Quarantine Coupon Book for Kids | Fun Coupons for Kids at Home

I had a bunch of raffle tickets that kids had got from school but we didn't participate in it and they were lying around.  While looking for ideas on how to use them at home, I created a "quarantine coupon book" out of the cards and printed out different activities for kids to use the "coupons" for.  Shelter-in-place in Bay Area has been extended for another month, so we're trying to make it fun as we stay quarantined indoors.

Worksheets for Kids | PDF Printables for Preschool to Kindergarten

March 2020 was a turning point in most peoples' lives in recent times, especially mothers, when they were expected to turn into home-school teachers as well while juggling other responsibilities in and outside home.  While there are several blogs and educational websites for worksheets for kids starting Preschool onward that one can download and print, I wanted to make my own lesson plans and worksheets for my 5 year old kids while they stayed at home (they were in Transitional Kindergarten when the schools shut down).  I made these worksheets based on what my kids have learnt, what I wanted them to practice, some are things I planned to teach them to prepare them for Kindergarten, and some as a quiz to check what they are able to remember.  

-- I am trying --

Ever since January 2020 when I heard the news about the novel coronavirus spreading in China, there was a slight unrest but it didn't bother me that much until we started hearing of covid-19 spreading in California, WHO announcing it as a pandemic, President of United States of America declaring a national emergency, coronavirus spreading in Thailand and India too where most of my family resides, and shelter in place ordered in some counties of Bay Area where businesses have shut down and only essential places are open.  Things have escalated unbelievably in these two months of February and March that the whole world is shook.  I have been feeling very overwhelmed like everyone and the emotions are just piling up each day, so I penned my feelings in the form of poetry as usual.  I know each person is going through a lot so I thought I might share it here too... just to let you know you're not alone if you're feeling down in these difficult times.  💛

Activity Chart and Chore Ideas for Kids Getting Bored {free printable}

Ever since August 2019 when my kids started going to Transitional Kindergarten for only 4 hours of school, the rest of the day I had to find ways to get them busy.  As they grew up, I asked them to figure out what they want to do if they are getting bored, but that left them lost.  Then I realized, since visuals work better for them than words, it was time to make an activity and chore chart for them.  (Previously I made this Morning and Evening Routine Chart for Kids that's been on the wall in their room since December 2018!).

Activities and Chores to Keep Kids Busy and Happy!

10 Ideas to Avoid an After-School Meltdown in Toddlers | Strategies That Work for Us

Earlier, when I picked kids up from their school, I thought after a few hours being away from each other they would be as excited to see me as I was.  But each day I would deal with another toddler tantrum, and I would wonder where I was going wrong.  Why were they being so cranky instead of being happy to see me, the way I was looking forward?  It took me a while to understand that kids feel overwhelmed after all that they've kept bottled up inside, and then act out because I am where they could totally be themselves.  So I came up with some strategies to deal with it, and here I'm sharing some ideas that I keep in my back pocket to prevent an after school meltdown in the first place.

Valentine's Day Classroom Card Exchange | Valentine Card Sayings for Kids School

Phew.  Last night I finally finished all the non-candy valentine's day classroom cards for kids and I'm sharing them here real quick.  The pictures are self-explanatory so I'll save the words and save your time too.  Here's a glance at all the cards at once: