What can I do to support my children while they are learning remotely?
Balancing working from home with an infant, toddler, or young child is a significant challenge. Below we are some resources for ways to engage your children and support yourself in this time.
- Age-Based tips on juggling parenting and working from home
- Tips for Taking Care of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in regards to COVID-19
- The Children's Museum of Manhattan has a variety of free engaging virtual events and classes
Elementary-aged children are learning how to read, improving reading comprehension, and acquiring new math skills, writing skills, and more. Older children in this age group begin to apply those basic skills and develop complex problem solving skills. The following resources offer ways to support their remote learning:
- Support for remote learning K-2
- Support for remote learning grades 3-6
- Free programs and educational resources from PBS
- High-Tech and Low-Tech Family Writing Ideas to Engage Children in Learning at Home - from UMass faculty Robert Maloy, Sharon Edwards, and Torrey Trust, authors of Kids Have All the Write Stuff, published by University of Massachusetts Press.
- Online Bookcase for Young Writers featuring virtual shelves filled with literature, apps, and interactive digital tools to inspire children to become confident, expressive, creative young writers; a free web companion to Kids Have All the Write Stuff.
In addition to continuing to learn and develop academic skills, teens are susceptible to mental health strains in these difficult times. With increased isolation, teens need support for emotional well-being. Below are resources targeted to these needs.
- Daily mental health checklist
- Supporting teens' and young adults' mental health
- Support teens 7-9 in their learning
- Support teens grades 10-12 in their learning
When you can, take time away from remote learning and work to get some fresh air.