Schools across the country have shuttered in hopes of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
As of Sunday, there are more than 2,800 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. At least 60 people have died from the virus.
While children are out of school, here are some ways to keep them engaged from Save the Children.
Stay on schedule
Just because they don’t have to beat the morning bell doesn’t mean your children should toss out the normal routine. Keep them in rhythm by sticking to regular wake times, bedtimes and meal times.
Let them help plan the day
Save the Children suggests encouraging your children to take an active role in the day’s agenda. Listen to their proposals and ideas and work collaboratively to construct a productive day.
Use online learning resources
Embrace the power of online learning. Take advantage of any resources your child’s school provides online. If there aren’t any, search for age-appropriate learning tools and supervise your child’s progress.
Keep their minds active
Encourage new ways for your children to learn through daily home activities like journaling, drawing and planting.
Don’t forget to move
Inactivity and socialization may decrease when children are home from school, Save the Children said. Make sure to designate some outdoor time or try low-impact exercises like yoga indoors.
Make sure to eat right
Try to eat as healthy as you can. Have your children help prepare food when possible and teach them about nutrition during while you’re at it.
Scholastic helping students
As schools across the nation close because of the coronavirus, millions of students are stuck at home with their classes on hold. But before your child gets too excited about not having to study, rest assured, parents, Scholastic has got your back.
The educational company has launched a "Learn at Home" website that has daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher.
"As more and more teachers, students and families around the world are affected by the coronavirus, our priority is to support them in the best way we know how — by providing them with rich stories and meaningful projects that will keep kids academically active," Lauren Tarshis, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, said.
The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days' worth of content. An additional 15 days of content is on the way, Scholastic said in a news release.
The courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips and geography challenges.
The website is accessible on any device that has internet, and no sign-up is required. It will remain free and open indefinitely, Scholastic said.