Care of Self Video Playlist. Self-care videos created by AMS that focus on childcare, nature therapy, and more.
Don’t Let Video Meetings Zap Your Energy. Psychology Today offers tips to help with the unique challenge of video calls.
Kids for Peace promotes activities to help young children lead with empathy in this uncertain time. Includes self-care tips, peace-focused prompts, and compassion-centered projects for students.
Karunavirus.org is a new online platform designed to “amplify the voice of our collective compassion.” Includes news articles, images, and videos of people around the globe choosing love over fear and encouraging us to lead with kindness.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Helping Out During The Coronavirus Crisis: Where, What & How to Donate. Considerations and suggestions from Forbes.com.
MONTESSORI IN THE HOME
- 100 Ideas for Montessori Early Childhood Students at Home (courtesy of St. Joseph Montessori School faculty and AMS).
- 100 Ideas for Montessori Elementary Students at Home (courtesy of teacher Michelle Jacob and AMS).
- Audible Stories. Free audiobooks for small children and teens for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OTHER AT-HOME EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Environmental Education Program. Visit the Environmental Education playlist featuring 5 videos co-produced by AMS and Nature’s Classroom Montessori School in Mukwonago, WI. These lessons are built around the Early Childhood curriculum but will delight all ages. (Added April 8, 2020)
- Find Your ‘Virtual Park’ with the National Park Service. An online platform with digital opportunities to engage with the parks through multimedia galleries, web cams, virtual tours, and more.
- The Learning Network. Free resources for bringing the world into your classroom, from The New York Times. Includes daily writing prompts using Times journalism.
- National Geographic Kids. Games, puzzles, books, videos, crafts and more to engage children around science and adventure.
- Virtual Museum and Art Gallery Tours. The Guardian shares breathtaking and interactive tours for cultural experiences from around the world. (Added March 31, 2020)
Virtual Field Trips for Families
San Diego Zoo / The Great Wall of China / Boston Children’s Museum / Guggenheim Museum, New York / Live Webcams from the Georgia Aquarium / Mars (Google) / Mars (NASA) / Yellowstone National Park – visit several locations in the park. / Hubble Control Center – Lobby Hubble Control Center / Operations Room (NASA)
Resources for Helping Children
Talking with Children about Corona Virus from the Fred Rogers Center
We Wear Masks a short book for children
How to Sew a Face Mask. A step-by-step tutorial from The New York Times teaches you how to make a fabric face mask from common household materials.
Television Show for younger children: DANIEL TIGER Daniel Tiger – Season 11, Episode 3 – “Daniel Finds Something To Do/Daniel’s Royal Good Time” – Could be helpful in showing children that Daniel has to occupy himself so mom can get something done.
Inspiring Video: Children sing “Heal the World”
Move your bodies! Go Noodle
Audible Audio Books, currently offering free e-books for children
How to Emotionally Prepare for Quarantine, Guardian Article.
We want to acknowledge the likelihood of an emotional impact on both children and adults stemming from the Coronavirus. I am of the belief that if we listen carefully to what our children are asking, and not provide more information than necessary, we can help calm fears and redirect their energy in a positive way. We see the following resources as good starting points for approaching these conversations, at an age-appropriate level, if needed.
Talking to Children about Covid 19 a Parent Resource: National Assoc. of School Psychologists