The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is underway in many regions right now, which is a major turning point for beating the virus. But until everyone is fully vaccinated, people still need to be on guard.
After longer than a year of remaining mostly at home, nothing could be more understandable than parents who need new ways to keep their children entertained from home. Please read below for three new ideas that may help you.
Online Coding Lessons
STEM skills are a crucial part of any education, and every child loves playing video games. That’s why companies like Real Programming 4 Kids teach kids to code their own video games, so children learn STEM skills without even realizing they’re learning.
The best online coding classes teach young kids coding languages that professionals use all the time, like Python, Java, C#, C++. Some schools only teach more basic drag-and-drop languages, so pick one that has a smaller teacher-to-student ratio, so your child can get the attention and focus from the teacher they deserve.
Your child will be ahead of their peers should they learn coding in school, and they’ll be more prepared for the job market, too.
Read Something New
You couldn’t read all the books in the world if you had 1,000 lifetimes, but you can try! Everybody has gaps in what they’ve read, and it’s a comforting thought to imagine that there’s always a book you haven’t read that would become your favourite if you did.
Kids can read about whatever interest or hobby they have, like biographies about their favourite athlete or musician, but there’s a wide range of books that are age-appropriate. Young Adult novels could be ideal, though anyone will love great literature.
The great 20th-century prose master Vladimir Nabokov once called Tolstoy’s War and Peace “a rollicking historical novel for children,” but so long as your child reads anything at all, even if it’s not a 1,000+-page tome, that’s a good thing!
Practice Playing Music
Does your child play a musical instrument? If not, now’s a great time to learn, and if they do, they can practice.
Music is an extraordinary thing in that it’s a language, and when people “jam” together, it’s like they’re chatting together or having a dialogue. But unlike conversations in most languages, with music, everyone can speak simultaneously, and rather than cacophony, this sonic density makes a rich tapestry of sound.
Playing a musical instrument is a gift your kids will have for life, so get them playing and practicing now. Plus, when people can’t see each other face to face in indoor settings, sending friends and family little videos is a fantastic way to keep in touch and make your presence felt.
Nothing is more important than society’s collective health, and the efforts and sacrifices you’re making while at home now are helping in tremendous ways. Keep following the recommendations from health experts, and keep these tips above in mind if you’re looking for exciting things to do from home to keep your child’s mind busy.