Everyone is challenged to understand and cope with the new reality brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. Even young children. Below are a sampling of resources that have been developed for children that parents and caregivers can use to explain the pandemic, how to stay safe, and deal with the feelings of anxiety that result.
For Younger Children
Articles, interviews, videos, printables, and games for hard-to-teach topics including the Coronavirus and germ safety, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Different resources for PreK-3rd Grade, 4th - 5th Grade, and 6th - 12th Grade.
Printable social story to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be feeling. Spanish and Hindi translation available. From "Little Puddins - The Autism Educator"
Downloadable, free, eBook (12MB ePub) from Dr. Jillian Roberts gently introducing young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings.
For Older Students
Library vendor, Gale, has these academic resources (aimed at High School readers) for gaining a broader understanding and context of coronavirus, coronavirus infections, COVID-19, and more:
- How to talk with Children About COVID-19 - from Smithsonian Magazine
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting from COVID-19 - from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - from the ChildMind Institute
- NPR "Goats and Soda" Coronavirus Comic - Basic information for youth in a graphic format that can be read in the Blog or downloaded and folded into a zine. Chinese and Spanish translation available.
- Open Source Children's Books about the Coronavirus - Four PDF e-Storybooks from the Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan.
We'll update this list with more resources in the coming weeks. Do you have a favorite resource for helping kids cope with the coronavirus? Share it with us in the comments below!