When the terms coronavirus and COVID-19 became commonplace in our houses, so did terms like ‘social distancing,’ ‘self-isolation,’ and ‘quarantine.’ While the idea of being locked in our homes had many of us sincerely concerned, perhaps none of us were more concerned than parents facing down the prospect of having to spend multiple weeks alone at home with our children. Not that we don’t love them, but many of us considered teaching as a profession and consciously decided not to go down that path, but now we’re trying to homeschool our children IN ADDITION to our own full-time job.
To provide some relief from the constant, “What are we going to do today?” question that we ask ourselves as parents during quarantine, our team has put together a list of fun activities that you can do with your kids!
- Learn to play the ukulele with UkuTabs. If you don’t already have one, they’re fairly easy to shop for online, and can be an inexpensive way to introduce your kiddo(s) to music. With UkuTabs, learning familiar tunes and feeling that exhilaration of picking up a new skill has never been easier. Take a look!
- Whip up a new recipe (and teach some fractions while you’re at it?) with WhatscookingAmerica. Whether you’re looking for delicious meals on a budget, or are experiencing a recipe rut, this site will have you spicing up your life in the best way possible. Let us know what your favourites are!
- Organize good deeds in your neighbourhood with SignUpGenius. Right now, communities are rallying together to make sure their most vulnerable neighbours are being taken care of during this time of crisis. SignUpGenius is an amazing tool to use to facilitate that. From coordinating grocery pickups and drop-offs, to organizing mask and cap-making projects for local health care workers and the immunocompromised, their online sign-ups make it easy. See how they can help you and your community!
- If you’re answering questions like, “How hot is Saturn?” and, “Where do hurricanes come from?”, you need some ScienceDaily in your life. Answering all of life’s important questions, and questions we didn’t even know that we had, ScienceDaily can be an important resource in the parent-turned-teacher toolbox. Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, there is content to keep them entertained and learning something new. Can’t go wrong with that!
- Math class is a source of nightmares for many, and many parents are not eager to revisit that experience to teach their children. Thank goodness for Homeschoolmath! An almost endless resource of worksheets and games for kids of all ages, you can rest assured that there is something to help your young one(s) stay ahead of the curve.
Being at home with kids during this pandemic isn’t easy—but with this list, it should be easier! Make sure you take a look through our suggestions, and let us know which ones your kids thought were, like, the best, and be sure to let us know which ones are Parent Approved too. From our house to yours. We’re all in this together!