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The new school year is well in swing, but there will always be multiple fears. Especially now with the pandemic, parents have reservations and concerns for their child’s wellbeing while at school.

The fears of your child’s safety against the virus. The fear that your children will adjust the new strict rules. And also, the fear that the cases will get out of control, and the schools will be forced to shut down.
Having said that, what do kids need this year to get back to school routine and be safe at the same time? The list looks quite different to previous years. But small changes, can make a big difference!

 

 

1. Their own school supplies
It might be clever to send your kids to school with their own set of stationery and have them all labelled! This simply helps reduce the chance of spread of any other virus, not just Covid 19!

 

2. Hand Sanitizer

Even though hand sanitiser should never replace proper hand washing, always include hand sanitiser in your kids’ bag, or in easy access, so they get into the habit on their own of sanitising their hands frequently. This will help in case they touch their face unknowingly, so they can be better protected.

 

3. Face Masks

Face Masks have become a part of our life now. Whether we like it or not, it is one of the most efficient ways of both protecting ourselves and others. Let the kids choose their own face mask to make them feel more comfortable wearing it for extended periods of time. Just remember to have a few available so that you can wash them frequently!

 

4. Personalised Mask lanyards

These lanyards and cute and inexpensive. These help in keeping the mask off the ground and they also help kids so as to not lose masks. They make wearing a mask at school just that little bit more fun!

 

5. Clean school uniform daily

The virus can potentially stay on your clothes for extended periods of time, so it is clever to invest either in a dryer and dry uniforms quicker, or a spare set. Every day when the kids come home, they should change immediately into clean clothes and put their uniforms straight in the washer.

 

6. Headphones

If your child is one of those who is still learning online, now might be a good time to invest in some good headphones, that are comfortable and unique. It also might be a good idea to get wireless headphones, just in case children decide to get off their chair and wander, without pulling off the laptop or tablet!

 

7. Lunchboxes

The rules for kids’ lunches may be stricter now with Covid 19, so make it a bit easier by buying them a new lunchbox of their choice and offering a varied choice of snacks. Our favourite choice for lunchboxes is @citrondubai. Do you own one of their lunchboxes?

 

8. Keep them home if they are sick
It is recommended to keep your children home if they feel under the weather. It may be tough for you (i.e. needing to take a day off work), but in the long run it will help their immunity, by reducing their chances of getting sicker at school. Having said that, make sure you up your kids’ vitamin intake and make sure they have adequate sleep and vegetables in their diet to maintain their immunity during these different times!
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Educational


 


Before Covid – 19 affected everybody’s lives, online learning was present in quite a few households. Whether it was because parents made the decision to completely home school their children or simply because their kids needed extra support outside of their regular school. Either way, a multitude of app and websites to help and support your child’s learning journey are available.


We have made a list of our favourite apps for different age groups and aims of development. 

Best for Babies

Name: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words
Ages : 1 and up (although 2 if you’re super strict about screen time!)
  it about? If you kids love the classic Eric Carle book, they will love this interactive app also with swiping and listening to the animal sounds. It teaches them also to listen to instructions. It really brings the story to life!

 

Best for Toddlers

Name: Khan Academy Kids
Ages: 2 to 7
What’s it about?: The activities are fun and engaging — and seemingly endless. Including stories, tracing letters and phonics. There is even introduction to simple math and reading exercises.

 

Best for Quiet Time

Name: Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
Ages: 3 and up
What’s it about?: This is all about mindfulness and calm breathing techniques. It helps the kids calm down and cope with problems. The App even has a section for adults with further advice also. 

 

Best for Thinking

Name: Build a Truck – by Duck Duck Moose
Ages: 3 and up
What’s it about?: Kids get to design their own truck by selecting inventive parts with which to construct trucks, spray-paint and decorate and then they choose a race course, complete with obstacles.

 

Best for Math & Older Kids

Name: Coolmath Games

Ages: 13 Plus

What’s it about? It features various math activities and games and is also a brain-training app, where logic & thinking meet fun and games. It includes lots of challenges and (fun ones too) so you don’t even realise you are giving your brain a workout! 

 

Best for Teaching Numbers

Name: Fish School

Ages: 2 and up

What’s it about? The app exposes your preschooler to important concepts like letters, numbers, shapes, colors, matching, and more. Kids can make the fish swim and do funny things with a simple touch and drag. 

 

Best for Phonics

Name: Phonics Ninja

Ages: 4 and up 

What’s it about? Kids can splash and slash all and even choose different levels of difficulty as your child progresses. You can even record your voice to help your child along the way! 

 

Best for Learning about Science

Name: Science360

Ages: 12 and up

What’s it about? The National Science Foundation’s Science360 app, brings cutting-edge science and engineering news, images, and video right to your child’s fingertips. All content is either produced by the NSF or gathered from scientists and universities around the world, ensuring your child is receiving the best quality information out there.

 

Best for Learning Coding

Name: Scratch Jr.

Ages: 5 and up

What’s it about? It is all about teaching kids the basics of coding. Designed by researchers at MIT, your kids will not only learn to code but also learn all about problem solving, design, and how to create their own stories. 

 

Best for Learning another Language

Name: Duolingo

Ages: 6 and up

What’s is about? Want your kids to learn Spanish (or French, German, Portuguese, or Italian) in no time, then this is the app for you!  It is full of mini lessons for visual learners and revolves around repetition. The kids (and adults too) can earn rewards, and some languages even include speaking practice with the Duolingo bot. 

 

 

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