COVID19 Resources for Kids

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​While children may not be moving from one classroom to the next or to and from lunch and recess, a virtual or at home learning environment can still have many of the supports that a typical classroom or school has. Check in with how children are feeling physically throughout the day and pay attention to sedentary patterns. Make sure they are fueling their bodies with good foods and are balancing their day with physical activity and play.

  • Break up the day with active brain breaks to recharge the body and brain. Get the wiggles out together with an online video or throw on some music and just allow your bodies to move. You can also integrate movement into lessons for active learning opportunities – squats for math, spelling with yoga, etc.

  • Pay attention to children’s posture throughout the day. When you notice slouching, especially when sitting on the floor, encourage children to get some height under their seat. You can do this with folded blankets, a pillow or fitness blocks. Doing so helps to lengthen the spine which can alleviate lower back pain and support healthier posture. Stretching and moving helps children to reset and realign!

  • Schedule “recess” in your day-to-day routine. Take a nature walk for fresh air or kick around a soccer ball and develop new skills. Use this time to break up the day and create a space for more unstructured play. Start a pots and pans band, build a fort with sheets or use a pillow cushion raft to head off on a new adventure.

  • Make sure children are staying on a routine and carve out time for meals and snacks. Use this time to discuss the mind-body connection and get children thinking about the power of food and how it fuels our bodies for the activities we love most. Spend some time exploring food even further by getting kids in the kitchen and cooking together.

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  • Create a virtual challenge to encourage children to practice goal setting individually and alongside their peers. How many minutes of movement? Daily stretching or yoga? 8 glasses of water or rethinking their drink?

  • Use free video conferencing platforms to create space for brain breaks, recess or a 5-minute dance party – any kind of movement with friends! If video conferencing is not available, have families share photos via email and use free online platforms to create a digital album or slideshow.

  • Encourage children and families to stay connected with virtual lunch or snack time. Teachers and school staff – join in with video conferencing and use this time to play get to know you games or to simply check-in.

Information from https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

  • STAY CALM, LISTEN, AND OFFER REASSURANCE

  • MONITOR TELEVISION VIEWING AND SOCIAL MEDIA

  • TAKE TIME TO TALK

  • BE HONEST AND ACCURATE

  • KEEP EXPLANATIONS AGE-APPROPRIATE

  • STAY CONNECTED TO SCHOOL

  • KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

  • MODEL BASIC HYGIENE AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRACTICES

  • BE AWARE OF YOUR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

  1. Preschoolers—thumb sucking, bedwetting, clinging to parents, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, fear of the dark, regression in behavior, and withdrawal.

  2. Elementary school children—irritability, aggressiveness, clinginess, nightmares, school avoidance, poor concentration, and withdrawal from activities and friends.

  3. Adolescents—sleeping and eating disturbances, agitation, increase in conflicts, physical complaints, delinquent behavior, and poor concentration.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

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