Article / Published May 18

One Great Thing for Tuesday, 5/19

As parents grappling with life in the era of coronavirus ourselves, we know how hard it feels to get through these days—let alone what the next weeks and months will bring. Every day, we’ll share a few great things that are helping us cope with kids at home, work to do, and plenty to worry about. We hope they help you, too.

Are you still sitting with your child while they do their schoolwork or an activity? Need a break? (Does anyone not need a break at this point?) Try setting a timer for how long your kid should try a given activity without a grown-up. This helps them teach time management, supports their independence, and might even give you some much-needed time to yourself. Even kids as young as three or four can respond well to timers, although the time increments will need to be much shorter. (For little ones, consider using a sand timer like you might find in a board game.)

There's still good in the world: This 13-year-old once used his sewing skills to help get animals adopted. Now he’s making masks for frontline workers.

What does rock 'n' roll have in common with rap music? A lot, it turns out. In this interactive Scholastic lesson for music lovers, find out how teenagers shaped music history.

If you could pick one friend to hang out with after this quarantine is over, who would it be and what would you do together?

For preschoolers (and their stretched-thin parents), our favorite Sesame Street characters are teaching deep breathing techniques to help manage big feelings.


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