What To Do At Home During Community Quarantine, According To Our Hip & Happening Moms
This period brings out the creativity and resourcefulness in them—check out their ideas on things you and your family can do at home
It's only been a few days since Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine (some areas have been declared under extreme enhanced community quarantine) due to the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. The question on people's minds now—parents, especially—is "what to do at home?"
Thinking and coming up with activities to educate and entertain the kids even during weekends can be challenging as it is, so you can just imagine how creative, resourceful, and innovative parents now must be to ensure the whole month of quarantine will still be fun, productive, and meaningful for the whole family.
For a lot of parents now, like Bianca Elizalde and Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, homeschooling is key and whatever the medium may be, it's important to consistently think of ways to engage the kids and pique their interest.
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DAY 3. I never thought of myself as capable of home schooling my kids, but for the time being, we do what we have to do! 🤪 I am by no means an expert on teaching kids, but to my fellow career-oriented moms trying to adjust to all this time at home, I just want to share what we did today: . 1. We started off with Kuya Robert's Art Class online (To interested parents, the schedule and videos are on facebook.com/kuya.robert 💯 You are amazing, @robert_alejandro!!!) 2. We did flashcards exercises: shapes, colors, letters, numbers 3. We did basic writing exercises of three letter words 4. Last activity was Lucia choosing two story books she wanted me to read to her 5. We ended with a song and a prayer . Before class, we both changed into clothes we would actually wear to school and work, so that we both feel it is really a different part of our day at home! We ended the class and I changed her back into her house clothes in time for lunch. . It is my first time to do this, and it was not as bad as I thought hahaha. Let us see how I will fare in the coming days. 😂 Good luck to us! . Other websites parents can check for learning materials for their kids: https://allinonehomeschool.com/ https://www.funbrain.com/ https://www.splashlearn.com/ https://www.storylineonline.net/ https://pbskids.org/ https://www.highlightskids.com/ https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ https://www.coolmath4kids.com/ http://www.mathgametime.com/ http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ https://www.switchzoo.com/ https://www.seussville.com/ https://www.turtlediary.com/ https://www.e-learningforkids.org/ . (Thank you @saabmagalona for sharing!)
Below, we asked our Hip & Happening moms for their recommendation on how to maximize this time at home with the kids:
"It’s been about going back to basics and getting creative with what we have at home. With homeschooling, my kids take turns in helping each other with their work. We got to identify their strengths, but it was also an opportunity to see what needs more attention and work as well. We also try to balance it with other fun things, like the other day, I taught them old-school games like langit-lupa and agawan base! Why did it take me so long to teach it to them? This was so much a part of my childhood. They loved it! Exercising has also become a daily thing now. We also turned to doing art activities. For instance, recycling materials like old magazines etc and finding ways to make them to turn them into useful pieces of art."
"I will be doing a lot of working out to pass the time. Also, lining up activities with the kids while we're at home, like cooking and sports and other games. We also have a ton of homework from school to finish. I will also be doing a lot of cleaning up and de-cluttering and organizing like many people are doing now since it is the perfect opportunity. We are all hoping this situation pacifies soon."
"Right now, we are trying to get used to home school learning which is all coursed through an iPad. But the most important lesson of all is the lesson on empathy, especially in the midst of this global pandemic. I take this time to teach my daughter the importance of giving, donating, and helping out."
"We were at the beach when the announcement was made, so we decided to stay here. I’m taking this opportunity to teach my children how to swim. We are also introducing them to a lot of nature and teaching them how to respect and take care of the environment. It's also a good time to teach them the importance of food and not to be picky about it. It’s only been a couple of days but I noticed that they are actually becoming more creative in terms of play since they don’t have much toys here. As a family, we are taking it a day at a time, with the perspective of not making this temporary situation a wasted opportunity. I think the possibilities are endless if we adapt this perspective for the next couple of weeks, don’t you think ?"
"I’m actually doing all the chores in the house that I was delaying due to lack of time. We are baking and cooking together with my daughter—pizza night one day, banana bread other day, chocolate sweet the next one—and we are also doing school assignments since she didn’t finish school yet. We are watching movies together but the truth is, we haven’t changed much of our routine since we usually have this kind of lifestyle. We always rather stay home than outside."
"I’ve prepared a schedule for my kids to keep them busy, tackling different subjects as well as trying out various methods of learning depending on my child. My husband and I are very intentional and involved from day 1, so we find this quite fun, making us closer to each other during this time."
"We’re doing a bit of a schedule so the kids won’t be glued to their gadgets/TV the whole day. They help me with chores (fix their bed, prep food, and clean, to name a few), and we’ve been playing board games the past few days. We also allot an hour or two to read a book and by tomorrow, I will encourage them to workout with me."