Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day. There are also educational links listed to stay connected with your mind.
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For All Ages
Connecting with Others
- Call or FaceTime a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter.
- Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for takeout or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you. Click here for a full list of our local Santa Fe Springs restaurants.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- 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.
Exercise your Brain
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Visit City of Santa Fe Springs Library - The library has lots of streaming services free for its patrons.
- 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.
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
Connecting with Others
- Hold a virtual play date through FaceTime.
- 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.
- A Window Between Worlds - Self-led art workshops are available as a way to explore your feelings.
- 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.
- Story Time with the Stars - Watch a famous star read a children's book.
- Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theater, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
Nature and Virtual Travel
Just for Fun
- All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
- The Kids Should See This - Watch many kid-friendly videos.
- Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities
- Crayola - Create your own coloring cook for free coloring pages.
- Biodiversity Bingo - Want a scavenger hunt you can do in your own backyard? Download the bingo card so kids can look around your backyard and try to find enough biodiversity.
- 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
- Girls Who Code - Close the gender gap in technology & change the image of what a programmer looks like.
- Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine
- ECB - Games to get "into the book"
- Aquarium Academy - Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific for online activities and a schedule of interactive live programs.
- 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.
- Science Fun - Create experiments you can do at home.
- The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
- Distance Learning - Explore free learning resources for every subject and topic.
- Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
- PBS Learning - Pre K-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
- Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
- National Oceanic - Learn more about the oceans with different educational materials for children.
- 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.