Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Here’s some ideas to try each day!
For All Ages
Connecting with Others
- Call or Facetime/Skype a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter.
- Support a local restaurant or business! Many restaurants are still open for takeout or delivery orders and several retailers are offering curbside pickup!
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Mental Health Resources
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- The Joplin Health Department has a wealth of information, including local resources, to contact if you are struggling with stress and anxiety about the pandemic.
- Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
- Talking to Kids about COVID-19 - Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.
Support Local Organizations
- Buy a gift card to your favorite local business! Visit Support Joplin or Our Four States today!
- Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
- Community Foundation of the Ozarks - Joplin Affiliate
- United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas
Working and Teaching your Kids from Home
- A Better Way to Homeschool - A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn. Preschool through 8th grade.
- Tips for Working from Home - Advice from PC Magazine for those who are able to work from home.
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
Connecting with Others
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime or Messenger Kids.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- Over Coming Obstacles - Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
Visual and Performing Arts
- Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
- FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of idea, templates and print outs.
- Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas
- Online digital coloring pages at www.thecolor.com.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
- Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
- Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
Nature and Virtual Travel
- Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Virtual Museum Tours - Visit museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- Virtual Field Trips - Take a trip to a number of museums, zoos, aquariums and landmarks around the world.
- San Diego Zoo - Check out their live animal cams and videos.
- The Environmental Nature Center - Educational videos geared towards school-aged children.
- Aquarium of the Pacific - A collection of webinars, live-cam footage and classes for all ages.
- Nat Geo Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
- Gardening - Guide to gardening for kids
- Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
Just for Fun
- All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
- Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
- Maker Stations - 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
- Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
STEM and Educational Resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine
- ECB - Games to get "into the book"
- Conjuguemos - Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
- Instructables - 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects
- Science Spot - Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
- The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
- Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
- PBS Learning- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
- Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
- Brainscape - Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
- Banzai - Exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
- 30 Educational Netflix Shows - List of educational shows on Netflix for all ages.