The thing we love about children is their exuberance. But when they are forced to stay home or consequences keep them indoors, parents begin to look for outlets for their energy. This article has ideas to engage children, kids or teens. Some of them are easy, breezy and some events require a little more planning or set-up. Whatever your situation, take the time to read through the various types of entertainment and see what you can muster.
We have had to stay indoors with weather emergencies, but now with the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic knocking at our doors we may have to stay put inside our homes longer than we want. How do we amuse the kiddos? Yes, we have electronics, but this isn’t healthy play for a long period of time. What do we do with a generation that is always in “need” of material objects for entertainment?
A virus is typically named for its genetic structure because it is shorthand for the people who work to quickly develop diagnostic tests and subsequent vaccines to prevent, mitigate—tamp down the spread and transmissibility—of a disease. This particular virus, COVID-19, was originally named a “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2), but while related to the original SARS, these two RNA viruses are different; and the first name was thought to cause panic and fear in people, mainly Asians, who were terribly affected in the SARS outbreak of 2003.
Between the times your child is born and as he grows, there is a great deal that you can do to ensure optimum music development. Early music experiences can a raise a child’s musical aptitude and help develop language skills and independence in very young children. Spend quality time with music, singing, listening, making instruments and, creative movement. Here are a few suggestions to help your child learn to enjoy music:
Most kids love to engage in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music lessons, dance, scouts, to name a few. But, could your child be involved too much and monopolizing his or her time? How much time is left for schoolwork? How much time is left for family? Where is the line between taking advantage of these opportunities and being overscheduled? The signs of becoming overscheduled may be subtle. Kids may become agitated, feel anxious or overwhelmed.
It’s fun receiving holiday cards in the mail to keep in touch with family and friends. But why throw these beautiful pieces of art away at the end of the season. A good “green” tip is to keep them from year to year and repurpose the cards with fun crafts that the children can make. Save the Christmas card crafts as memorabilia. When the kids tire of their masterpieces, the crafts can be thrown in the recycle bin.
From the time your child is a baby, he or she is learning about science. From exploring and observing how bath toys sink and float to experiencing weather changes on a walk outdoors, science is everywhere. They may not understand the concepts yet, but scientific learning is taking place As children grow they are naturally curious - every parent knows that kids question everything! Through hands-on, minds-on experiences and using their senses (sight, touch, sound, smell, and even taste), they learn about science.
Whether you are a parent who is homeschooling or a teacher needing a lesson plan for the classroom — family is a good theme. Celebrate this very special relationship by using a variety of activities that focus on “my family”. Take this theme into reading, writing, speaking, music, and art. My Family Quilt There is nothing cozier than a quilt. They feel like home. Begin this lesson by reading The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and discuss the importance of family and what family means to each child.
Playing outside during the summer is healthy and promotes benefits from exercise, however a young child’s body cannot adapt to extreme changes in temperature. Children’s bodies absorb more heat on a hot day. They do not perspire as easily as adults, so they are less able to cool off by sweating. The Three Main Forms of Heat Illness Dehydration is the number one concern during summer activities. It has no age boundaries and can affect anyone from a newborn to age 100.
We are lucky to live in a nation where freedom and justice for all prevails. We as parents/teachers are the ones to teach our children the importance of patriotism. How much does your child know about the United States? When we understand our country’s history and events, we respect each other more and feel like we all belong to America. So put on your patriotic hat and present fun ways to teach children the love of the red, white and blue.