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The Low Down on the Lock Down Impact of Covid-19

Updated on March 30, 2020
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Finding my inspiration through the voice of music and poetry. Being creative and finding ways in making life easier and smarter for others.

There’s no greater fear

that lurks

as a parent

your instinct is to protect

and bring put the perks


I too feel your fear

let me take it away

I never want to see you shed a tear

You young

You bold

You are the future of tomorrow

You shouldn’t need to deal with any pain

or any sorrow


Your mind

Your body

Your strength is interwoven

You are always so brave

Your maturity has proven


In your eyes they sparkle when you light them

I love the sight of your joy and happiness

it’s in your smile

that’s where it stems

it’s in the energy you avail

brings me optimism that greater good will prevail

Focus on things that we can control

The first thing we do is change our mindset. We have to manage our own time and create structure for ourselves. This is so important for all of us, but especially for our children.

Schools in particular have been identified as one of the biggest threats in terms of the transmission. The drastic step of closing schools has become necessary but still need to ensure that measures are put in place to mitigate the impact for our children.

The school closure and the world on lock down, there is only so much the kids can handle with being indoors until it turns into monotony.

It is always important to note, if we don’t keep the kids constructive or creative in some way, every few minutes you are going to hear, “I am so bored”, “there’s nothing to do” or “he started it”

The next to note, is that if we are not proactive in keeping with the curriculum and routine, they could face the possibility of being overloaded with information on the bases of catching up.

I received an interesting daily schedule to work around for the children.

Source

My kids challenged me on coming up more ideas to fill their time. So I looked further into seeing what other form of educational activities are available.

Bright ideas

  1. I found out that Amazon has cancelled subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages during the school closure period, whereby they can stream a collection of stories, of different languages to aid the learning process. You may do so on your laptop, phone, or tablet.
  2. ABCYa is the leader in educational games from Grade Preschool through to Grade 6 with engaging math, reading, typing, logical sequence. My kids enjoy working on the range of activities. Reading for pleasure, practicing time-tables and equations which are of the utmost importance. The activities are grade appropriate and will certainly assist in revision, enhancement as well as enrichment exercises. The kids attempt the higher grade activities which I think is a plus.
  3. I recently tasked my children to show their poetic side and get creative, the outcome was impressive, I then posted on HubPages, my children felt so inspired by the feedback, they continue to write after their homeschool work is done.
  4. Some art work lessons, my kids use a scrap book, colour pens and we are all set for art class. I did get them canvas and paint, so they made some lovely art pieces for their rooms.
  5. Creating an indoor mini garden, keeping the kids responsible in maintaining and and see their mini garden come to life. Take empty disposable yoghurt or cupcake trays - Some potting soil - Plant seeds for your choice of flowers or herbs for cooking - Must remember to water it as required
  6. Maintain a daily routine as much as possible - go to bed and get up at normal times
  7. Don't socialise with anyone outside of your immediate family or people that share your household
  8. As tempting as it may be, don't spend your days on the couch eating junk food
  9. Maintain a healthy diet
  10. Drink lots of water
  11. Find a space at home or in the garden and exercise
  12. Get into the sun, as sunshine builds our immune system
  13. Play board games like Monopoly, Jenga, some puzzles, it stimulates the mind and create bonds with those in your household
  14. An interesting online interactive games I came across called "Mouthful" or "Heads-Up"
  15. Stay connected to people via technology such as video calls and social mediums of communication

Related links:

  1. Amazon books and audio stories for children and students of all ages during the school closure period, link: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
  2. ABCYa, the leader in educational games link: https://www.abcya.com
  3. The poem written by my children on HubPages, A view into a child's perception of life

© 2020 Mitara N

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    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Thank you for your engaging comment, Mr Muralikrishna

      I welcome your suggestion, given the lockdown, the morning walk will be confined to the home parameter, so that timeline will be shortened. Mild exercises is an excellent idea

      Always appreciative and welcome your comments

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Thank you for your comment Liz,

      It's always good to stay active, and make the most of any situation.

      Be safe

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      12 months ago from South India

      Hi, Ms Mitara, it was nice to read your article. If I suggest, you can cut down your 9 AM to 10 AM morning walk and do some mild exercises at home during the Coronavirus transmission days. Then, if you have access to some immunomodulator natural herbs, you can consider having it. I have found out a couple of them in my yard. Consider reading my article: http://hub.me/anpsx

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      This gives some useful ideas and suggestions at this unprecedented time.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      My good friend Ruby, thank you for the compliment, glad I am on the right track.

      Be safe, and I always appreciate your comments

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Your idea's are really great ones and if I had a small child I would certainly use them. Hang in, we will get through this uncertain time.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Holly

      I am humbled thank you, so good to hear it's cool. Always good to be proactive, and adjust your kids well, so there is no work overload for them when its considered to be back to normal, lol.

      Always appreciate your comments

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Laurinzo,

      Absolutely, I understand that it being uncharted territory. Come time for catch up, the kids will then be bombarded with work overload, and be expected to make their own means in absorbing the overload. Thought it would be in their best interest.

      Thank you and always appreciate your comments

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      Holley Morgan 

      12 months ago from Upstate New York

      This is a cool list of ideas and even better that you tested them beforehand to let us know how it went. :-) My hope is that we all come out of this time embracing our creativity more, making more time for it once things have gone back to "normal."

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      Laurinzoscott 

      12 months ago from Kanab, Utah

      Great. Article Mitara N, a subject we dont hear a lot abour is how this is hurting little ones...Great article

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Lol, that must be a handful and a half, plus entertaining all at the same time. The joys of being a parent.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      It's more a thing of in keeping their routine of school, yes, they do have more activity time than the usual of school. Given the extended period of time aside from school holiday, I would like to know that I managed to cover some extent of the curriculum.

      Thanks Kyler, that's why I am looking to get some activities that will entertain and empower their minds at the same time.

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      flourishingflavors 

      12 months ago

      I'm just trying to keep my kid from destroying the house lol but hes 2

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      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      I'm surprised your kids are so willing to adhere to a structured system during this time when everyone is out of school and work. Then again, I know you are an amazing parent that makes everything fun and interesting so I quell my own disbelief!

      Great article!

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