Keeping Positive During a Quarantine: A Child’s Perspective
Hi – my name is Skye. I am 10 years old and I live in New Brunswick. I have 2 younger sisters and no older siblings, a cat named Fluffy Mittens and soon-to-be dog, named Animosh. I’ve always had a passion for dogs. It was even my first word!
I learned about coronavirus (COVID-19) in January of this year. I know that the coronavirus started in China and has spread throughout the world. What I’ve learned is I have to be very careful and make sure I wash my hands and face more often and longer. This has been a hard time for me because I can’t play with my friends; I can’t be close to anybody and I have to be 6 feet apart; and, I can’t touch my eyes, mouth or nose.
How to Keep a Positive Mindset
Here are some ways I’ve kept a positive mindset during the first week of quarantine. I remind myself that:
- we’re doing what we can to avoid spreading this virus
- this will end at some point and we will be safe once more
- there are a lot of very smart people working very hard to protect us
- parents everywhere are trying to keep their children very safe and healthy
- if I focus on today and not the future I’ll be less worried
How to Keep Busy During a Quarantine
Here are some tips I have for keeping busy:
- Do my Canadian curriculum book
- Play outside (but keep distance from other kids)
- Do crossword puzzles to get better at spelling
- Play math games on Prodigy and Khan Academy
- Play Adventure Academy
- Learn History & Social Studies on HistoryforKids
- Play with my pets
- Read books or online at Squiggle Park or Storyline
- Visit the National Geographic website
- Play science games on MysteryDoug and National Geographic
- Learn a new language on DuoLingo or SignSchool
- Sing and dance to music (my favourite song right now is Show Yourself from Frozen 2)
- Play school with my sisters
- Play tic tac toe
- Draw, colour and do crafts
- Make playdoh or slime
- Complete puzzles
- Play board games
- Play lego
Here are tips I have for other kids who are struggling:
- Know that the world is working very hard to stop this virus from spreading
- If you’re young and healthy, you will probably survive this virus
- If you just wash your hands, face and take distance, you most likely won’t get this virus
- Focus on today: not tomorrow, not after that, not the next week, just TODAY
Hopes for the future
My hope is that:
- Everyone tries their best to help each other and that we use good hygiene
- This will pass
- This teaches the world to respect the earth and stop littering, polluting, cutting down trees and no more driving gas cars AND THAT WE SHOW KINDNESS TO EVERYONE!
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS!
Skye Hutten is a grade 4 student in New Brunswick, and this is her first blog. She will be writing a weekly blog about her experience with COVID-19 and sharing the lessons she is learning including tips for other kids!
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