Hi everyone! Okay, take a big, long, deep breath. Then take one more. Wew. You got this!
This is a crazy time and anxiety is running rampant. It’s an unspecified but very real symptom of the virus that shall not be named. Normalcy has been back-burnered, most unexpectedly, and for vague durations. That’s a recipe for serious mental angst.
Our family has been keeping to ourselves – call it quarantine, call it social distancing – completely officially since Thursday, March 12. Since then I have been gathering resources to keep my elementary- and middle school-aged kids busy, active, and engaged – and to keep me sane.
After we caught our breath on Thursday from our dramatic exodus from our regularly scheduled lives, I created a daily schedule for them. Routines are really good for kids. Now, when there is so much uncertainty in their lives and days upon days of “free time,” routines matter all the more to quell their anxiety, keep them busy, and to prevent them from interrupting every second of every one of your waking hours. Here is an example of the schedule we made:
I spent this morning organizing all of the great web sources I have collected. As my oxygen mask moment of the day for all of you, I compiled them here to share. I continue to update this list. I am sorting them, loosely, into those for elementary/middle-school ages with a couple near the bottom that might interest teenagers. Basically, we have enormous amounts of free time suddenly so if there is anything in particular you ever wanted to explore more deeply, now is the moment.
Take a deep breath, create a routine, be creative, and stay well.
For Elementary and Middle School Ages:
Tweens and Teens:
You can also write to the elderly who are now quarantined in nursing homes across the country without access to any visitors.
Or plan a trip – even if it’s just a dream! Part of the fun of travel is dreaming about and learning about places you want to go.
And don’t forget all the incredible online resources from our public libraries. I remain in awe that libraries let you have their stuff for FREE. There are journals, newspapers, movies, and, of course, books! Many libraries let you access all of those things – for FREE – right from their websites. So much opportunity! So much to do!
Happy St Patty’s Day! We are making Irish soda bread and doing an all-things-green scavenger hunt today. Just something different.
Be creative, take lots of deep breaths, get some exercise, and be well.