Parent Resources for School Closure
Resources for our Community!
We are in some unprecedented times right now with the pandemic of COVID-19. As we are required to be closed, we want to still provide you with as many resources as we can to help get you through this time. Early childhood is a joyous time but it is also very intense since the work of young children is to learn how to navigate in the world and community around them. This learning comes through trial and error and lots of boundary pushing. This learning also comes though play and wonder. We hope that we can help give you some ideas of how to navigate with your child at home! Our community has always been the foundation to our wonderful program. Let's pull together to support each other the best we can during this time.
Evolving Resource List
- Live cams from the San Diego Zoo, with various animals
- Naked Mole Rat Cam
Songs, Stories, Children's Yoga (to watch and listen to)
- Storyline - Stories Read Aloud to Kids - ad free! Comes with learning experiences to accompany the story, if desired. Available only in English.
- 123 Andres - Spanish & English activities using music
- Explore: “Learning Spanish with Johanna” on YouTube. Here is one video incorporating learning spanish and sign language.
- A list of children’s yoga video resources!
- Music class! Neighbors of one of our school families (They’re in a band and have animals etc. Super fun group of humans!)
- Fun positive affirmation song for kids (and adults). Love her explanation of how it helps our brains.
- Free Resources from Barefoot Books! They have a collection of free downloadable activity kits with topics like: Unique indoor games, managing anxiety, connecting with nature and animals, etc. They have some videos of their wonderful collection of books being read and some sing alongs too. A great resource for our age group and beyond.
Helping your child cope with stress or the understanding of the outbreak
- Basic Parenting tips from first 5 for helping kids cope with a disaster.
- How to Talk to Kids about Covid 19
- Make and play with play-dough
- Make an Obstacle Course with items around the house
- SCREEN FREE ACTIVITIES
- Cooking with Kids (Scroll down for recipes and instructions)
- PJ Library Resources (click the tabs for various types of activities!):
- 5 screen-free activities a week FOREVER (or until you get sick of them and unsubscribe)
- 10 indoor toddler activities
- Sensory activities
- Music and movement ideas
- Indoor games for toddlers
- Sensory activities
- Fun activity ideas by developmental stage
- National Geographic Kids Online, lots of free content about animals, places, and history
- Sidewalk chalk "stained glass" activity to do on your sidewalk.
- Children's Museum of Sonoma County has their own resource page with links to activity ideas, story times and more!
Resources for Parents
- Janet Lansbury! She is an amazing resource of parenting advice that is very in tune with our philosophies at THH. She has podcasts, articles and more on her website.
- Relevant Podcast for now (link to test or there is a link to the podcast) "Parenting in Anxious Times" https://www.janetlansbury.com/2020/03/parenting-in-anxious-times-with-susan-stiffelman-mft/
- Her Website: https://www.janetlansbury.com/
- Tips to Make Working From Home With a Toddler Productive
- For when parents run out of meal ideas
- TED talk on "How to make stress your friend"
- 4 Easy Activities to Support Learning While Your Child is at Home. This approach models what we do as teachers.
- Toolbox support. We adapt the tools from the toolbox for our preschool program. Here is a new offering that toolbox is offering geared towards use at home.
- What is the Toolbox at Home? The Online Family Toolbox Classes will be presented through an online Zoom Webinar platform starting on Monday March 30. Join the Family Toolbox Project at Home Zoom Meeting When prompted by the Zoom app enter this Meeting ID: 541 076 972
- Meetings will be recorded and posted on Toolbox Project website.
- Update: All parks have been closed but you can still explore in your backyard or neighborhood.