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Resources for supporting kids during remote learning and social distancing

Talking about COVID-19 can be overwhelming to parents, so it can be even more challenging to share the right amount of information with kids. Here are a few resources to help you explain what's happening. 

Talking with kids

Video from two Illinois nurses explaining the COVID-19 virus to kids (Big Hollow School District 38)

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and other working with children (CDC)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)

Learning About the Coronavirus: Resources for Children and Families (Public Health Degrees)

When Something Scary Happens (PBS)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child (KidsHealth)

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

How to Prevent Loneliness During a Time of Social Distancing (Scientific American)

Managing workload

How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone (Greater Good Magazine)

Minimizing conflict over homework (University of Minnesota)

Stress and coping (CDC)

Maintaining your mental health (DuPage Health Department)

Mental health resources for kids (ACEs Connection)

Daily planner (Glen Crest teacher Ashley Sterba)

Weekly chore chart (Glen Crest teacher Ashley Sterba)

Weekly meal planner (Glen Crest teacher Ashley Sterba)

Keeping busy

A list of amazing online field trips (CCSD 89)

Art, music, science, and exploring you can do from home! (CCSD 89)

How to make a bandana mask or sew a pleated cloth mask (Big Hollow School District 38)

Avoid Cabin Fever With These 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis (Parade)

Coronavirus Help: Free educational resources for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 (MSN)

The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities (We Are Teachers)

The Great Glen Ellyn Scavenger Hunt (Glen Ellyn Public Library)

50+ Online Resources for Families (Park Ridge Library)


We will continue to add resources to this page. Have a resource to share? Email

Posted: March 22, 2020