Is your child still adjusting to the “new normal”? While your children are learning from home, it’s important for them to take breaks and get moving so they can stay focused and ready to learn! Here are some tips and reminders to help your student be healthy and active as the school year starts:
Try to get your child up and out of their seat every 90 minutes of school time. Remind them to get up and stretch, take a brisk walk outside, or do a quick scavenger hunt. There are also plenty of free movement break videos for kids online – check out Go Noodle: Good Energy, Stand Up Kids, and The Learning Station.
Turn off electronic devices during dinner and before bed to get a better night’s sleep. You could also designate one day of the weekend to be a “screen-free day” and spend time outdoors, read, or do fun activities together as a family – like one from this Play at Home Playbook.
When you do spend time in front of the T.V., have a family competition and see who can do the most jumping jacks or push-ups during the commercial breaks. Or put on one of these kid-friendly movement videos:
- UNICEF Kid Power is a dance, yoga and activity video platform that helps students feel energized and empowered.
- YMCA 360’s Kids classes are full of energy and fun for all members of the family.
- Physed TV has physical education videos for elementary, middle, and high school students.