Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020, Education, Parenting

5 Books that Will Help Your Child Transition Back to In-School Learning

5 Books that Will Help Your Child Transition Back to In-School Learning

If you have school-aged children they have had the longest break from the school building ever and learning for them drastically changed suddenly last spring. I know some school remained in-person, but here in Was. state and other areas schools have yet to open since March.

Kindergarteners as a virtual learner are heading to a classroom soon for the first time ever or as a secondary student trying to keep grades afloat in a change into independent learning before they were ready, going back will be an adjustment.

I found some books to help your child transition back to in-school learning. You will want to start reading now to open the discussion about going back, schedule changes and socializing again on the playground with new classmates. These books are great for older siblings to read to younger siblings so all ages are discussing the changes together.

Change is impossible to avoid because it happens ALL the time! In this book, the author speaks on how to cope with and embrace life’s changes by recounting personal stories and asking kids pointed questions.

One of my FAVORITE children’s book Authors’ write for A Kids Book About. If you have not seen these books I highly recommend all of their titles on many common and new topics for kids. For heading back into the classroom I recommend A Kids Book About Change. Buy on Amazon

An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String?

This book is so fantastic! The Invisible String is most popularly known as a best book for loss and grief, it is a great book to have on hand if an unexpected loss does occur in your family. However, it also is a great read for separation anxiety as it touches on the same need to feel connection when apart no matter how ‘apart’ they are. This is great for the child heading off to school for the very first time. Buy on Amazon.

The story is about Kate, a sporty and happy girl who uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude.

My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength is a great book for so many situations to have on hand. For back to school, your child will be eager to start the new change off with a more positive mindset. When anxieties and worries start it’s time to use that brain power to work through change and new situations. Buy on Amazon.

Children love being able to make all the choices for this Superhero-in-Training and control the outcome of the book, while parents and teachers love the lessons the book teaches!

What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series) brings problems forward. This is a fun read for kids that may have had to be out of structure as they have juggled at-home learning, working parents, siblings home all day. Now your child has to head back to class, sit still, make smart decisions around new kids and Teachers. This book is 7 stories in one and a great conversation book where your child and you can discuss ways Danny’s day should end given his situations he finds himself in. Buy on Amazon.

More and more places are requiring they or the adults around them wear masks, including their schools and pre-schools. This book adds some silliness and laughs around mask wearing to help young children see masks as something funny and not scary.

Many children have not been out and about as much or everyday and going back for many kids will still be while masked. If you have avoided public due to mask wearing anxiety with your child and now they may have to wear one back to school for a bit, this book is a must! Remember to Smile is a silly book that also introduces your child to many heroes and people that have to wear masks in their jobs and other situations making it less scary! Buy on Amazon.

Coronovirus 2020, Education

How to Freshen Up Your Distance Learning Routine This New Year

How to Freshen Up Your Distance Learning Routine This New Year
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The past year has been a whirlwind for students, teachers and parents. As you’ve adjusted, you and your kids likely haven’t made any substantial changes to your distance learning routine. It’s a good time to reevaluate your approach now that you’re more experienced.

Here are six ways to improve your kids’ distance learning routine in preparation for the new school year:

1. Make Fun Snacks and Drinks

Your kids should always aim to take one or two breaks throughout their school days. This time will help them rest so they remain energized and focused. The food and drinks your children consume during their breaks make a difference. That’s why you might want to explore new snack options as a way to jazz things up.

Exploring recipes can help keep your kids’ school days interesting. It’s also an opportunity to help them learn about cooking. Incorporating life skills into their academic lesson plans can be a positive addition.

It’s not always possible to be present in your kids’ daily routines. If you have the time, you should take advantage of this when they’re at home to teach them things they might not learn in school traditionally.

2. Create a Dedicated Workspace

If your kids have been using your living room as a classroom, you may want to explore other possibilities. Children need to have a dedicated space to work throughout the week. An unorganized and noisy area can be detrimental to their learning experiences.

Getting individual desks for their bedrooms is a practical option. You can also outfit a place like your dining room to be more accommodating. Be sure whichever space you pick has comfortable seating, adequate supplies and internet connection. Remove anything that might lead to distractions.

3. Pursue a Passion Project

For older students, it’s smart to encourage them to explore passion projects in addition to schoolwork. Be sure your kids have enough time to pursue their interests. The pandemic has been uniquely challenging for young adults, and any moment dedicated to your kids’ hobbies is beneficial.

A passion project can be anything from a short film about a historical event to a research paper concerning life in space. Encourage your middle- and high-schoolers to pick a subject they particularly enjoy. Make a goal for them to complete their passion project by the end of the semester.

This effort can be especially constructive for juniors and seniors. They probably don’t know what they want to study or do after graduation. Therefore, you should encourage them to explore different topics so they have more of a concrete idea surrounding their futures.

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

4. Try Different Outdoor Activities

Your distance learning routine should include outdoor activities to ensure your kids get enough daily exercise. You’ve likely already left space in their schedules for outside time. However, you can do more than send your children to run around in the backyard.

Here are a few suggestions to make recess more rewarding:

  • Go for a neighborhood bike ride.
  • Visit a playground.
  • Try hiking a nearby trail.
  • Do a scavenger hunt.
  • Play basketball or baseball.
  • Build and fly paper airplanes.
  • Make and blow bubbles.

These activities may take a little more effort than other ideas. It’s still worthwhile to pursue them to make your children’s school days diverse. If you have time, you can plan things in advance. A new game or exercise can teach your kids new lessons while they have fun.

5. Explore Supplemental Exercises

There are seemingly endless ways to supplement your children’s education. If you feel like they could benefit from additional guidance, you should explore different possibilities. There’s only so much your kids’ teachers can do to help during distance learning.

Start by considering how your children learn. This step will help you choose additional resources that make sense for them. For example, your child may be a visual learner who’s struggling with fractions. Find helpful videos on YouTube to guide them through their homework.

As a result, you can ensure your kids make each day as productive as possible.

6. Leave Room for Socialization

The state of the COVID-19 pandemic probably means your children still can’t attend group activities like sports and clubs. They also can’t hang out with their peers like they did previously. This lack of social interaction can be detrimental to kids’ mental health — but your support makes a difference.

Leaving space in your children’s weekly schedules for play dates should help. These can be virtual hangouts where they do homework or play games. If you and your children social distance and wear masks, you can enjoy an outdoor playdate with another family.

Make Distance Learning a Better Experience for Your Children

There’s a good chance that you’re not sure when your kids will be back in their physical classrooms. In the time when you have to do distance learning, it’s smart to make your kids’ experience as beneficial as possible. Use these tips to improve your routine in the new year.

2020 Holidays, Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020

2 Children’s Books about the COVID Holidays to download or purchase

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2 Children's Books about the COVID Holidays to download or purchase

Could you imagine if someone would have told you this time last year that there are books guiding our kids through a Pandemic Holiday? It would have sounded crazy. Here we are making changes to traditions, staying home more, schools in most are4a still not back in session and reading books to get us through a COVID Holidays.

Here are 2 books both available to download now or order.

Remember to Smile by Shannon MCDonals. This is can arrive by Christmas for most Amazon customers as I write this. It is also available as a digital copy right now. It is a silly yet comforting book about describing and illustrating all the different styles of masks, characters that wear them, when you can wear them, and ‘interesting’ ways to use them. I love the fun and colorful illustrations and the ease it brings for wearing a mask. Buy now on Amazon.

Santa in a Snow Globe by A. H. Edelman. This fun book is great as we realize our kids may find St. Nick behind glass in some cases, staying safe and doing his part to keep people safe. This book is a great keepsake for years to come even post-COVID. Download to read now or order t=for your yearly book collection! Available at Amazon and other book stores.

Coronovirus 2020, Healthy Living, Home

Elyptol Natural Cleaning Wipes are a safe and effective way to clean

Elyptol Natural Cleaning Wipes are a safe and effective way to clean

Never has there been a better time for Target to begin carrying such a necessity – Elyptol Natural Cleaning Wipes! In these COVID times a hand sanitizer lingering in the bottom of your purse or car console is not enough germ protection. This year will go down in history books beside other health crisis of the past and we have such great retail access to products that can literally become barriers.

When I clean surfaces I use sanitizing wipes + Sanitizing spray after I wipe down. I double-protect all touch surfaces often in my home. I still work at the school only partially open and my husband is in retail management so we leave the house to come home daily and making sure we clean often is very important.

These Elyptol Natural Cleaning Wipes are made for hard surfaces and are created with only 3 ingredients – Eucalyptol, Natural Ethonol (alcohol) and water. Safe your surfaces, your skin and the environment.

Use these wipes to clean stoves, toilets, countertops, desks, and bathtubs without leaving a streak on surfaces or residue on hands. They are made of soft non-woven cloth and infused with eucalyptus essential oil. Enhanced by the healing properties of eucalyptus oil combined with naturally sourced pure ethanol, Elyptol wipes are safe and gentle for all ages and skin types.

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