When millions of children are displaced from their schools as a result of the coronavirus, a sub-crisis for parents has arisen: What will the children do all day? The widespread school closures have sent shockwaves across parent families, with many scrambling to find ways to ease their children into at-home life.
It's one thing to keep them entertained all day on weekends. When you have seven days a week to fill for an infinite period of time, it's a different story altogether.
The key is to have a schedule, which is something that schools are well aware of. Having a day's blueprint will make things fall into place because kids are used to following a timeline. It's a lot less difficult than you would imagine. Take out a pen and paper and make a detailed plan.
Here's how to get your child into a routine:
- Begin with their daily routine at school.
- Use school as a guideline and stick to your child's usual routine
- When do they usually eat breakfast? Is it time for a snack? What's for lunch?
- What time is recess?
- Break the day up into little pieces, just like you would in school for topics.
- Is it better for your child to focus on schoolwork in the morning or afternoon?
Make time for play
Once you've scheduled meals and school tasks, it's time to fill up the remainder of each day, and setting out time for focused child-led play is crucial for children. When a child imagines, creates, builds, or invents, he or she is engaged in serious learning.
Have a few 15- to 30-minute periods of committed child-led playing in your new daily routine (more or less time based on the age of the child and play development). A child's ability to play improves as they play more.
The right toys can make a big difference in the development of a child, so ensure you give them something that stimulates their minds.
Study after study demonstrates the value of reading to children. Being able to do that when at home all day is a fantastic opportunity.
Put reading blocks in place. Starting with fifteen to twenty minutes a day (remember, total minutes, not all at once) is a great starting point. Dismantle it. Consider various ways to structure this reading block: parent reading aloud, children reading aloud (if the kid can read), and family quiet reading time.
And don't worry about upsetting the routine if your child wants to prolong a reading session. There is no such thing as too much reading, and you can always postpone a scheduled operation.
These tips should make it easier for you to keep your child engaged and curious, while actively playing a part in their development during these times. Also, to keep your newborn engaged, grab some cute baby toys online for him.
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