We have compiled learning activities, example videos, and digital resources that are aligned with the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards to continue and reinforce your child's education. Parents and caregivers should promote good screen time practices when students are online continuing their studies, playing games, or socializing with friends and family.
- PBIS World
This website gives appropriate strategies to support students with their social-emotional and behavioral needs.
- Reading is Fundamental Activity Center
Let the young children in your life explore resources about fairness on their own. This vetted, safe, and appropriate set of activities – including puzzles, games, and more – are ready for kids in grades Pre-K to 3 to use independently.
Conversation and Reflection
- Conversation Starters for Families
Sometimes the hardest challenge is finding the right question to ask. This resource provides a multitude of questions to start conversations in the car, at the table, or when you have a few minutes to chat
- Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery
Before we can understand others, we must understand ourselves. This resource provides 30 prompts to start children writing, or drawing and acting, as they learn more about themselves.
- Giraffe Heroes Project
Giraffe heroes are regular people who are willing to stick their neck out for others – compassionate risk takers. This resource has a database of heroes to explore and activities for students.
- Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens + Tips
Mindfulness, the joy of being, can help children slow down and understand the world around them, and their inner thoughts and feelings. This resource provides activities for children of all ages.
- Social-Emotional Learning Games to Play with Your Child
Learning to manage our own emotions while be sensitive to others is a challenge that all children face. This site provides five games that families can play to sharpen their social and emotional skills, no tech required
Stress and Anxiety
- Mental Health First Aid: Helping Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- Mental Health First Aid: Supporting a Loved One Going Through COVID-19
- NAMI Help Line: COVID-19 Information and Resources
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Hotline
- Scientific American: How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing
Talking with your children about the Coronavirus
Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers
- Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Kids Health is a nonprofit children’s health system that aims to give families the tools and confidence to make the best health choices.
Teens Talk About Stress (Video)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Preventing the Spread
Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do
The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to the New Coronavirus
Coronavirus Coloring Book
- My Hero is You, a Storybook for Children on COVID-19 (K - 4th grade)
This online book is written by children from around the world in the face of COVID-19 and is a resource for children and families to talk about their feelings and mental health in light of the crisis. It is available in English and in 16 other languages. It is meant for children to read with an adult.
- National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary
- NPR: Just For Kids
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- PBS Parents
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Mental Health Mississippi
Access to local mental health services and resources for children and adults
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or text "Home" to 741741 to text with a Crisis Text Line counselor (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Mississippi Department of Mental Health
Keep Up Enjoyable Activities
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Some quick tips on how to cope include:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- Take care of your physical health by eating well and getting exercise.
- Keep a sense of hope and positivity with your thoughts and interactions.
- Even when practicing social distancing, you can connect with others. Make time to have phone calls or video chats with your friends and loved ones.