It’s truely a roller coaster of emotions with districts, work, sport events etc. are cancelled and closed due to COVID-19 and it is kinda scary.
How are you feeling during house arrest? Are your kids already bored? Are you losing your mind yet? Are overwhelmed yet? Are your kiddos arguing yet? Are you feeling calm, connected and supported? Comment below I would love to hear from you and keep this conversation going.
I wanted to provide the opportunity to feel more supported with an updated list of curated resources for you and your family to help you discuss coronavirus with your children, ways to set up a work from home/home schooling environment, and how to take care of yourself and each other during this difficult time.
Can view blog here: https://tabathamarden.com/what-to-say-to-your-child-about-the-coronavirus/
Get out in nature if you can: With social distancing the new norm and many regions closing down large gathering spaces, it’s more important than ever to get out in nature if you have access to it. Visit a garden or a park, go for hikes, get your garden ready for spring, and get some Vitamin D via the sun when you have a chance.
Understood have put together a wonderful resource for parents specifically centered around the coronavirus, including tips for how to talk to kids, where to find resources when school is closed, and more. You can find that resource here.
I’m still running my social and emotional learning program (Principals of EQ) program…
For now the groups will be running through a group video-conference call (Zoom), so we will still have a group experience. I will continue to offer one-on-one as well. Registration opens March 23, 2020
4 week Workshop to help kids SURVIVE & THRIVE during the world changes with calm and ease! I think learning and practicing EQ skills is needed more than ever…
Kids learn and practice skills of emotional intelligence:
- Self-regulation skills, reduce stress and/or cope with stress, and anxiety in constructive ways.
- Transform anxiety into resilence skills
- Learn the 8 Basic Emotions, what they are, how we feel them, where we feel them
- Practice emotional well-being to kick negative self talk to the curve by shifting thoughts and developing a “Growth Mindset”by exercising OPTIMISM
- Improve social skills, build confidence to have stronger connections and friendships with others
- Handle conflicts in productive ways to avoid isolation and loneliness
- Strategies to move forward being your best selves after making mistakes, overcoming limiting beliefs, failure, disappointments, heart breaks etc.
- Skills to strengthen executive functioning to set and achieve goals, manage time better for time management and self-management goals
- Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT): is a powerful holistic healing technique that has been proven to effectively resolve a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain, addiction, weight control, and limiting beliefs, just to name a few.
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Tap into homeschool resources for kids home from school:
Here are a few online learning resources:
Entire list of education companies offerings free Subscriptions due to school closures click here
Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed click here
100 activities to do at home during School closures entertain kids on a dime click here
Resouces from Speechbubble for speech and language skills:
Vooks – This is a site that has animated story books but also has free coordinating lesson plans for the stories too. Parents can listen to the stories with their kids and then go through the lesson without every having to print. There is truly no goal you can’t target with a book in my opinion so this site is a great resource for families. This is a paid site but does have a one month free trial that parents can take advantage of.
Epic – This site has lots of stories in digital forms as well, but they are not animated like you would find in Vooks. They do have lots of options including non-fiction and even videos. They even have some Spanish books too!
StorylineOnline – This is another animated book site but the books are read by celebrities ( some the kids would know, some they wouldn’t )! They also have accompanying plans and ideas for parents and teachers.
New2You – This a fantastic source for families and they have just opened an option for families and teachers in e-learning situations. They take current events and make them ‘kid friendly’ with supported visuals for the articles and activities. There are comprehension questions, supplemental worksheets, links to videos, a joke of the day.
There are tons of free websites such as:
If you need additional support please reach out,
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