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/
- Grounded App (Quit or moderate your marijuana usage): http://grounded420.com/
- 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/
- Montgomery County Libraries offers free classes through a platform called Lynda: https://www.mymcmedia.org/lynda-com-now-available-free-montgomery-county-libraries/
- Rivet is an app to help kids practice reading: https://rivet.area120.com/
- Online tool kit of activities for K – 12: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sgk9Pq5eCRJFvnjM9PNdei21z5-AQ6l0-bJqFE7n25o/mobilepresent?slide=id.p
- Scholastic offers daily academic activities for kids K-12: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- Free online classes/tutorials: https://www.khanacademy.org/utm_content=122094274&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&hss_channel=fbp-120829805413
- Educational activities in core subjects: https://www.brainpop.com/
- Educational activities in core subjects: https://jr.brainpop.com/
- Brilliant is a website with a wide variety of courses in math, science, and computer science: https://brilliant.org/
- 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/
- Really great science inquiry and projects you can do at home: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
- Resources for offline science activities: https://thesciencepenguin.com/2020/03/8-elementary-science-activities-for-educators-and-families.html?fbclid=IwAR0ez6ShJyZktELLGgvpBRzY3vZ1ZLI1vQtHvK259Gynp9NzGkxGenTDMBU
- Online or in app math learning. Starts at your child’s level and gets harder as they master skills. Free for 90 days if you sign up before April 30th: https://www.dreambox.com/at-home?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=og&utm_campaign=covid
- Animated videos that explain science concepts for each grade: https://www.makemegenius.com/
- Math lessons and games from pre-algebra through pre-calc: https://www.coolmath.com/
Online Recreational Activities:
- Tales of a Traveling teacher is a help for parents to keep toddlers/preschool-aged children entertained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzu_kndjx9Y
- PBS Kids offers Educational games and a daily newsletter with ideas for daily activities offline: https://pbskids.org/
- 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
- Seussville offers games and videos of Dr. Seuss stories: https://www.seussville.com/explore/
- Audible is offering free streaming of many audiobooks including titles across six different languages: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
- Read-alouds for elementary school-aged kids and virtual author activities for middle school-aged and high school-aged kids: https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/?fbclid=IwAR3FmKYZFggyD1FeB52LFTqZM7EE1A6ZHpTzdyLI7c53_aTIFy46ZWR_7Mc#.XnNKHHW8FPE.facebook
- Full list of authors who are reading online, some recorded and some live: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1MrM7Ypu3uoEEwbyLQ6sxkx8d-sePrP2J64WQrb6dNfI/preview?fbclid=IwAR0oi4LhuzeAkhRQfBMUzcooglMDwLncb0f8nYoYtMxBWipQZtwK4G4pjKs
- Read-aloud stories: https://www.storylineonline.net/
- Mo Willems, the author and illustrator, is having daily online doodle sessions through the Kennedy Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
- Open Culture offers free coloring books from museums and libraries letting you color artwork from their collections: http://www.openculture.com/2017/02/free-coloring-books-from-world-class-libraries-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR35g0k_9zBVnFDC-1BQpSWsBV467JQb4X-6IpHLmHv3TdM_osTzgcwC6zw
- NGAkids Art Zone offers online art activities and also has an app for iPads with additional art activities: https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
- Guided drawing activities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGM_VhNXMmo&feature=youtu.be
- Free coloring page versions of five popular social justice posters by Ricardo Levins Morales: https://www.rlmartstudio.com/product/coloring-pages-5-popular-posters-free-pdf-downloads/?fbclid=IwAR0XrmH2T3YtMpPzbSHxJPcK7NwT6TqgUEq090a-6reKPAZAZyerbpKVIaw3. Museum tours and virtual exhibits, including Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, and more https://artsandculture.google.com/
- Virtual Field Trips: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/previewfbclid=IwAR0kOUzWzxGFkxLmQmWZQtYTJorfdgkAaFL_npe5FNC2qukUxIWPDq0pYQ4&pru=AAABcRLSVbY*8F36bTZQPMx4P8waeqxTcQ
- Guggenheim: https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQhl=en&sv_lng=-73.95902634325634&sv_lat=40.78285751667664&sv_h=30.75703204567916&sv_p=0.06928383072430222&sv_pid=MfnUmHRyOSzMtY3vtYU05g&sv_z=0.9645743015259166
- National Gallery of Art: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en
- All About Birds sends weekly emails with science/nature activities for each age group. Resources for identifying birds you see in the backyard, lessons on birdwatching, etc: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-to-make-these-next-few-weeks-a-little-easier-courtesy-of-birds/?fbclid=IwAR0Yq-Wmjh1-LC24mBeThrHglVf72frGCXPDT_BBQUbq4Iv25aUer2TvprQ
- 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/
- Live camera footage of animals: https://explore.org/livecams
- 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
- Preschool Inspiration offers yoga videos for kids: https://preschoolinspirations.com/kid-yoga-videos/?fbclid=IwAR02zoqVT2VL8y3-bLDNGlpSlxo5caFf3obEM4zeejB_cUyPj9icLvcNIKA
- Fluency and Fitness offers a 21 day free subscription available Awesome math & literacy activities intermixed with fitness tasks: https://fluencyandfitness.com/
- Yoga with Adriene offers free yoga classes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFKE7WVJfvaHW5q283SxchA
- 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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