I am not sure where most of you are located, but I am in Virginia. The Governor has decided it would be best to close all of the schools, in the state, to ensure everyone’s safety and to further follow the guidelines of practicing ‘social distancing’.
Not going to lie, but when I heard the announcement my heart dropped. Not to say that I was not expecting for the Governor’s decisions to be that, but I wasn’t really mentally prepared for it.
Think about it, it’s March and school was to let out in June. Then, there is summer break, which lasts until September. Let’s add all of this up, shall we? That is six months with them out of school! My mind is all over the place, but at the same time I understand why the decision was made.
Little kids are dirty little creatures (and I say this with a smile on my face.) They cough and sneeze without putting their hands over their mouths and washing their hands is occasional to them. When you think about, adults do this too which is sad, but kids are young and they are still learning how to practice safe and healthy habits. Adults, what is your excuse???
So in the mean time, I had to go from “mommy mode” to “teacher mode” and determine which sites and applications would provide enriching material for both kiddos. Considering I have a pre-schooler and a kindergartner, I had my work cut out for me, but I was able to compile a list of sites and apps that provided both on-line and printable activities for the kids and parents.
Apps: (Please know that some of these apps do cost)
- Verbal Me
- Autism DDT Letters
- Autism iHelp
- Sight Words
- Words on Wheels
- ABC Mouse
- PBS Kids
- Highlight Kids
- E-Learning for Kids
- Khan Academy
- Kids Read
- Magic Tree House
- The Magic School Bus
- The Kidz Page
- Cool Math
- Fun Brain
- National Geographic Kids
PARENTS: please use this time to continue where the teachers left off. Even if it is for a 30 minutes a day. You don’t want your child starting school the next school year and they are behind. That not only sets the teacher back, but also the other students. Now is the time for everyone to work together.
I understand that time may be limited for some parents, so do what you can.
Until next time, keep your head up and stay safe!