In an effort to cut the cycle of corona virus infection, governments in several countries have issued social distancing and policies to stop learning activities in schools for 14 days.
Running social distancing during a corona pandemic, may not be easy for children. Moreover when they hear the word “lockdown.” Generally children are accustomed to meeting friends and teachers every day at school, doing activities at the course or extracurricular activities afterwards, until the afternoon having fun at the playground with peers.
Naturally, when all that must be stopped, children can feel stressed out, Moms! That’s why, we need to help them.
Parents have to explain what COVID-19 is to children, like adults. But for toddlers or toddlers, surely they will feel very strange and they’ll ask ‘why can’t we go to school like normal?’ We as parents can use puppet media or videos in explaining it.
Meanwhile, for older children, parents can hold discussions. It can be started by asking the children what do they know of COVID-19, so that it will be easy for them to digest all of the information.
Avoid showing anxiety
Work or study from home can make children anxious, if their parents are also anxious. That’s because, anxiety is contagious. Therefore, don’t give information if corona is dead. But we can say to our children, the coronavirus can be prevented. It can also be cured, but of course there are things we need to do to achieve it.
Implement a healthy lifestyle
Tell the child, by implementing a healthy lifestyle, it can prevent the corona virus. Yes, when you are at home or study from home, that does not mean not doing anything.
Parents can tell the child the preventive steps such as proper hand washing routine. Then start to apply and explain why he can’t go out of the house like to a neighbor’s house, to the mall, then touching, smelling, and holding everything that is outside of the house (even in nature) is not allowed. Explain that coronavirus can stay on the surfaces for hours.
Accompany our children while studying at home
While at home all day, children are very likely to feel bored. The role and creativity of parents in this case is demanded in order to create comfort and excitement.
In addition, it is important for parents continue to educate their children on the reasons why they have to be at home, then to make sure children do the tasks requested by teachers online whether it is via email, school website, etc. So teachers can still have materials in evaluating our children and to check indicators of children’s success. Make sure our children do their homework themselves, don’t finish it for them.
Also, help our child to be able to understand school material. You should not hesitate to contact the child’s teacher when something is not understood.
Studying at home does not have to sit down nicely like at school, but we can also do learning while sitting in a home garden for example. Even so keep a regular schedule, including sports. No need to use anger, because usually parents are more easily emotional and overwhelmed when teaching their children (if parents do not have enough knowledge and experience in homeschooling).
When the child has finished learning, then he will have free time, take advantage of that time as creatively as possible.
While staying at home, your child naturally needs to do activities every day. That is, even though a child’s school is closed, it does not mean that they can get up late or their break time is not scheduled. Establishing daily routines such as when to get up, take a shower, eat, and rest is considered very important. In addition to training children to be disciplined, routines also play an important role so that children do not get bored quickly in doing their daily activities at home.
Ideas for fun activities at home
In order to avoid monotonous activity, here are various references to fun activities that we can do with children at home.
1. Interactive learning through devices
While at home, Parents can invite children to focus on interactive learning through gadgets. There are many applications that provide material for learning Maths, Languages, and other subjects that parents can download.
Here are some free and paid learning applications for children:
Don’t forget to stay with your child while studying. If you find it difficult, parents can also ask for help from teachers at school. Ask about appropriate and effective learning methods for children that we can emulate and apply during the study period at home.
2. Involve children in domestic work or doing chores
Domestic work such as cooking, sweeping the house, washing dishes, etc. can be an alternative activity for children at home. Besides children can learn new things, domestic work can also practice good habits for children.
By getting children to do domestic work, he can indirectly be responsible for personal hygiene and the environment.
Of course domestic work must also be done according to the age of the child. Do not force children to do domestic work which even risks making them injured or exhausted.
3. Making art
To increase children’s creativity, parents can also invite children to make artwork such as drawing, making cakes, to making their own toys or handcrafting. Teach him to make different works every day so that he does not easily feel bored.
4. Encourage regular exercise
Staying at home to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus does not mean that parents and children can be lazy and not exercise.
Doing regular exercise can actually help increase endurance so it is not easily exposed to viruses and diseases.
Encourage children to do fun routine sports such as gymnastics, dancing, or cycling in the yard. Parents can also occasionally invite children to jog outside the home so that they do not feel bored easily and are exposed to vitamin D from sunlight which is good for their health.
5. Read books
Parents can take advantage of this time by instilling reading habits in children. In addition to filling free time, reading can also be one way to reduce screen or TV time for children.
Give them books according to their age and there is no harm in accompanying the child when reading books.
6. Storytelling and making shows
In order to increase children’s creativity and linguistic abilities, parents can read to children directly.
Not only that, do not forget to invite the child to expression by asking him to retell the story that you have read in his own style.
Encourage your child to make shows such as theater, dancing, singing at home so as not to get bored.
7. Do a science experiment
One activity that is no less exciting, how about inviting children to conduct science experiments?
This activity can not only play your child, but at the same time learn in a fun way.
Many experiments do not require any chemicals, for example making rockets from used bottles and soft drinks or find various other references on the internet. You can also teach children refraction of light. How? It is easy, the experiment only requires clear glass, clear water and pencils. The trick is to fill the clear glass with clear water up to 2/3 of it, then insert a pencil into the glass that is already filled with water, then ask the child to observe from the side. From there, the child can see that the pencil is bent.
Now you have ideas which activities you can do or choose for your child. Parents, please remember, if your child show symptoms of anxiety or stress, do not hesitate to also consult a doctor immediately.
Hope this post is useful. Stay healthy and safe!
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