Programs and Activities
One of the ways of keeping connected with children during this time is by offering a virtual group time. This can strengthen your relationship with the families and can also support children in reconnecting with their educators and peers. No matter which platform you use, here are some virtual 'group time' tips to help you provide a good experience.
Multilingual Story Video for Young Children: Something Strange Happened in My City – A COVID-19 Social Story
This video storybook helps children ages 3-8 understand the coronavirus pandemic. This can be a scary time for children and they may not understand why they need to stay indoors, or what is going on in the world. One of the best ways we can help young children cope is by sharing age-appropriate information, reassuring their safety,and learning about the many people working to fight the virus. And the videos are available in 13 languages!
Trying to explain social distancing to little ones during the COVID-19 outbreak can be difficult. That's why children's author, Kim St. Lawrence recently released a video story called Time To Come In, Bear. It's the story of a young bear who needs to come in from playing outside because "the world caught a cold." The narrator goes on to explain that the little bear "won't catch its germs if you just stay at home," and that this won't last forever, an important element for little kids to hear. It's simple and sweet and less than two minutes long, making it easy to follow for little ones who need to understand the new way of things.
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Play and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers booklet reminds us that we need to reframe our thinking and recognize that even our youngest learners are competent and capable. It also provides readers with strategies for encouraging independence and competence as infants and toddlers grow, mature and achieve new skills.