as you want to have the tv as a babysitter, its better to stick to a routine.
- Don’t leave the tv on all day as background noise, instead put on music.
- Plan their tv time into the time segments that work for you and would be a part of your normal routine.
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