A week has past since I received the call and multiple emails that my children’s schools would be closed. But well before that, the signs were pretty obvious. Two weeks prior the first sign, was tissue being depleted from Costco. Being a savvy shopper as I was, I simply went to another smaller store down the street and saw the supply hadn’t been bought out yet-but it was low. At that moment I knew things would be different going forward.
I was with my 3yr old son and would text my husband and mother (who lives in another part of the city) photos of the empty shelves and witnessing a lot of road rage. It’s hard to believe just a week before, everyone was laughing, having fun, visiting stores – we didn’t even give it second thought – that we would all soon be on lock-down. And as I write this blog we don’t even know how long that will last.
To try and make better of the situation for the kids. I had to get into creative-teacher mode right away. While the google classroom and online documents the schools are sending are great, it can never replace interaction with classmates and social learning.
Here are some creative things I’ve done to teach and keeps my kids active. (A small note: I was a stay-at-home mom and working from home for a while. This was after working 10 years in corporate America):
Outside Play: It’s vital to get some fresh air. Being in Michigan right now, the days are cooler. But we put our snowsuits on and are able to stay outside longer. (Parks, libraries, and malls are now closed).
Crafts: As an artist, I try to keep the kids engaged in some sort of art or crafst. Wikki stix takes our imagination to a far away place and it’s quite relaxing. My son, who is on the spectrum, enjoy these as simulators.
Online and Social: Along with the various online learning tools the school provided, we found some really fun games. So far it looks like www.abcya.com (Fuzz Bugs) is her favorite right now, along with Facebook’s Messenger for kids.
To conclude, we’re all helping each other either online or by phone to get through this rough period in history – trying to survive the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Be blessed and stay healthy everyone, We will make it through! ❤
Credits: Top image PoraPak Apiachodilok