As with everything in life, social distancing comes with both pros and cons, especially in the classroom. One major con is that it inhibits important developmental milestones which require in person interactions with others, especially peers. Kids are prone to boredom. They require socialization to enable a healthy and normal growth curve. Children learn many behaviors from mimicking others including appropriate social cues. Yet, millions of children across the nation are attending classes for the first time and learning in front of a screen in the comfort of their own homes. There is no doubt that the lack of a school structure creates very distracted children.
Socially distant guidelines have created many developmental challenges and obstacles for parents and teachers over the past eleven months. Many teachers are educating our children via video chat while parents attempt to become teachers and provide a classroom-like environment at home. And many struggle with ways to incorporate socially distant activities inside and outside of their classroom. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, how have you entertained your bored children or engaged them with socially distant and educational activities?
Whether you are ready to open up the social ring or prefer to limit social interactions with virtual activities, there are many ways to have fun or engaging and still be safe. With warmer weather right around the corner, taking socially distant activities outdoors whenever possible is important to the overall health and well-being of our children. After all, they have been cooped up inside for months and spend the majority of their time on a screen!