With schools closing across the U.S. to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, PBS KIDS is launching a daily email newsletter to provide free resources to parents coping with educating children at home. The daily missive will offer educational activities designed to keep children engaged, and create opportunities for both learning and playtime during this uncertain time.
For example, the launch edition invites families to explore creative problem solving with Pinkalicoius & Peterrific, make art and stories with a new game called Scribbles & Ink, create your own board game or flex your storytelling muscles with a printable worksheet. The emails will also include informative articles for parents to help them guide and understand their children’s learning process.
Sign up for the daily newsletter here.
PBS KIDS is also a solid source of resources to help families understand and address COVID-19, including tips for parents on how to talk to children about the pandemic, such as:
- Share age appropriate facts and keep it simple.
- Assure children they are safe.
- Emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters,” such as washing your hands and practicing healthy habits.
The kid-focused pubcaster is also sharing tips on how parents and children can de-stress, including practicing deep breathing, turning down the “FireHOSE” (Am I hungry? Am I overstimulated? Do I need to sleep? Do I need to exercise?), and seizing the opportunity to take positive action together.