Keeping Your Kids Learning During the Pandemic

The Coronavirus Pandemic has pushed many parents into dual full-time roles — teachers and caregivers. It’s a challenging endeavor to keep your kids occupied in a positive way while also working from home. For most of us, this is an undertaking made even more difficult because you might not have the resources or formal education. However, give yourself a break. There are many ways for your children to learn, even if they don’t feel like they are learning.

Infant Activities

From our earliest ages, we are taking in the sights and sounds around us — while trying to make sense of it all. Infants have the ability to see faces, different shapes, colors, and sizes. These are the bedrock from which learning is established. Here are a few infant activities that you can do with your little one:

▼ Tummy Time Paint Bag

Put different colors of paint in a zip lock bag and tape the bag to the floor and let your baby play with the paint to promote tummy time.

▼ Frozen Teether Toys

These are great for babies when they are teething. Put some teether toys in the freezer till they are nice and cold for your baby.

▼ Sensory Bottles

These are fun for all ages! Fill an empty plastic water bottle filled with beans, different kinds of pasta, coins, pom poms, popcorn, water and glitter, and water beads. You can also use liquids like water (put some drops of food coloring), baby oil, corn syrup, and any tape of small objects. Hot glue the lids on and let your child explore!

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Toddler Activities

Now we’re walking and talking! During this stage, children are introduced to skills that help them gain independence. They seek to understand the world around them, so they are listening to conversations and observing everything you do. Toddlers have little to no fear because they don’t know what fear is, so they are willing to try new things. By practicing these skills, they will eventually perfect them!

▼ Practical Life

Window Washing
Laundry
Dishes

▼ Tummy Time Paint Bag

Pouring
Open & Close
Transferring

▼ Math

Counting
Matching Numbers
Tracing Numbers with Stickers

▼ Language

Nightly Recap
Read Books
Simon Says

▼ Sensorial

Color Hunt
Color Matching
Big & Small

▼ Science

Land, Air, Water
Animal Coverings
Five Senses

▼ Music

Musical Instruments
Dance Party
Songs From the Classroom

▼ Gross Motor Skills

Gross Motor
Balance
Ninja Warrior Game

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Activities for Children Ages 3-6

During the preschool and kindergarten ages, children continue building on the skills they learned in their toddler years. During these phases, children learn best by performing hands-on activities, using trial and error, sensory exploration, and yes, they’re still modeling their behavior after their environment. Counting, handwriting, and literacy are becoming bigger factors during this age group.

AGE 3

▼ Practical Life

Spoon Transfer
Pouring
Chores

▼ Language

Reading

▼ Sensorial

Geometric Solids

▼ Science

Grow a Plant
Bird Watching

▼ Art

Inside the Lines

▼ Gross Motor

Yoga
Children, Children Quietly Sleeping

Age 4

▼ Practical Life

Tong Transfer

▼ Language

Reading

▼ Math

Guess How Many?

▼ Science

Parts of a Plant
How Do Plants Grow?
Vegetable Sorting
Rainbow Experiment

▼ Art

Plant Art
Draw a Bird

▼ Gross Motor

Yoga
Simple Exercise

AGE 5

▼ Practical Life

Fine Motor
Straw Transfer

▼ Science

Bean Sprout
Parts of a Plant

▼ Art

Bird’s Nest

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Keeping a Schedule

One of the essential parts of working from home is keeping a schedule. For kids during this time, it’s all about creating a new norm for them. Breaking up their days into four main categories will help them adjust much easier.

Work time
Playtime
Mealtime
Reading time

We know this can be challenging, but have fun and enjoy this time you have with your children!

Free Learning Sites

If you want even more ideas or want to switch things up, please visit the free learning sites below. There’s a wealth of information for both your child and yourself contained on these sites.

Ted Ed
Brain Pop
Quizlet
Scholastic Learn At Home
Khan Academy
PBS Learning Media

From our family at Meadow Montessori to yours, we want to make sure you’re safe and that you have the tools and resources to help your child continue growing. We’re all living in unprecedented times right now, but we’ll get through this together. Using even a small portion of the activities noted above, you and your child will have fun and learn — that’s a winning combination!