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As schools across the nation close their doors to protect our children, teachers, faculty and families from the spread of COVID-19, parents are feeling the ripple effect to transition their children into a new stay-at-home and learn-from-home way of life. Here are a few things that can help your children learn from home.


Schools follow a schedule and your new way of life (however long that may be) should follow suit. By mapping out your day, you not only create a routine for your child, but also build in time to get your work done. Build a framework around what your child was doing at school, for example:

  • When would they usually eat breakfast, snack and lunch?
  • When are they used to taking breaks, going outside or having recess?
  • When do they focus best, morning or afternoon?
  • Break the day into small chunks, how many subjects or areas are you covering?

Play Time

Once you know what has to be covered and you’ve created your framework, add in some time to imagine, create and build. These can be 15- to 30-minute blocks depending on your child’s age and attention span. Don’t feel like you have to play with them the entire time — let them play independently and use their imagination as well. The more they play the more they learn to play. For older children include screen time, facetime or texting with friends— we may be distancing ourselves physically, but they still need social interaction with their classmates, and we live in a digital world where that is at our fingertips.

Make it Fun

During times of crisis, children feel the effects of major changes taking place. One way to help ease the tension is by keeping learning fun. A few ideas you can try are:

  • Set a timer for each section of learning
  • Take music and dance breaks
  • Have 'Simon Says’ stretch breaks
  • Enjoy recreational reading time
  • Go outside and get some fresh air
  • Location change; try doing some lessons at the kitchen table, others on the couch or even outside if it’s a pretty day

When creating the schedule, include your child in the process. If they play a part in the schedule-making process they’re more likely to follow it themselves. Let them write it out, use colors, markers, paint, paper and stickers to break up the day and make it their own.

As always, if you have any questions Children’s Medical Center is here to help in any way we can. We are open and here to assist you during these unprecedented times. Call us and schedule an appointment to discuss any issues your child may be having as they adjust to this new way of home learning.

As the cases of coronavirus increase across the country, many families are asking, ‘how do I know if I have it or not?” Many of the symptoms (fever, chills, body aches and cough) are similar to that of the cold or flu. However, there are differences and that is what’s key to pay attention to as you monitor your family’s health. Let’s break down each one:

The Common Cold

A cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system that can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. Colds are contagious and can be passed to others with an incubation period of 1-7 days. It typically lasts 7-10 days depending on the strain. The most common symptoms of a cold are a runny and/or stuffy nose without a fever. Treatments include rest, fluids, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and over-the-counter medications.

Influenza or The Flu

The flu is also a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, but it can also infect the lower respiratory system. It is highly contagious with an incubation period of about 1-4 days and can last 5-14 days depending on its severity. Common symptoms of influenza are mild to high ever, headaches, cough, fatigue, body aches or pain. The flu can become severe causing pneumonia which could be fatal to some people. Treatment of the flu includes rest, fluids, acetaminophen and if caught early, an antiviral drug like Tamiflu.

Coronavirus or COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a relatively new type or strand of coronavirus that effects the upper respiratory system, and in some cases the lower respiratory system. It is extremely contagious spreading from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing. The incubation period is about 14 days, however there may be zero symptoms for the majority of the incubation period. Symptoms include cough, high fever and shortness of breath. The shortness of breath is the symptom that stands out from the cold and the flu. People with weakened immune systems can develop severe respiratory problems or kidney failure that may lead to death. A lab test is needed to confirm COVID-19. Current treatment of COVID-19 include rest, fluids, acetaminophen and respiratory support if symptoms become severe.  As of March 23, an antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 is not confirmed, but there are 4 treatments in the testing phase.

Our highest priority is the safety of you and all of our patients. If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus, please call us before coming into a Children’s Medical Center location.

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