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We understand that this has been a weird and challenging week for everyone, but you have made it to the weekend! Today we wanted to take a minute and focus on parents who may be trying to balance new financial stress, working from home, and school closures. Our first tip is to try creating a schedule for each child and display it prominently in your house. If this schedule can match their school schedule it could help them cope with this sudden change. Below is a great example of what this might look like.

This is also a great time for your child to explore a topic they may not have the opportunity to while in school. When making the schedule sit down with your child and ask them if there is something they would like to learn during this time.  Here are some resources for learning that may help you.

Resources for Home Learning and Fun
 Resources for Home Learning and Fun

For parents with smaller children at home, you may be looking for activities that they can do with minimal supervision so that you can get work done. Right now there are so many great live cams at museums but here are some of our favorites!

  • Cincinnati Home Safari Live – While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let them help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Weekday’s at 3pm EST.
  • Doodles with Mo Willems – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.  Weekday’s new video at 1:00 pm EST.
  • Pete The Cat Storytime: Would Pete worry? Goodness, no! He’d host a virtual story hour on Instagram Live. Follow @petethecatofficial on Instagram to tune in. Weekday’s at 12:00 pm EST.
  • Music for Sprouts – Vermont musicians Mister Chris and Miss Emma welcome you to come together for a few moments that feel familiar and comforting. Let us use music to help us continue to grow strong and celebrate all that does not waver in challenging times. Weekday’s at 10:00 am EST.
  • Kids + Parents Cooking Together. Weekday’s at 1:00 pm EST.
  • National Public Radio has a list of virtual concerts coming up.
  • The We Are Teachers website has a list of author read alouds.
  • The Kid Learning Logic Facebook page also has great options and videos for small children.

Remember that you are not in this alone! Your child’s teacher has likely sent home assignments and contact information. If you are having trouble reach out to their school.

We’ve got you! Here are some other great resources and ideas to keep you and your family informed and going today.

  • Take a breath with rainbow yoga. It is a great way for kids and adults to add some mindfulness to your day.
  • Try adding some crafting time to your child’s schedule. Here is a link to a playdough recipe.
  • Need a recipe that is easy and good for the entire family? Try a warm chicken noodle soup recipe. If your family is vegetarian or you just don’t have chicken available try swapping out veggie stock and beans.
  • Another great option for families or even individuals is to schedule in a dancing hour. If you don’t know what to listen to, you can create a