Almost a year into the pandemic, and COVID-19 is not showing signs of slowing. New strains are causing new lockdowns all across the globe, and it only takes one positive result to shutter your child’s preschool. So how do you keep your child happy, healthy, and engaged without relying on screens all day?
The most important thing is to set aside dedicated time and seek out enriching and educational activities that can keep both their bodies and minds busy.
Here are a few of our suggestions;
-Teach Them About Health
There has never been a better time to teach your preschooler about the importance of health and personal hygiene. Explain how germs spread while reinforcing the importance of hand washing, sneezing/coughing into their arm, or the practice of social distancing. These lessons will help keep them safe for a lifetime!
-Maintain A School-like Schedule
Try not to let children grow accustomed to lounging all day, as it may be difficult to get them back into a routine once lockdowns are lifted. Maintain a structured schedule that resembles theirs at school. These should include time for school work during normal school hours.
Your child also needs to stay active. Look for fun movement games or activities- there are dozens of great resources online that can be utilized- get creative with items around the house! Walking/playing outdoors in the open air is also an easy way to get active.
-Use Technology to Stay Connected to Friends and Family
Parties and playdates are still higher risk activities- especially if school is closed for a positive case. However, video-conferencing programs are still
an option. Arrange virtual meetups with the parents of your child’s friends to stay connected.
-Consider Registering with A Virtual Preschool
More NYC based preschools are beginning to offer online preschool options, as an alternative to in-person instruction. This can also be beneficial for parents looking to supplement school learning at home.
Online schools can engage and educate your child and offer socialization
opportunities that might otherwise be hard to find during a lockdown.
Playgarden Prep is a superb multi-faceted preschool program that currently offers both in-person and online classes. We offer a robust curriculum intended to enrich your child while giving them a substantial head start in
their first educational years! Click here to learn more about us!