Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 6 of 6: Pandemic Resources for Mindfulness & Yoga


Written by me for FAWCO.

by Adrianne George, AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö, AWC Stockholm

Welcome to the 6th (and last!) installment of valuable resources for you to use at home with your children. NEW THIS WEEK we look at life skills for our pandemic world that focus on well being. Looking to REALLY get away? Try out the Bonus Field Trips: Special terrestrial and extraterrestrial experiences!

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For Children

According to Positive Psychology, research confirms that for children, mindfulness can:

  • Mitigate the effects of bullying (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016);
  • Enhance focus in children with ADHD (Zhang et al., 2016);
  • Reduce attention problems (Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016);
  • Improve mental health and well-being;
  • Improve social skills when well taught and practiced with children and adolescents.

Click HERE for 25 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens.

Mindfulness Videos for Kids

Mindfulness Videos for Adults

  1. Mindfulness for Women
  2. Mindfulness Meditation for Women ‒ Overcome Depression ‒ Improve Self Esteem
  3. Mindfulness for Men
  4. All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe
  5. Mindfulness for Couples ‒ Guided Meditation for You and Your Partner ‒ Reuben UK

Free Mindfulness Resources as a Response to COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus has led to significant changes for many of us across the world. We are having to adapt to challenging circumstances in terms of our work, home life, or financial situation while making sense of moving most of our interactions with others into the online world. Click HERE to access these resources. There are more mindfulness downloads to use in our post-pandemic world HERE.  

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For Children

Kristin Fischer says that with these skills, children can learn to use yoga when they want to calm down and be strong. Remind them to breathe, using only their nose. Inhale and exhale. Feel calm in each pose. She presents 5 Kid-Friendly Animal Poses to Introduce Children to Yoga.

Yoga Games Compendium is a free 15 page PDF download with 24 Yoga games to play with children.

58 Fun and Easy Yoga Poses for Kids (Printable Posters). The Kids Yoga Stories’ characters, Sophia, Luke, Elizabeth, Baraka, Pablo, and Anamika, demonstrate the kids yoga poses, followed by the yoga pose name, possible keywords, and descriptions.

Yoga for Kids: Videos

  1. Yoga For Kids with Alissa Kepas
  2. Yoga Time! | On the Farm ‒ Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes
  3. Yoga For Kids | Play In The Park | Yoga With Adriene
  4. Children’s Yoga Class with Ally Ford
  5. The Sun Dance Kids Yoga/Music Video by Bari Koral Family Rock Band

Yoga for Adults: Videos

  1. 30 min Yoga for Women ‒ Grace, Intuition & Sensuality
  2. Morning Yoga for Women
  3. Yoga for Men | Episode 1
  4. 10 Min Yoga for Men Beginner Routine – Easy Men’s Yoga Workout ‒ Best Yoga Workout for Dudes
  5. Partner Yoga FULL CLASS: 50 minutes to build trust, intimacy, and connection

BONUS Virtual Field Trips: Special Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Experiences 

  • Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
  • Mount Everest – Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
  • Virtual Rainforest – Learn about the rainforest with this interactive tour that includes informative videos and articles.
  • Son Doong Cave – Explore the world’s largest cave with 360-degree images. 
  • Virtual Trip to the Sun – Take a video-based journey from the Earth from the Sun, stopping at our moon, Venus, and Mercury.
  • Yosemite National Park – Tour the park with interactive panoramic photographs.

**All photos credited to Unsplash


Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 5 of 6: Sports & Cooking


by Adrianne George, AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö

Written by me for FAWCO.

Welcome to the 5th installment of valuable resources for you to use at home with your children. In addition to Sports and Cooking tips, NEW THIS WEEK is the FREE Full Online Homeschool Curriculum Options List from How to Homeschool for Free. Enjoy!

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Indoor Sports Games & Activities for Kids from UNICEF Kid power ‒ Click for additional resources

Balloon Football. Drop a balloon in the middle of a long rectangle table, and have each team try to blow the football toward the other’s side goal. When you finish, watch a fun game of bubble football.

Hula Hoop. Have two kids spinning Hula Hoops and then try to simultaneously move, whether they run, shimmy, or herky-jerky their way to the finish line. Click HERE for more Hula Hoop fun!

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Visit a pizza parlor and learn how to make your own pizza at home.

Learn how chocolate is made at the Chocolate Factory. Click HERE for kid-friendly at home chocolate making ideas!

Visit a bakery to learn how cupcakes are made. Looking for ideas to make cupcakes at home? Click HERE for delicious ideas!

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**All photos are credited to Unsplash


Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 4 of 6: Music & Books by me for FAWCO

by Adrianne George, AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö

Welcome to the 4th installment of valuable resources for you to use at home with your children. NEW THIS WEEK is Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) for students with special learning needs; complete textbooks in downloadable form (PDF files) for all core subjects are available. These textbooks are written to help students with various learning needs and are presented in an easy-to-understand format. The PDFs are currently found in the search results from the ERIC educational database, so you will need to scroll through the various results to find the books that you need. As a BONUS in this installment, enjoy virtual tours of museums from all over the world!


YouTube Videos

Kids’ Songs to Learn Spanish ‒ Salta Mi Conejito by Alina Celeste ‒ Little Bunny Movement Song

Kids’ Songs ‒ Zoom Zoom Zoom I’m Going to the Moon by Alina Celeste ‒ Learn English

A music lesson | Instruments and musical figures for kids

Music Lesson Compilation for Kids ‒ Solfege, Rhythm, Colors ‒ Prodigies Music Curriculum

Evolution of Music ‒ Pentatonix

Learning Songs | ABCs, Colors, 123s, Growing-up And More! | Preschool Songs | From LittleBabyBum!

Stacey Peasley’s Soapy BubblesRocketship, and Allergies

123 Andrew for videos in Spanish

Kitty ‒ Flor Bromley

Fun with Flor ‒ Kids’ Song: Open Shut Them ‒ Learn Spanish through Music



As long as schools are closed, Audible is offering free streaming of audiobooks through Audible Stories. You can stream to your desktop, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet.

Authors Read Books
Storytime with Nikolas Smith

Diane Alber reads A Little Spot Stays Home|

Mac Barnett reads The Skunk

Oprah Winfrey reads Godin’s book, The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, which is accompanied by a handy teacher’s guide.

Emory Global Health Institute

Emory University’s Global Health Institute commissioned illustrated ebooks about COVID-19 for children and here are the results:
COVID-19 Helpers by Beth Bacon and Kary Lee

Covid-19 Helpers book

Bray Bray Conquers the Coronavirus by Ashley Maxie-Moreman and Joanah Whitely

Big Bray Conquers the Coronavirus

Together: Living Life During COVID-19 by Kevin Poplawski and Michael Rausch

Together (covid book)

We’re Going to Be O.K. by Leigh-Ann Webb, Ebony Jade Hilton and Ashleigh Corrin Webb

We're Going to Be Okay (covid book)

The Yale Child Study Center & Scholastic Collaborative for Child and Family Resilience

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is available for free download in EnglishFrench, and Spanish.

How To Talk To Your Child About The Coronavirus

Communicate with your child with these clear, simple guides for different ages, available in English & Spanish.

What To Do When You’re Stressed Too

Use these strategies to reduce your own stress while parenting during the pandemic. Available in English and Spanish.

Family Resource Guide

A curated list of helpful links about the coronavirus for educators, families, and children.

Kid Reporters Ask The Experts About COVID-19

Scholastic’s Kid Reporters get their COVID-19 questions answered by experts from Yale. Download in English and Spanish.

BONUS: Virtual Field Trips ‒ Famous World Museums