COVID-19 is the disease caused by an infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province in December 2019. COVID-19 was previously known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) respiratory disease before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the official name as COVID-19 in February 2020.

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Covid-19 Hygiene Guidance

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

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What is social distancing ?

Social distancing is a public health strategy to slow down the transmission of an infectious disease like Covid-19.

Why is social distancing necessary ?

When a serious disease can spread rapidly and cause many in the population to end up requiring hospitalization, that puts a strain on the existing healthcare system. Healthcare resources are finite, meaning there are only a certain number of doctors, nurses, hospital beds, ICU beds, ECMO/ventilators, medical supplies that are available in any given community. When patients are admitted, they need a certain amount of time to stay in the hospital to recover and in some unfortunate cases succumb to the disease. Now when there are more patients that need hospitalization than the available number of resources, that will result in a state where many patients will not have adequate medical care or life saving interventions available to them. It can lead to terrible situations like where a physician must decide which patient gets priority and access to the life saving equipment and which patient does not. This is not fun for healthcare professionals or patients. This is the current state in Italy where they are overwhelmed by the number of cases and even their very strong, affordable and well equipped socialized care system is struggling under this strain. If this same situation occurs in a country like the United States where health care is not easily accessible and the amount of healthcare resources has been optimized over the years to make hospitals more lucrative and profitable, it will be much worse a situation than Italy.

The whole reason social distancing is applied right now is to keep the number of incoming cases under the limit of what our healthcare system can handle, thereby increasing the chance that every patient has accessibility to quality, life saving healthcare interventions. Trying to keep the rate of incoming patients within the capacity of the healthcare system is what is referred to as “flattening the curve”.

How to talk to kids about Covid -19

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-to-talk-to-children-about-the-coronavirus-2020030719111

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center

Government Health Resources By Country

Australia
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Germany
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html

Ireland
https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

Netherlands
https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19

New Zealand
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

United Kingdom
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

United States of America
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Here are some suggesting for adults and youngsters to do as we all go stir crazy staying home for an extended period of time and everyone in close quarters

 

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  • Play card games
  • Play scrabble online
  • X-Box Live Games are a great way to interact in a virtual way when you play with friends remotely
  • Call & catch up with friends
  • Dress up & plan an in-home date night
  • Virtual book club
  • Learn a new language
  • Take a class or complete a workshop online
  • Read
  • Watch TV/movies
  • Listen to music
  • Do a puzzle
  • Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime Video
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Take some “me time”
  • Take a break between household activities
  • Memes/Jokes/the funny stuff
  • Home repairs
  • Deep clean
  • Clear clutter and things to donate later
  • Reorganize closets & cabinets
  • Things you have been putting off
  • Try new recipes
  • Sew or learn to
  • Knit or learn to
  • Color
  • Spend time with your pets
  • Teach your dog new tricks
  • Get Creative and cook up some recipes you come up with
  • Crafting
  • Photography
  • Organize your photos
  • Sketch
  • Paint
  • Bake
  • Garden
  • Spend time in nature (keeping social distancing guidelines in mind)
  • Play with your pets and kids
  • Take a virtual museum tour

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We will try to keep the content as up to date as possible with respect to current research but please remember no guarantees or warranties are made here, nothing from this site should be taken as medical, legal or professional advice. Please always talk to a professional to determine what is right for your situation. Any product recommendations here are purely based on my own personal experience, We are not compensated to recommend anything and we do not make any guarantees or warranties about the products.

A list of activities contributed by PIEZ group members:

  1. Indoor snow : 2 cups baking soda and 1/2 cup conditioner.
  2. Screen Time is Great
    • Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/YouTubeKids/Disney+ videos for kids
    • PBS kids has free video and game apps
      Bill NYE
      Science Max
  3. Library books
  4. Audiobooks
  5. Brain quest workbooks
  6. Montessori activities
  7. Legos & Mega Blocks
  8. Fort building with blankets and cushions
  9. Books
  10. Make checkerboard out of construction paper and tape and learned how to play checkers together.
  11. Gardening
  12. Basic body weight exercises
  13. Trampoline indoors or out
  14. Beanbag toss indoors or out
  15. Rube Goldberg Machines
  16. Cardboard Maze
  17. Parlor Games
  18. Copy Famous Art
  19. Hiking in nature keeping distancing guidelines in mind
  20. Climb Trees
  21. Parkour
  22. Biking
  23. Skateboarding
  24. Roller Skating
  25. Disc Golf
  26. Build a Tree House/Fort
  27. Slack Line
  28. Ninja Challenge
  29. Dig a Mud Pit
  30. Garden
  31. Make a Rock Wall
  32. Build Birdhouses
  33. Little tykes play structure inside
  34. Ball pit balls in the empty bathtub
  35. Pipe cleaners and a colander that he can stick the pipe cleaners in
  36. Kinetic sand
  37. Water beads
  38. Water, paint brushes for water painting construction paper or the driveway or fence
  39. Let then take all the cushions off the couch and build a fort or play “hot lava”
  40. Backyard time.
  41. Simple craft projects like collages with old magazines
  42. Making obstacle courses and timing to see how fast they can get through it.
  43. Making silly videos–make a stage and act out plays with stuffies. Share the videos with other kids via email.
  44. FaceTime/Skype/Video Chat with friends
  45. Toilet Paper Tubes
  46. Pompoms
  47. Cardboard Strips & Drinking Straws. Use straws to blow poms.Use tape to make mazes on floor to blow through with straws or vertical mazes on wall to see if gravity carries it to a goal spot.
  48. Cosmic kids yoga adventures on amazon prime is AMAZING!
  49. Separate the pompoms by color and put each color in its own bucket (for toddlers)
  50. Put pompoms into a bottle (the Voss water bottles, the smallest size. It makes this difficult)  (for toddlers)
  51. IKEA/Melissa and Doug type paper rolls for kids. Mix tempura paints with water and corn starch, put them in 2 Oz squeeze bottles. Art time.
  52. Stickers
  53. Load the kinetic sand into on to toy dump truck and unload the dump truck
  54. Playdoh
  55. Bubbles
  56. Type alphabets, numbers, words on laptop, try different fonts, colors etc.,
  57. Microsoft Windows Paint or some app like that and let them “draw” on the screen
  58. OT activities
  59. Baking
  60. Geocaching (keeping social distancing guidelines in mind)
  61. Sewing
  62. Snap circuits
  63. Kitchen science stuff
  64. Chores
  65. Sight word scavenger hunts
  66. Art prompts
  67. Museums Virtual tours : https://www.forbes.com/sites/natashagural/2020/03/13/how-to-view-the-worlds-biggest-museum-collections-even-as-covid-19-brings-the-art-world-to-a-halt/

    Please still follow all the guideline given to you by your local health authority and Healthcare providers

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Tips from a Home Educator (our admin, Jessica C)

I just want to write up a really quick piece here for those who are suddenly finding themselves responsible for educating their kids at home.
When I first started homeschooling there were not nearly as many great resources as there are now. That kid is 18, and completed her high school diploma two years ago, so I haven’t followed as closely as I could.
But the first thing I am going to say, and I can not emphasize enough, is that homeschooling, and school at home are not the same thing at all.
When we started, I felt like I had an obligation to create that same defined structure, the subject by subject approach we often see in schools (though even that is changing now.) I felt like I had an obligation to somehow create school from 9am to 3pm. And, inside two months, we finished a year of material. Oops. (I know, that sounds good, but it’s not, it’s really really not.)
You don’t need to create that intensity of time, or of subject matter. Kids learning at home learn differently. You structure their learning to their individual needs, and you don’t move on until they really understand the concept. You also don’t have to explain things to a bunch of kids at once when some are ready to move on sooner.
An example, my 10 year old asked me last week for help with fractions. It’s just not clicking for him at school. I know that he’s very much an experiential learner. So we’re going to put away the notebooks and worksheets, we’re going to grab measuring cups and spoons, and we’re going to let him bake. We will double recipes, we will triple recipes, we will halve recipes, and he will learn what those concepts feel like in use, then we’ll look back at the worksheets (because they will send them home from the school) and we will do them together, and we will have measuring cups, and pipe cleaners, and blocks and manipulatives handy while he physically works through those concepts.
My kindergartener is beginning to recognize letters, she’s able to read sight words. We will print out lots of letters and have her label things around the house. We’ll play games with making nonsense words, we will read stories 100 times, and we will use the Epic reading app SO MUCH.
But those lessons? Those things that are school, will not be hours at a time, or even terribly organized. In my experience, class time at a table was well under an hour a day. And sometimes, the table isn’t best either. Sometimes it’s in the yard kicking a ball, sometimes it’s lounging on the couch with your feet up.
To succeed at home, you have to let go of what your idea of school feels like and embrace a more integrated approach, otherwise you’ll both (or all) burn out.
There are people on youtube.com who teach concepts with so much more energy than I do, I absolutely embrace those people and I click play.
Your kids will be rattled by this process. You will be out of sorts, you’ll all be adapting and adjusting, and the very best thing you can do from the get go- is to choose not to make education a power and control platform. Kids will resist, and you can give them extra time to get there. Maybe this week you won’t get much accomplished. That’s also absolutely acceptable. You need less time to teach 1:1 than a school does in a day, so allow yourselves and your kids the time you need to find out how you learn and teach together.
Also, never underestimate the power of a good bribe. “Guys, if you’ll just read quietly for 15 minutes, I will make some cookies.” It happens here, a lot. Oh, and it turns out that even older kids really love being read aloud to. Even my adult kid will tune in if I pick up a chapter book and start reading to the younger kids. We all love a good story, and showing them that is often the doorway to literacy far more than asking them to memorize their sight words

Homeschooling Resources

General

https://www.learningliftoff.com/20-best-homeschooling-websites-and-learning-resources/
https://wellnessmama.com/126933/homeschool-resources/
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Australia

http://www.aussieeducator.org.au/resources/archived/homeschoolingresources.html
https://www.homeschoolingdownunder.com/

Canada

https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/how-to-homeschool-in-canada/
https://a2zhomeschooling.com/regional/canada_homeschooling/ (has resources by province)

New Zealand

https://homeschoolingnz.org/
https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/schooling-in-nz/home-education/

New Zealand Homeschooling


https://ahe.org.nz/about-home-education/auckland-businesses-serving-the-homeschool-community/

United Kingdom

https://ukhomeschool.org/
https://adventuretravelfamily.co.uk/2017/03/02/homeschool-curriculum-do-you-need-one/

Over 80 Free or Cheap Home Education Resources in the UK


https://www.gov.uk/home-education

United States

https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/education-and-youth/homeschooling-and-online-education/#A2
https://a2zhomeschooling.com/regional/us/

United States


https://www.learningliftoff.com/20-best-homeschooling-websites-and-learning-resources/

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We will try to keep the content as up to date as possible but no guarantees or warranties are made here, nothing from this site should be taken as medical, legal or professional advice. Please always talk to a professional to determine what is right for your situation. Any product recommendations here are purely based on my own personal experience, We are not compensated to recommend anything and we do not make any guarantees or warranties about the products.

Like every other aspect of our lives, the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing/lockdown/quarantines (whatever stage your community is in) has affected how we stay fit. The solution is trivial for those of us who have exercise equipment at home but it isn’t trivial for those of us who do not have the luxury of exercise equipment at home. China, especially the Wuhan province has been in lockdown a lot longer than the rest of us have been. There is an amateur marathon runner there who runs in his living room. That is pretty awesome isn’t it ?One of the things that are safe right now is going out in nature. So, if you live some place where you have access to safe trails, safe woods, safe nature hangouts – you can take advantage of those by simply running outside or going on walks etc., However, do remember to still follow social distancing protocols. Do not go to these places when its crowded or if you are unable to maintain the CDC recommended distance of at least 6 feet from other human beings.Some other options to work out are working out at home – pilates, yoga, kettle bell or dumb bell or resistance bands workouts.

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Disclaimer:
We will try to keep the content as up to date as possible but no guarantees or warranties are made here, nothing from this site should be taken as medical, legal or professional advice. Please always talk to a professional to determine what is right for your situation. Any product recommendations here are purely based on my own personal experience, We are not compensated to recommend anything and we do not make any guarantees or warranties about the products.