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Ideas for Social Distance...with Kids
With the efforts to curb the spread of CO-VID19 throughout Alaska, schools have closed throughout Alaska through the end of March. So families find themselves with kids at home or with unstructured time. So we are starting a page to capture some of the great ideas that foster and adoptive families have been sharing for resources. Got some ideas to add? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And Like our Facebook Page to get more information and share your ideas.
This is going to be a tough one for everyone. Many child care and spring break camps are extending because of the closing of schools, so if your child is in an existing program, start there first.
There are some employers that are allowing staff to work from home as part of the social distancing efforts to minimize contact between large groups of people. This is not possible for everyone, but check with your employer to see if this option might work for you. Balancing working from home and supervising children has its own challenges of course but it is often a good option when available.
thread Alaska is available to help Alaskans find child care.
Obviously, the internet is filled with ideas of activities for kids so go looking for them (and then let us know). Here’s just a couple ideas.
“We love podcasts and will be listening to more for sure! Currently loving: ‘Wow in the World’ (science), ‘The Past and the Curious,’ ‘What if World’ (silly stories), ‘Noodle Loaf.’” ? Elizabeth Telmosse
“We are making photo books online — we have so many photos we never printed, so each kid is going to sift through our photos online and put together their own book that we will then have printed and sent to us.” ? Melinda Catherine
“‘Brainchild’ on Netflix is a winner in our house right now!” ? Nikki McCormick
Write letters to relatives. Have your kids craft a letter to a grandparent or family member. It also helps them practice their penmanship, talk about a win-win.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems A daily doodle session with Mo Willems from the Kennedy Center. Subscribe to get noticed or go to the Kennedy Center Website under videos (you will also find a lot of other great performances there as well!)
The Georgia Aquarium Jelly Cam (and Whale Cam, and Otter Cam, etc.) Just for fun!
A list of a lot more Virtual Field Trips including Buckingham Palace, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, and the Montery Aquarium, the San Diego Zoo, and a whole lot more!
#OperationStoryTime is a project of authors reading their children’s books.
No restrictions on travelling (or reservations needed) when you take these virtual tours of the National Parks.
Virtual Rides in Disneyworld and Disneyland
Make your own Custom Paper Toys.
Best Beginnings Ideas for Digital Reading and Books in Alaska
Alaska Caring Notes Have your children write notes to elders and resiendts in nursing homes.
www.robotvsloth.com/coloringsheets Free Coloring Sheets of robots, sloths, bunnies and more!
Free Digital Cooking Classes for Kids and Family
Free Online Workout Classes with the Alaska Club.
Keeping Up With Education
Schools in Alaska are closed through the end of April. Check with your school district to find out resources and expectations for continued schooling.
Science Mom Short Science Lessons by Video
Scholastic Learn at Home Offering 3 hours of daily content
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has some great links for all ages.
Anchorage School District Activities for Learning at Home
Think Indigenous Online Education K-8 A Faceook Page Out of Canada with Videos Lessons
ST Math (free until the end of June)
Boston Children’s Muesum Resources for learning and fun
ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT Food Distribution Information
Juneau School District Food Distribution Information
Kenai School District Food Distribution Information
Mat Su Borough School District Grab N Go Food Distribution
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRENT COVID-10 SITUATION…
Always go to a reputable source.
Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Families https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
State of Alaska Specific Information http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx
Talk of Alaska An excellent show about what’s happening in Alaska https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/03/06/coronavirus-is-spreading-worldwide-and-alaska-officials-are-preparing-for-its-arrival/
Talking with Children About Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
Frequently Asked Questions from Foster Parents Answered by the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services (As of March 17, 2020) Find updates about the OCS response at the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services website.
What Alaskan Youth Need to Know About the COVID-19 Virus Put together by Facing Foster Care in Alaska.