Discover weekly guides for distance learning, social-emotional learning, and health and wellness!
Weekly At-Home Learning Guides
Babies: Ages 0-1
Toddlers: Ages 1-2
Discovery Preschoolers: Age 2
Preschoolers: Age 3
Prekindergarteners: Age 4
Adapted from our curriculum, activities in this guide bring classroom learning home. Many can be explored independently after a quick setup and some practice with an adult, freeing up time for your work or daily responsibilities.
Kindergarteners: Ages 5–6
For more educational support, check out the online learning resources below. See our suggestions for screen time limits in the “More Resources” section of this page.
- Scholastic Learn at Home has daily activities for K–9 that connect science and literacy, including videos, read-alouds, digital books, and content-related games.
- Dreambox is a game-base, K–8 math experience that’s customizable to your child’s grade and features grade-specific skills your child can explore and unlock.
School-Agers: Ages 5+
- Need guidance for talking to your kids about the coronavirus? We’re here to help.
- Reading together is a powerful learning activity for kids. Good thing we’ve got recommendations for books galore!
- Time inside might mean more “plugging in” than usual. Our screen time tips for digital learners can help.
- Meet Dr. Ray Fabius, the expert guiding our coronavirus response, and read his tips for families on dealing with anxiety and staying healthy at home.
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Social and emotional learning
Teaching social and emotional skills
Learning to identify and express emotions as well as how to get along with others is a big part of what children are learning in their early years. Those tantrums and sibling rivalry are all a part of the learning journey. In this section you’ll find ideas for how you can help your child develop the skills needed to navigate their emotions and build healthy relationships with themselves and others. An added perk: by proactively teaching your children these skills you’ll see less of those tantrums and sibling rivalry.
- Create calming or active spaces at home that support emotional skills and appropriate interactions with their surroundings.
- All this time at home with you can mean big feelings when it’s time to go back to work. But we’re here to help make the transition easier in our KinderCare centers! Here’s a story you can read to them to help manage their separation anxiety and get them ready for the change.
- Use the metaphor of a piggy bank to model healthy emotional relationships through social play.
- Create family commitments together with kids 3 years old and up! These guidelines create structures for good behaviors without a list of “don’ts” or commands.
- Try these books and activities for helping kids learn and practice emotional literacy.
Dealing with big feelings
When it comes to those not-so-desirable behaviors (hitting, kicking, yelling, whining, biting—you name it!), it’s important to remember a couple of things:
- Kids use behavior as a form of communication. We may not always understand what they’re trying to tell us, but it always has meaning.
- Kids need opportunities to learn positive behaviors. Just like reading or learning to write their name, kids need to be shown what desirable behaviors look like and then given lots of opportunities to practice.
In this section you’ll find ideas for helping your child learn to understand their feelings and find safe, appropriate ways of expressing themselves.
- We all have big feelings that sometimes get the best of us. By connecting with your child before correcting their behaviors, you’ll help them better understand their emotions.
Taking care of yourself
To take care of your family, it’s important to take care of yourself. That can be tough though with the many demands we’re faced with each day. We’ve included some quick and simple ways to cope with your own stress and emotions so you’re in a better place to help your family do the same.
- Sometimes all you need to feel more positive is to remind yourself of the good around you. Try this trick for identifying three good things (then help your child do the same!).
Nutrition for growing minds and bodies
To help, we’ve compiled some guidance for keeping their diets consistent with the nutrition they’d be getting in our centers. Plus, you’ll find some helpful time-saving tips for simpler, wholesome mealtimes.
What and how we serve
- Help boost your baby’s health by dishing up these five immune-boosting foods they’re sure to love!
- Kids eating you out of house and home? What’s a normal amount of food for them to have every day? It’s all about portions and schedules. Here are some tips for mealtime schedules and portion sizes.
- Is it time to say bye-bye to pureed baby foods? We have a guide for baby’s first finger foods for exploring new tastes and textures!
- Our centers are pausing our family-style dining practices right now, but guess what … we got the practice from families like you! Read about how to try family-style dining at home to help foster healthy eating, independence, etiquette, and more!
Health and wellness
- When the days at home seem endless, it can be hard to stay focused and present even during breaks with family. But mindful eating practices are not only good for the mind and body, they foster the best family conversations, too.
- A microbiome is the genetic material encoded by a living population of organisms (microbiota, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that resides both inside and on our bodies. And they’re crucial to our overall health. Here’s a little science on how a healthy gut supports a healthy mind supports a healthy body!
Time-saving recipes and resources
- Sometimes the simplest dinner recipes are the yummiest! Ingredients in this Easy Veggie Pot Pie recipe are pantry staples, or can be substituted for other veggies they love. The best part is prep is less than 30 minutes.
- Burritos are great for any meal as far as we’re concerned. Making slow-cooker chicken or veggie burritos is a wrap with this recipe filled with nutritious favorites. Substitute chicken for eggs or scrambled tofu to make it breakfast. Or sub any of the veggies for their favorites!