Check out the free Virtual Parenting Workshop led by our very own Meira Ellias! It’s on April 1st, 2020 and is sponsored by Edlavitch DCJCC.
Remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. It’s more important than ever to stay connected and keep in touch!
Have a twice daily “Walk and Talk” (cell phone of course) with a friend for at least 30 minutes.
Enjoy your breakfast or morning coffee over a video chat.
Have a Friday/Saturday night watch party! Netflix Party and other platforms have created the ability to watch a movie together while interacting.
Daily Facetime (or equivalent) with family members and friends.
Get creative with celebrating birthdays/anniversaries/etc. One thing we did was have all of our staff take a picture or video of a birthday message, splice them together, and shared it in a group ‘Happy Birthday.’
Talk to your kids! Be honest, we know what we know, and there’s a lot that we don’t. Stay calm, and answer their questions to the best of your ability. Don’t let the media be their authority. Click Here for a link that has a good visual to help kids understand the concept of and rationale for Social Distancing.
Have a daily check in with your partner. How did the day go? What was surprising in a good way? What challenges did they face? How are they doing?
Choose something you’ve always wanted to learn/do, but have never had the time to dedicate to it, and set aside an hour to work on it. Examples include crochet, guitar, and learning a new language.
- A modifiable and printable daily schedule for kids: https://mommyhood101.com/daily-schedule-for-kids
- A schedule for families: https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Daily-Schedule-for-Families.pdf
- Online meetings for LGBTQ+ youth: https://smyal.org/virtualprograms/
Online Academic Classes/Activities:
- Daily academic activities for kids K-12: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- A collection of online tools for academics for kids of all ages: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sgk9Pq5eCRJFvnjM9PNdei21z5-AQ6l0-bJqFE7n25o/mobilepresent?slide=id.p
- Devoted to teaching kids about science and technology, this website that offers daily activities that can be done at home: http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
- An app to help kids practice reading: https://rivet.area120.com/
- Montgomery County Libraries offers free classes through a platform called Lynda: https://www.mymcmedia.org/lynda-com-now-available-free-montgomery-county-libraries/
- A website with a wide variety of courses in math, science, and computer science: https://brilliant.org/
- An offering of courses in subjects like design, writing, illustration, photography, etc. Currently they are running a special where you can get a 2 month premium membership for free: https://www.skillshare.com/
Online Recreational Activities:
- Montgomery County Libraries offers several apps and some of them allow free “borrowing” of journals, articles, and books so long as someone as a library card: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/about/connect.html
- The Cincinnati Zoo is doing a daily Facebook Live event (at 3PM EST) where they feature an animal. They had their baby hippo, Fiona, for the first episode: http://cincinnatizoo.org/news-releases/cincinnati-zoo-is-bringing-the-zoo-to-you/
- The author and illustrator, Mo Williems, is having daily online doodle sessions through the Kennedy Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
- Live camera footage of animals: https://explore.org/livecams
- Tour the Guggenheim Museum: https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ?hl=en&sv_lng=-73.95902634325634&sv_lat=40.78285751667664&sv_h=30.75703204567916&sv_p=0.06928383072430222&sv_pid=MfnUmHRyOSzMtY3vtYU05g&sv_z=0.9645743015259166
- Tour the National Gallery of Art: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en
- Family friendly activities to do at home: https://www.510families.com/fun-things-to-do-with-kids-at-home/
- Cosmic Kid Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- The YMCA has free online classes: https://ymca360.org/
- Orangetheory is sharing a free 30 minute workout video daily: https://www.orangetheory.com/en-au/member-communication-regarding-coronavirus/
- Peloton is offering its app to new users for free. The app has yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, bodyweight cardio and strength training exercises: https://www.onepeloton.com/
- Free yoga classes: https://www.doyogawithme.com/
- Free guided meditations: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=22&iirf_redirect=1
- A website for working parents that offers guidance, resources, and workshops: http://tendlab.com/
- A template for your action plan as you work from home: https://mcusercontent.com/ce5f549395234febf46aa4ac6/files/4582ca71-b3e7-4ede-815e-e05b31dabdd5/Template_Action_Plan_for_Working_from_Home_When_You_are_Caring_for_Others_1_.01.pdf
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