As we practicing social distancing, our hope is to provide you with resources and virtual community during this time. Our support groups are postponed until further notice. Below you will find resources, suggested kids’ activities and reflection tools utilized by the support groups.
May 1, 2020
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
April 10, 2020
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) — Romans 3:3-5
As Christians, we are not promised a life without turmoil or struggles. We are promised a sense of peace unparalleled to anything we have felt before. Find peace in the Lord and holdfast to your faith.
April 3, 2020
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. — Mark 4:39
March 27, 2020
“Stop thinking about what could go wrong, and start being excited aboouot what could go right.”-Anonymous
Life as we knew it has changed so much, and some, for the positive. Neighbors are chatting over the fence more frequently and friends across the country are picking up their phones to call each other. The heart of humanity is coming alive within our commmunity.
March 20, 2020
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9-10
Our hearts go out the families impacted by the COVID-19 virus worldwide. We are aware of the impact that this is having on your household. With the schools being closed, your household may now be experiencing additional dysregulation and a loss of routine. Please understand that Help One Child is still here for you. We believe now more than ever there is a need for community and encouragement. In an attempt to support our network through the means that we have, we will be sending bi-monthly emails with additional resources for your family.
From tiny problems to an emergency. Help your child learn and develop their problem-solving skills with this chart
An award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Storyline Online is FREE DURING COVID-19. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator.
“Roblox, Snapchat, Minecraft, Thomas the Train, and whatever else these techies are throwing our way! Even Sesame Street can be addicting. How can we navigate the electronic world without losing our minds? How much is too much and where do we set the boundary? What if nobody listens? Then what? Let’s talk electronics and all it entails.” Peace and Parenting Podcast with Michelle Kenny Carlson
First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish.
Leo District 4-C4 Program is designed to provided entertainment and tutoring for kids of all ages. A team of volunteers who have been professionally trained will be playing online with kids that are signed up for the program. There are a wide range of activities that can be done, such as read-alongs, karaoke, online drawing games, etc.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the word of the moment. As adults, we’re inundated with information and uncertainty coming from multiple sources – how must the kids feel? Here’s a guide from our friends at the Fred Rogers Center on how to broach the difficult conversation of a global pandemic with children, who are both curious and scared.
Heather Ann has been a school teacher for 25 years and recognizes the difference between choosing to homeschool their children vs being forced to play the teacher role during this crisis. Here are her resources, support, and encouragement.
An article from Greater Good Magazine with six questions included: Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine
If you’re sheltering in place, be sure to check in with yourself.
BY BROOKE ANDERSON | MARCH 24, 2020
Do you have an adopted teen? Here are 6 questions every adopted teen wants answered. Now is a wonderful time to address comonly asked questions from your teens. Spending three weeks together at home may provide a good oportunity for bonding over hard to digest questions.
Teaching Tolerance shares a trauma-informed approach to teaching during the Coronavirus pandemic.
For everyone in the Bay Area, it feels like life has been disrupted over the last few weeks. It can cause anxiety, so check out this PBS guide for how to de-stress as a family.
Accessing Adoption Support and Preservation Services provided both before and after adoption, adoption support and preservation services can help you and your family with a wide range of issues. These services are available for everything from learning how to explain adoption to your preschooler, to helping address the needs of a child who has experienced early childhood abuse and trauma, to supporting your adopted teen’s search for identity.
Do you have a child who is sensory challenged or has special needs? Read on for the top 10 toys and games for children with special needs. You may already have some of these items at home!
Check out the Berry’s free online book: The Weary Parent’s Guide to Escaping Exhaustion: A Realistic 9 Day Plan to Finally Get the Rest You Need. The Berry’s also offered podcasts and blogs if you’re needing some ideas and support with your foster, adoptive or kinship children.
Thinking about therapy for your family? Here is a wonderful resource on finding and working with adoption competent therapists.
- Let’s Wash Our Hands!
- Visit 5 National Parks Virtually
- Children’s Discovery Museum: Ice Exploration
- SciShwo Kids
- Mo Willems “Lunch Hour Doodle”
- Virtual Field Trips: Museums, Aquariums, Countries, and Zoos
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Virutal Field Trips
- Getting Active Indoors
- Creating An At-Home Learning Schedule
- 50 Quick Activities
- Art With Mrs. Bartz
- Virtual Visual Arts
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Conscious Stories Teaching Aids
- Day by Day Learn at Home
- 30 Virtual Field Trips
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