Covid-19 Help: Explaining the Corona Virus to Kids

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With South Africa currently on lock down, Pixie has been struggling to understand the corona virus is so dangerous. I find it difficult to explain certain things at her level of understanding and sometimes just get it completely wrong.

There are so many resources out there to help people explain exactly what Corona virus is, so I thought I’d share what I found online to help others.

The Conversation website has great tips on how to answer questions your children are most likely to ask about Corona.

When stress is heightened — which it is for all of us right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic — children become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing them.

Helping children to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.

There have been many sites that have created Covid-19/Corona Virus worksheets and activities. Here are a few I have found so far.

The Dads Net shared this really awesome FREE Book which is great to explaining Covid-19, corona virus, to your children
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Twinkl has TONS of resources available and have opened up their site to help parents who are under quarantine. Here are their Covid-19 Resources.

FREE! – UKS2 What Is Coronavirus? Daily News PowerPoint With Teacher Guidance
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Daily News PowerPoint to help you answer questions about the coronavirus and discuss what they have seen in the news. It is written and designed for KS2 children. The Daily News PowerPoint includes factual information about what the coronavirus is and how people are working to stop it spreading. It also includes a slide to help children explore what they can do when they are upset by the news.

Coronavirus Social Situation
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If any of the children under your care are confused or worried about the coronavirus situation, this Coronavirus Social Situation might be just what they need.

This illustrated social story for kids uses child-friendly language to explain what COVID-19 is, as well as why many people are being asked to stay at home right now.

The information is delivered in a friendly and reassuring tone, with the aim to calm down children who might be scared and provide them with information on how they can stay healthy.

Coronavirus Diary
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Although school closures and learning from home present lots of challenges, it is possible to find and celebrate the positives.

It is also really important for well being to look for the positive side of this unprecedented situation.

Use this lovely diary page to help your child to record what they have done during the week, to record their physical activity, to celebrate the lovely things that have happened and to plan for the week ahead.

COVID-19: What Are Your Worries and How Can You Cope?
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This simple resource will help children to articulate their fears in the current pandemic and talk about ways in which to calm themselves.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting Pupils with SEND
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During school closures, schools are advised to make assessments on a case-by-case basis for pupils with SEND on an education, health and care (EHC) plan, based on health and safeguarding considerations. Our guide summarises the key guidance from the Department for Education as well as some guiding principles from NASEN.

Kiddie Charts has shared a Free Covid-19 time capsule worksheets.
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K5Learning has shared 6 Coronavirus Worksheets
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Understanding and avoiding Coronavirus for kids
Communicating with kids about Coronavirus is important to calm their fears and help them develop healthy habits. We’ve created some worksheets that we hope parents and teachers will find helpful. We’ve also listed some online resources about Coronavirus and kids below. Stay safe!

Mamma &m Bear has shared 28 free resources to help your children understand Coronavirus. She’s a fellow South African Mommy blogger.
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Have your children asked about the Corona virus? How are they coping with the lock down in your area?

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