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We’re here for you so that you can be there for them. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most important teacher.
We know parenting is not easy and we’re here to help! Young children are very observant, and you may be struggling to address difficult conversations with them. It is during these times of anxiety when children are most in need of a secure environment and opportunities for one-on-one engagement with a loved one.
Please see below for some of our favorite resources to add to your activities at home.
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Books Help Children Cope with Stress
We all want our children to feel safe and secure. When families are going through stressful times, when they experience a perceived threat of danger, when they are practicing social distancing and must remain in their homes, children look to their parents and caregivers to help them feel loved and protected. Reading aloud to your child is one way to help your family through difficult times.
- You are giving your child undivided attention. When you read aloud, whatever else may be going on in the world, you are concentrating all your attention on your child, on the book, and the story. Your child will understand this and feel reassured.
- You are giving your child physical contact and affection. Take your child on your lap or lean against one another. Make reading time a moment for hugging and cuddling. The combination of your voice and your hug will help your child feel loved and secure.
- You are providing a routine. Read a story at bedtime will help your child feel that the day has a predictable schedule, even in unpredictable times, and give your child something to look forward to.
- You are providing entertainment. Read books that make your child laugh, books that make your child eager to turn the page and find out what happens next.
- You are giving your child a sense of Security. Even when the world is full of scary questions, a young child can find some security in a parent’s voice and a parent’s embrace.
- You are showing your child how much you love them. Reading aloud is a way to show your child, every day, how much you care, and how important it is to you to spend time together. It’s a way to hold your child close and help your child feel loved and protected.
Resources for Learning at Home
Below are some of our favorite resources to add to your activities at home.
- Scholastic has created a free Learn at Home environment with day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html
- Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood have put together a comprehensive list of screen-free activities. https://commercialfreechildhood.org/social-distancing/?fbclid=IwAR3Gydxm7KE9AT0I8UykefodpTtuHymPfd7GRpfREyvb9FxBTR37LE0lIm4
- Talk, Read, and Sing together every day, a resource guide for families from the Department of Education. https://www.ed.gov/early-learning/talk-read-sing
- Open Culture offers 200 free resources for children available for download, including free audio books.http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources
- Many museums have switched on a LIVE web cam offering virtual visitation. Check out the Monterrey Bay Aquarium to see what the fish are up to. https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
- ReadAskChat is a highly curated, beautifully illustrated digital library that provides parents, caregivers, and teachers of children six months to four years with all the guidance they need to lay a strong foundation for reading and love of learning. https://readaskchat.net/