Many schools have closed due to COVID-19, and more will likely follow suit. As a result, adults are dealing with a host of new stressors, including the sudden challenge of keeping their kids engaged during the day.
We have searched for resources that will help parents during this time. The CDC has a webpage dedicated to the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. And ADDitude Magazine recently published a great article about how to talk to kids about the virus with special tips for kids with anxiety.
Kids need structure (especially ADHD kids) and we know that creating a schedule can make a big difference in keeping everyone’s relative sanity. Fortunately, there are free, educational resources available online to help you. Here’s a list that you can work into your child’s “learn from home” schedule until they are able to go back to school.
- Khan Academy – Personalized, self-paced learning for all grade levels and all subjects.
- PBS LearningMedia – Lesson plans, videos and games.
- TEDEd – Turns teacher lessons into animated videos for students.
- Scholastic – “Learn at Home” 20-day program available for grades Pre-K through 6.
- BrainPOP – Access to animated interactive lessons, quizzes, and games for students whose schools are closed due to COVID-19.
- Prodigy – Math games.
- The New York Public Library – To gain access to over 300,000 e-books, download the free e-reader app, SimplyE, available for iPhone or Android.
- Audible – More free books! Amazon has canceled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed.
- No Red Ink – Writing and grammar practice.
- The Kennedy Center – Artist-in-residence, Mo Willems, is offering a “Lunch Doodles” live-stream.
- Lumosity – Brain games that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and memory.
- Duolingo – Foreign language program for learning and practicing 30+ languages.
- Google Arts & Culture – Explore history with virtual tours of world-famous museums and sites.
- Peloton – 90-day access to the app with at-home workouts.
- ADDitude eBooks – Reach for inner peace with "Mindfulness and Other Natural Treatments for ADHD".
- MHS Digital Resource Kit – Comprehensive family guide from the leading producer of ADHD assessments.
Create a schedule that mixes in these resources during various parts of the day. Print it out, or make a poster that the kids can follow.
8:00 AM - Get Going
- Get Dressed
- Take Vitamins/Medicine
- Brush Teeth
8:30 AM - Chores
- Make Bed
- Tidy Bedroom
9:00 AM - Exercise
- Bike, Run, or Long Walk
10:00 AM - Academic Time #1
11:30 AM - Socializing
- Call or write a letter to a friend or loved one who is in isolation
12:00 PM - Lunch & Play Outside
1:00 PM - Arts & Crafts
- Watch Lunch Doodles
- “Make something!” (Legos, draw, make bracelets, etc.)
1:30 PM - Academic Time #2
2:30 PM - Music
- Practice an instrument, sing, or listen to music
3:30 PM - Exercise or Play Outside
- Help with yard work and/or walk a pet
4:30 PM - Free Time
- Screen time (with permission), games, etc.
5:30 PM - Help Make Dinner & Eat
6:30 PM - Evening Walk
7:30 PM - Bath or Shower
8:00 PM - Bedtime Story or Reading Time
8:30 PM - Bedtime
Know about other cool resources that we missed? Share in the comments below!