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Stuck at Home Survival Guide

Stuck at Home Survival Guide

During this uncertain time in our area, many of us are embracing a new reality. We're social distancing. We're working from home. We're avoiding crowds. We're doing our best to protect our friends and neighbors.

Even so, it's still hard to know precisely what to say to our children about everything that's going on. Or how to keep our families entertained when everything around us has shut down. That's where our "Stuck at Home Survival Guide" comes in.

We've assembled a variety of resources focusing on online educational options, parenting advice for these unprecedented times, and some recommendations for movies, games and other entertainment options (like virtual museum tours!) that will help you get through these next days and weeks together — and maybe learn a little something along the way.

Resources for Parents

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Tips from PBS Parents about how to reassure children with accurate and age-approproate information.

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Meet the Helpers

Meet the Helpers: Talking About Coronavirus

This is a great time to talk to children about the COVID-19 outbreak, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.

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PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

Is your child's school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS Kids' new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.

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Advice on Playdates

Maryland pediatrician Steve Silvestro recommends no playdates during the Coronavirus crisis. Learn why.

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Parenting During the Coronavirus Outbreak

From the education desk of KQED in San Francisco, a quick rundown of questions and answers about parenting in the age of Coronavirus. For more, listen to NPR's Life Kit podcast

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When School Is Closed: Resources to Keep Kids Learning at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these ideas to immerse kids in language and stories, build background knowledge, and inspire creative play.

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Health and Hygiene for Kids

Germs Germs Go Away | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Germs Germs Go Away: Illness Prevention for Kids

Germs germs go away. Don't come back any day. Help kids exercise their imaginations and learn to stay healthy with Daniel Tiger.

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Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid: Susie’s Song "The Journey of the Germ"

How germs travel from person to person in a catchy country song.

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It's Time for Daniel's Shot

Going to the Doctor's Office with Daniel Tiger & Mister Rogers

Through these episodes, clips, activities and articles, help children gain a much more thorough understanding of what a doctor’s visit entails.

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H is for Handwashington

H is for Handwashing | Sesame Street in Communities

In this online interactive, Raya and Elmo travel around the world to learn how people around the world clean their hands.

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Big Bird and Alan

Comfy Cozy Nest | Sesame Street in Communities Nest

Big Bird’s struggling after a confusing and scary thing happened. Alan helps him cope and recognize his feelings.  

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ABC Scrub With Me! | Super Why!

ABC Scrub With Me! | Super Why!

Why do we wash hands after we go potty, before we eat, after playing outdoors, after we sneeze on them? Germs! This fun activity helps kids visualize germs while practicing their alphabet skills.

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For Families: Things to Do at Home

Start with a Book

Themed Books and Activities for Parents

 Do your kids love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales? Start with a book … and open up a world of discovery and learning!

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Virtual Museum Tours | Travel + Leisure

Stuck at home? Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own couch.

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The Learning Network | The New York Times

Each week The Learning Network offers a dozen new ways for students to practice reading, writing and thinking using Times journalism — all free.

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Google for Education

Learn how to use Google's products and programs to enhance distance learning for children of all ages.

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A variety of fun education-themed icons including a robot, a microscope, and a protractor.

TED Talks to Watch with Kids

Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds.

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Video Games You Can Say Yes To | Common Sense Media

Kids can learn all kinds of things, from social studies to social skills, with these great apps and games. 

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Best Family Movies | Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media editors help you choose the perfect picks for your next family movie night.

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Educational Apps for Kids | Common Sense Media

You don't always have to pay big bucks for great educational games, apps, and websites: Lots of outstanding free options are only a click away.

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Arthur: Treehouse Designer

PBS Kids Games

Play games featuring characters from PBS KIDS favorites like Curious George, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger and Peg + Cat, organized by topic and difficulty level!

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Children's author/illustrator Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE.

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Smithsonian's National Zoo Webcams

Smithsonian's National Zoo Webcams

The National Zoo is temporarily closed to visitors, but you can still check in on the animals virtually.

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Crafts and Experiments for Kids

Crafts and Experiments for Kids

Find crafts and experiments for kids on PBS KIDS for Parents! Explore fun and educational activities for the whole family.

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Resources for Teachers and Educators

The CDC's Emergency Operations Center assists public health partners in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Credit: James Gathany/CDC

Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools

Multilingual fact sheets, infographics and more for schools to share with all staff and families, including families of English learners.

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PBS LearningMedia

Inspire your students with thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.

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Student Reporting Labs: Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs has created a special unit that covers the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting and video editing. 

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