Resources for Children
With all the news about COVID-19 – the coronavirus – it can be hard to know what to say to children and it can be difficult to know how to ease their concerns. Mister Rogers once said, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”
To help you ease your child’s anxieties and help them learn to handle scary situations, we have compiled these resources from PBS Kids and the Meet the Helpers project:
PBS Kids Resources
Arkansas PBS, in partnership with Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), is working to keep students learning from home in response to COVID-19 with “Arkansas AMI” (AMI= Alternative Methods of Instruction).
Arkansas PBS will broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 8th grade students in response to mandatory school closures due to the new coronavirus. Utilizing the power of television, broadcast content will be specifically targeted to children enrolled in pre-K through the 8th grade.
Content will align with current state and federal standards so that programming is flexible enough to serve as both supplemental and fundamental, based on timing and need. All lesson plans are being developed by DESE. Educators and parents will have access to bilingual lesson plans and curriculum materials tailored to the PBS content to facilitate meaningful use of the content and learning.
Five of the Arkansas Teachers of the Year will be hosting a segment of each AMI day via video. Arkansas PBS is working with these teachers to record instruction remotely throughout the state. Click Here for more information.
Help ease your kid’s worries about the virus by reading this article from PBS Kids and following their helpful tips: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus.
This Curious George video can help your child understand what germs are and teach them how to protect themselves from them: https://pbskids.org/video/curious-george/2339263578.
Sesame Street has a printable worksheet that can teach your child how to wash their hands properly – with a little help from Elmo: https://www.pbs.org/parents/printables/step-by-step-handwashing-with-elmo.
Meet the Helpers Resources
Doctor Carr’s job is to help you feel better when you are not feeling well or are sick. Learn more about what steps kids can take to help you be healthy: https://thinktv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/meet-the-helpers-doctors-helpers-in-depth/meet-the-helpers-doctors-helpers-in-depth/
Meet Josh, who is a paramedic. Find out how paramedics like Josh can help treat people who are having a medical emergency: https://thinktv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/meet-the-helpers-paramedics-helpers-in-depth/meet-the-helpers-paramedics-helpers-in-depth/
911 operators coordinate with doctors and paramedics to help you get the care you need! Find out what tools Renee, a 911 operator, uses in order to get you the help you need in times of emergency: https://thinktv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/meet-the-helpers-911-operators-helpers-in-depth/meet-the-helpers-911-operators-helpers-in-depth/For more information on this virus and preventative measures you can take, visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Educational Resources to Use While Kids are Home
With schools in Arkansas closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDPB has created this directory of our FREE educational resources that parents can use to bridge the gap during this time.
FREE Television Resources:
SDPB also offers a livestream of our 24/7 Kids Channel online here: https://www.sdpb.org/learn/Kids24/
FREE Web Resources:
Buddy is the SDPB Kids mascot. We encourage healthy habits and a positive learning environment on our Buddy website, which has many links and the weekly activity blog. http://www.sdpb.org/buddy
PBS LearningMedia is a media-on-demand service delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences. https://sdpb.pbslearningmedia.org
PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. http://www.pbs.org/parents
PBS Kids Learn offers access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs. http://pbskids.org/learn
PBS Crafts for Kids offers many opportunities to use art to teach science and math. Unleash the crafty side of kids. https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids
FREE Downloadable PBS Apps:
PBS Kids Video - This app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience of PBS Kids videos for all ages. New full episodes are released every Friday. This app also includes the PBS Kids 24/7 channel for free!
PBS Kids Games - Play over 50 free learning games with your favorite PBS characters anytime, anywhere! New games are added all the time. Games encourage your child to engage in skills related to math, science, creativity, and more!
PBS Parents Play and Learn - Designed specifically for parents, this app provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids. Each game includes information about the math and literacy woven into the game to help maximize learning and interaction with your child.
PBS Video - Enjoy the most popular shows from PBS anytime, anywhere! Masterpiece hits, Nature, NOVA, and more. PBS Video features thousands of full-length videos from your favorite PBS shows and local stations with new videos added daily.
Mrs. Brown Art on Instagram has reminded people that she has hundreds of free power points available online. She wrote: "I want to share my resources to parents and teachers who may be home-schooling for a while during the #COVID19 quarantine period. We’re all in this together."
She also explains that her lessons include examples, step by step directions, objectives, and more. You can find her resources at www.mrsbrown.art/drive
From Wednesday 18th March, @TheFamilyEdit on Instagram will have a teacher on each morning from 9am sharing practical ideas that you can do with your kids at home. As well as that, they will be sharing their favorite websites that you may find useful. Covering all class levels and abilities, all activities can be made suitable to suit your child.
Redtedart has created the 'Stuck at home' playlist on her YouTube channel.
Taking to Instagram she said: "If you're stuck at home and you're bored and you want to keep boredom at bay, I've compiled my videos that only require basic craft supplies at home. I've included things like paper crafts, book marks, paper Mache projects, sewing projects, notebooks and paper frames."
You can view her YouTube playlist here.
Spider-Man and Star Wars artist William Sliney has set up a #wewilldraw art challenge on Twitter to tackle boredom at home over the next few weeks. Each day, he will share a drawing and challenge children to draw that character. At the end of the day, he's going to share all of the drawings that have been submitted to him.
Arty Arts Dublin have started the #windowconnections campaign, challenging kids to create a positive message to hang in your window for passersby to see in these unsettling times. Get creative and use materials that are already in your house. We love this idea!
Well done to all those coming together to make life a little bit easier at this difficult time. If you have resources you would like to share, leave a note in the comments and we'll do our very best to have it added to the list.
Public Broadcasting Service: See: https://pbskids.org/games/ for free GAMES, Free PBS Shows, and more, 24/7.
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS:
Over 30 virtual Field Trips for children and families to experience, from the San Diego Zoo to a guided tour of the Louvre in Paris and explore the Surface of Mars! These are can’t miss experiences for kids and adults!
LEARN IN COLOR!
Join Samantha who I started Learn in Color when she was 14 as a way to share her homeschool experiences with others. Six years later, Samantha’s blog has reached over four million people and Learn in Color’s resources have been used in over seven thousand classrooms across America.
Here’s a sampling of what parents and kids will find on Learn In Color:
And, education topics for kids PreK through Middle School, including: