Online Preschool Education @GanOnline
Anxiety Management Tools and Speaking with Children about COVID-19
Author: Beatrice Balfour
March 27, 2020
Thank you to Bathea James who gave a workshop for our staff about how to manage anxiety, and how to speak with children about COVID 19 and the current situation.
Here are a few tips.
- Take a break from the media which can be anxiety producing
- Take care of your body (e.g. yoga, exercise, take online gym classes, etc.)
- Take care of your mind (e.g. meditate, practice deep breathing, etc.)
- Listen to music
- Connect with others through Zoom and video calls
- Talk with people you trust about how you feel
- Make sure to rest
- Stay in the present and don’t worry about the future – there is plenty of time to worry about the future in the future!
- Make sure to fill your emotional bank doing at least a few of the activities listed above before you console others
- Do not pretend that nothing is going on
- Use developmentally appropriate language
- Reassure children that there are a lot of people keeping them safe
- Speak of COVID 19 in developmentally appropriate ways — for example saying that it’s a very harsh flu and that to protect ourselves and others we need to stay home
- Answer kids in developmentally appropriate ways but always honestly
- Normalize the situation for them
- Model appropriate coping strategies such as staying calm
- Limit social media
- Keep regular routines
Reading with Robin: Bear’s Pictures by Daniel Pinkwater
Author: Robin Mendelson
25 March 2020
How to grow sprouts at home?
Author: Naama Sadan
16 March 2020
Here is a video of a garden class (for best results, you should put a papertowel at the bottom of the strainer.)
In this video, we will learn about how things grow and will then try to grow our own sprouts.
For those of you who want a more detailed clip about growing sprouts please watch it HERE.
There is research that shows that touching plants and soil and for sure being in nature reduces stress and blood pressure, I hope you will find some ways to do that and keep your selves as stressless as possible.
Jelly Jam at the Time of COIVD 19
Author: Risa Lenore
15 March 2020
I usually visit downstairs with a story that we dance/act out though songs and movement activities, and Keshet gets movement songs!
To help with our social distancing measures, I compiled some of my movement songs home-video style on Vimeo this weekend to share with families who are home, and you can have a movement class in your living room if you follow the numbers 1-10- there is a nice flow. The unnumbered songs are fun additions-and you can learn new songs! Perhaps it will also bring some sense of normalcy.
These songs are meant to be modeled by adults, and if you learn the songs, you can even turn off the screen and do them without me!
Go to www.vimeo.com/jellyjamtime
Feel free to share with other families with young children.
May you be well in this time of uncertainty.