When states across the nation closed schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic, all the school year routines families cherished and used to help them schedule their daily lives changed. Suddenly, all families with school-aged children became homeschooling families. Sports and extra-curricular activities that brought friends together were postponed. Even the simple joy of going out to eat, to the movies, or to church have been impacted.
As they always have, PBS KIDS for Parents offers support to parents and caregivers so their families can stick to some playtime and schooltime schedules. Here are techniques PBS KIDS for Parents shares for creating and maintaining routines while children are learning and playing at home:
- Break up Learning Subjects – During the school hours, build specific time for special subjects like reading, art, and music. You can bring music to life with Pinkalicious’ special dance, The Jonah Jump.
- Make a Schedule – Engage your child when making their schedule. You can use this Weekly Planner Chart so every family member can pitch in.
- Come Together – Seize the opportunity to do new things. Whether it be a family lunch or a nightly walk around the block, try new activities at times when school and work traditionally keep you apart.
- Wind down – Use this Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood bedtime game to help remind little ones of the importance of winding down at the end of the day.
For additional ideas and resources, please visit at PBS KIDS for Parents.