The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways and has created a lot of new stress and uncertainty. In times like this, prioritizing mental health is especially important. While so many things are out of your control, taking care of yourself is one thing that you can do to make things feel a little bit less overwhelming. In this article, we are sharing resources and tips for self-care that can easily fit into the busy lives of educators and caregivers.
Spending time in nature can help us to feel more at peace, which is especially important now. If you are still caring for little ones or if you have children at home and are looking for something fun to do, outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy the weather, get some fresh air, and add some much needed variety into your daily routine. In this article, we share some fun ideas for activities and helpful resources to help you feel inspired to get outside.
With many of us still sheltering in place, it’s a perfect opportunity to take some time to clean and organize your environment. This time of social isolation can make us much more aware of what does and doesn’t work well in our work and living spaces. Because there is so much that we can’t control right now, achieving small goals, like discarding items that are no longer needed or making a space more user-friendly, can feel especially therapeutic. In this article, we share a few simple tips to help you tidy and organize your space.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to stay home and keep a safe distance from loved ones. For many ECE professionals whose jobs are built around relationships, this is an especially challenging task. Working in early learning requires building connections and community with the children in our care and their families. During this time, although we might be physically separated, it is still possible for us to connect with each other! In this article, we share a few ideas for ways to stay connected with both children and families, and with your coworkers.
As everyone’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an anxious time for adults and children. While we might think that we are able to shield children from the news and information about COVID-19, children usually catch on to much more than we realize. They are aware that their routines have changed and likely have noticed that their parents or caregivers are under a lot of stress right now. This is why it is so important to have honest and comforting conversations with young children about this pandemic.
As more families are staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that children are getting high-quality academic experiences has been a big challenge for educators and for parents. Because teaching young children is such a hands-on experience, trying to move to an online format can be tricky. HiMama recently shared a guide to online learning in early childhood, with learners from 0 to 5 years old. It shares what you need to know to get up and running with virtual teaching.
With so many of us sheltering in place and out of our daily routines, it can feel challenging to follow our usual schedules. However, during this time it is especially important for children to stick to a consistent schedule and routine so that they feel safe and secure. Singing songs during these routines can make these transitions fun.You might want to incorporate these songs into your daily activities, or, if your work is closed and you are not teaching, share them with parents who are now caring for their children full-time.
Stress and anxiety are natural responses to the uncertainty and disruption we are all experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are sheltering in place or still caring for children, this is a challenging and scary time. It is more important than ever to carve out some time to help yourself re-center. In this article, we share a few suggestions for decreasing stress and increasing mindfulness.
In this article, G2K shares a useful list of resources from Early Edge for adults in California who care for very young children during this time of pandemic, to that are “focused on minimizing the impacts on our youngest children and their families, will be helpful to you, and we encourage you to share them within your networks.”
Spring is a fun time to try new activities with young children. The new life and growth of flowers makes this a wonderful time to look at biology and science with young children. To help you and the children in your care find new ways to explore and investigate the changes of Spring, we are sharing some fun STEM-oriented options to try with young children. These each require only a few budget-friendly materials that you might already have on hand!