Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #1

For many families, figuring out how to fill the hours each day with the kids at home can be very challenging. Here are some resources that may help

From the latest health information to educational websites that will keep kids informed and entertained, Montreal Families has you covered. Below is a list of resources to help families get through the coming weeks.

Useful Websites & Information

Handwashing 101

Youtube: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Family Resources

Scholastic has created a FREE website – Scholastic Learn at Home – with many articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.

Common Sense Media has a variety of resources to help families cope with an extended period of time at home. There are entertainment & media recommendations such music apps and games for kids, new TV shows, movie reviews, book recommendations, etc. Also, there are tools for parents to help their children learn at home such as apps that have tutors and offer homework help in math & science, etc. Finally, its stress-management resources can help family members who are feeling stressed or anxious.

Alloprof is a French website that provides educational information to Quebec students. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., students can ask teachers questions by phone or text. It also has many worksheets and other interactive activities, educational videos etc.

Families can escape from their home by taking a virtual trip to some of the best museums around the world. Check out this article from Parents.com for quick links to virtual tours at museums such as the Guggenheim in New York, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the British Museum in London.

Storyline Online provides a free literacy program where actors read books to children. Each book includes supplemental curriculum to strengthen verbal and written skills. And while you may LOVE to read to your children, after hours and days of it, you just might feel like a little break.

PBS Kids offers online games, videos, interactive play, parenting resources, and more. You can also sign up for their FREE newsletter and get daily activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home.

Check out the large library of educational videos on various school subjects at the Youtube channel CrashCourse. Learn about literature, science, math, history, engineering, artificial intelligence, theatre & drama, film production, and much more.

FINALLY – remember that the great outdoors is not off limits as long as you observe social distancing rules (keep a six-foot distance from other people). So get out for some fresh air and enjoy playtime and games together, a run through your community, bike riding, a nature-based treasure hunt, early spring cleaning (windows, decks, balconies), etc.

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