|With schools now closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, parents, caregivers, and kids themselves are wondering what they're going to do while at home.|
One thing those parents who are still going to work need to prepare for is the closure of the Town of Didsbury's DOSCA Before and After School Care program effective March 15th. This is where we hope to help each other out - child care is still paramount for all of us.
Social distancing is the best weapon against the spread of Covid-19 (i.e. keeping 6 feet away from another person). So, where social distancing can be practiced, kids can go.
A small playground with lots of young children touching surfaces is probably not a good idea. Young kids are not developmentally able to think about where they put their hands and keeping them cleaned often.
However, a quieter playground or a park large enough to have space in between children is perfectly acceptable, as is a hike through Memorial Park on in the woods or a backyard, should be fine.
To keep your kids busy indoors, try to stay active with dance parties or toys like a mini trampoline.
This can also be a good time for kids to prioritize contact with grandparents and other friends or relatives through FaceTime of Skype.
And, of course, many of us are looking at home schooling. Here's some links that might help.
Virtual Field Trips
Scholastic Learn at Home
Teachers Pay Teachers (Resources)
As Melanie Hepp said on CK-fm 96.5 Radio this morning, some time fillers can also include "writing a letter, phoning a friend, reading a book". We can do this!!