Social distancing due to COVID-19 has many Americans staying indoors and getting acquainted with homeschool and telework for the first time. If you are dealing with the COVID-19 blues or just need a little support, here are some social distancing essentials to help get you through.
How to effectively work from Home
Anyone can set up their laptop on their kitchen table and call it a home office, but how you make working from home an effective endeavor takes a little more effort. Here is some guidance from our friends who telework full time
Tips for working at home
- Get Dressed every day – While working in your PJs is part of living the dream, getting dressed gets you going and mentally prepared to work rather than surf the internet or take care of household chores.
- Get moving – Working at home can make you put off all of the survival skills you have mastered to be a working Jedi at the office. Make sure you take regular breaks to stretch and move throughout the day to stay strong in the Force!
- If you can, separate your workspace and your typical living space. Especially if you have a partner or kids or roommate it helps to make a firm line between your work and personal space. Trust us that 30 second commute will still be just as fun and make a difference
- Glam your workspace. We often don’t put as much effort into our own home offices. Channel your inner Hermione Granger or Amy Santiago and have fun with colorful folders pens and labels. A Unicorn Trapper Keeper never hurt either.
- Recognize holidays – without those mandatory fun office folks its up to you to break the monotony. Become your own sunshine committee and have office themed celebrations. Extra points for overly specific ones like Rex Manning Day.
Helpful Articles on Working from Home
- “How Working Parents Can Prepare for Coronavirus Closures”
- How to Actually Work…When You’re Working from Home
- Disabled people have worked remotely for years, and they’ve got advice for you and your bosses | the Washington Post
- When Alaina Lavoie, Boston-based communications manager for We Need Diverse Books, starts her work day, she keeps a strict schedule. She feeds her cats, makes herself breakfast, checks in with her boss from home and then tackles the most time-sensitive tasks first.
- Productivity Advice from Dr. Aisha Ahmad
While many are working from home, some of us are supporting young people out of school . If you have found yourself an unexpected Dean of your Home School, here are some things to do to support educational development while you watch out for Delta House
Curriculum and Learning Websites for Kids
- Scholastic – Lessons and Plans https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lessons-and-ideas/
- Clever – https://clever.com/
- Zearn – https://www.zearn.org/
- Pebblego – https://pebblego.com/
- Raz Kids https://www.raz-kids.com/
- Prodigy – https://www.prodigygame.com/
- Unite for Literacy – https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
- Virtual Museum Tours – https://bit.ly/2Qrd4zE
- Corona Virus Schedule – https://images.app.goo.gl/hRDStzdJw2LQZKQH9
- Art Class with Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- Here’s the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings | Kids Activities Blog
- Home Resources for Parents and Caregivers | National Federation of Families
- Erika’s Lighthouse – Practical tools and resources for teens, educators and parents during these challenging times
- A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy | Brookings
Family Rhythm, Discipline, and Routine
- Resource: Whole Family Rhythms offer free downloadable guides that are designed to help plan, create, and animate a peaceful, balanced, and holistic rhythm at home, flowing between structured, adult-led activities and child-led, imaginative free play.
- YouTube: Sundays With Sarah – ideas for crafts, stories, finger plays, and parent tips for napping, discipline and other topics. Waldorf education.
- Resource: 1-2-3 Magic Blog – positive discipline tips on a variety of topics
- Resource: Love and Logic Blog – Positive parenting and teaching techniques to build healthy relationships with kids.
- YouTube: The Making Foundation – Roanoke-based woodworking shop that specializes in problem solving, empowerment, DIY, and working with kids. Daily #@makethemost videos/challenges for making at home during social distancing.
- YouTube: Easy Kids Crafts: DIY kids craft videos with well-organized playlists for holidays and seasons
- Resource: Taproot Magazine Coloring Book – free printable
- Resource: Mr. Printable – free printable games, crafts, and coloring pages
- Podcast: But Why? Podcast for curious kids – But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. Are unicorns real? How is paper made?
- Podcast: Smash. Boom. Best Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength.
- Podcast: Brains On. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats.
- Podcast: Earth Rangers — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science.
- Podcast: Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.
- Podcast: Stories Podcast: fairy tales, folk tales, Peter Rabbit, original fiction for kids.
- Podcast: Myths and Legends: Stories from around the world. Best for older kids. Warnings are given for disturbing content at the beginning of the show.
- Podcast: “Story Pirates” — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theater company’s magical misadventures.
- Podcast: “Girl Tales” — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.
- Podcast: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. Serial Mystery Story for ages 8-12.
- Podcast: “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” — An hourlong show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.
- Podcast:“The Music Box” — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.
- Podcast: “Ear Snacks” — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.
Many of us will be dealing not just with the effects of coronavirus on our physical health but also how it affects our well being, personal outlook and mental health. Below are some articles to help set your mind at ease and create healthy behaviors
- Here’s how mental health professionals are approaching the anxiety around COVID-19 with their clients.
- How to Deal With Coronavirus If You Have OCD or Anxiety (VICE)
- Coronavirus Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Mental Health (Rolling Stone)
- How to survive coronavirus anxiety: 8 tips from mental health experts (TODAY)
- Managing the Stress and Uncertainty of Coronavirus https://hbr.org/podcast/2020/03/managing-the-stress-and-uncertainty-of-coronavirus
- Legal Assistance for Older Americans & COVID-19
- Plain Language Information on Corona Virus for people with disabilities
- Care for Your Corona Virus Anxiety – Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
- Coronavirus: What it Is and What Can i do | the Arc of Maryland
Mental health Resoures for Kids
- YouTube: Cosmic kids yoga – “Owl and guard dog” anxiety discussion is linked here. Channel has lots of kids yoga videos that link to popular movies or kid friendly themes. Meditation skill building.
- YouTube: Alo Yoga kids playlist. Yoga poses for kids (brave dino, puppy meditation,etc)
- YouTube: Howard Wigglebottom Courage – Gently Animated story of facing fears and having courage. “Its okay to be scared.” Channel has several videos addressing emotions
- YouTube: New Horizon Meditation for kids. Audio only.- several scripts to choose from.
- Book/YouTube: The Rabbit Listened – link to read aloud of book. Animals offer many unhelpful solutions to Taylor’s problem. The rabbit listened. Written by Cori Doerrfeld
- Book/YouTube: Grumpy Monkey – link to read aloud of the book. Monkey wakes up grumpy. “Shoulds” don’t help him feel better. The companionship of a friend helps. Written by Suzanne Lang
- Book/YouTube: My No No NO Day – link to read aloud of the book. Bella is having a hard day. She gets support and a chance for a better day tomorrow. Written by Rebecca Patterson
- Book/YouTube: Quick as a Cricket– link to read aloud of the book. Animals represent many aspects of the same child. “Put them all together and you’ve got me.” Written by Audrey Wood
- Podcast: The Calm Kids Podcast: Stories by kids, for kids to unwind and go to sleep relaxed and happy.
- Podcast :Be calm on Ahway Island is a soothing podcast to teach self-regulation and calm.
- App: Breathe Think Do. Help a Sesame Street monster calm down and solve everyday problems in this interactive game. (Free)
- App: Ninjafocus. Meditation scripts. Yoga poses. Mindfulness activities. Sleep music. Bedtime Stories. (Offering all content free for 90 days due to closed schools)
- App: Children’s Meditations. Meditations for focus, relaxation, and sleep. (6 free scripts with option for in app purchases of additional content)
- Class: Mindful Schools is offering mindfulness classes for kids free for the next few weeks! Join for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds.
- Resource: Printable Lego Figure emotions chart.
Talking to young people abouit COVID-19
- Resource: PSB kids resource list for Coronavirus. – Discussion for parents with links to free PBS video content on proper hand washing and sneeze techniques and rest.
- YouTube: Kids ask coronavirus questions with thoughtful answers. Good resource for kids who would benefit from factual information.
- Podcast: But Why? Podcast for curious kids – Episode “Coronavirus For Kids, And The Science Of Soap”
- Podcast: Brains On. Episodes “Staying home: How social distancing helps fight coronavirus” and “Understanding coronavirus and how germs spread.”
- Teaching handwashing to kids – simple song with instructions on thorough hand washing