Back to school looks different this year and it’s important to identify early signs of stress your children may be experiencing. Here are two resources to help you talk to your children about mental health.
• This guide helps you start a conversation with your child about emotional health and resiliency.
• Webinar: “Responding to Your Child’s Emotions During A Pandemic” Webinar Friday, August 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT.
We know that for many families, there are more questions than answers for school and childcare this fall. Take advantage of the resources from Marvell’s benefit partners to help navigate your options:
- “Back to School During a Global Pandemic” webinar hosted by 2nd.MD (Marvell’s free second opinion service) on August 6 at 8:00 a.m. Register here.
- Resource guide for parents and caregivers, from Care.com (Marvell’s family resource program)
- Articles from ReThink:
ReThink: Child Development/Behavior
Struggling with your child's behavior during COVID-19? You're not alone. ReThink can help with resources and even free calls with a behavioral specialist. Learn more on the ReThink page of this site. Taking care of yourself and accepting support can help you have more patience during this time. Rethink is a free employee benefit that gives your family 24/7 access to tools and resources to help you in understanding, teaching and better communicating with your child. ReThink specializes in helping care for children with learning, social or behavioral challenges.
Webinar: Tips for Easing the Transition
August 4 and 5, register online
About the webinar: Changes in routine can be difficult for children, especially those with developmental disabilities or learning, social or behavioral challenges. This year, the idea of getting ready for “back to school” will look a bit different and require some flexibility.In this FREE learning session, you will learn: How to create routines and schedules; strategies to collaborate with schools; tips for building independence; and techniques for virtual or in-person learning.
Tips for Working from Home with Kids
Tips for Working from Home with Kids
With many schools being closed, we know that balancing school work and a full time job is difficult. Below are ReThink's tips for navigating life while working at home and managing your child’s temporary at-home schoolwork.
1. Create predictability by arranging a general daily structure. Having a schedule or routine can help create family expectations, lessen stress, build independence and save everyone time.
2. Use picture schedules or written checklists to help your child know what activities will occur and when. Pairing a verbal instruction with a picture can better communicate the routine. For examples of daily schedules, check out this leisure activities schedule.
3. Integrate choice and allow your child to make the schedule. Alternatively, pick the order of (a few) events to increase your child’s sense of control and often helps reduce behavior challenges.
4. Maintain skills by scheduling time for academics in the daily schedule. Download this visual schedule to help plan out academics and subjects for your child.
5. Provide structured breaks in your child’s daily schedule to give an outlet for energy or to recharge with relaxation routines.
6. Add in structured windows of free play. One example might be creating a visual choice board or checklist of available free play choices such as screens, electronics, games, toys, etc. Pro Tip: string several preferred activities together to increase your child’s independence in leisure activities and decrease the need for you to help them “find something to do”.
7. Help your child stay on task by setting clear expectations with a designated area for schoolwork and using visual supports such as a ‘keep working’ visual in the area. Click here for more information on visual supports.
8. When possible, maintain your regular nighttime and morning routines to ensure consistency.
9. Take advantage of canceled school/extracurriculars/events to teach new skills. Examples include using an alarm clock, starting to shave, independent play. Set small, achievable goals.
10. Use positive reinforcement to support the desirable behaviors you want to see at home. Download these tips on positive reinforcement.
Visit ReThink for more tips, tricks, and specialists in helping your child grow.
Care.com Backup Care
Due to "Shelter in Place" orders in several states, Care.com sourced backup-care may be limited. However, Marvell and Care.com have teamed up to provide you with other solutions, including the option to utilize your personal network to find backup care. Please contact Care.com for more information.
Pregnancy and Fertility
Join Kelli Beingesser, M.D., and Laetitia Oderman, M.D., PAMF OB/GYN, in an informative webinar on how to care for yourself and your baby in the safest way possible during COVID-19. Wednesday, August 12, 2020 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. Join the Webinar here on August 12 (no need to pre-register)!
Carrot offers free resources to help manage risk, avoid exposure and stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 information in your area. This resource also has information on fertility treatments and adoption during this time.
Virtual Summer Camps
Raddish Cooking with Kids
Learn a new skill with the whole family this summer with Raddish! This cooking club for kids comes in a monthly box so your kids can learn how to cook, the origins of the recipes, and offers a fun family activity for all ages! See more details on their website.
Looking for a fun activity that is also educational this summer? Kiwico has great crafts for all ages. See examples and details here!
Code With Us
During this shelter-in-place period, "Code With Us" hope to help families continue their students’ education through affordable ways and discounted online 3-hour coding workshops and online multi-day coding camps for the next 4 weeks (starting March 30, through the end of April).
All of these programs are project-based and students will walk away with completed coding projects that they design and build themselves.
We are providing a major discount for all workshops and camps. Here are the prices after more than 30% discount:
1. Online 3 hour 1-day workshop (morning or afternoon): $49
2. Online 3 hour 4-day camp (morning or afternoon), you choose the days: $195
3. Online 3 hour 5-day camp (morning or afternoon): $255
4. Online 7 hour 4-day camp, you choose the days: $345
5. Online 7 hour 5-day camp: $410
Signing up is easy! Simply go to the link below and fill out the form. In the form, please write your preferred days and times for the camp or workshop. A Code With Us team member will call you to finalize signup.
Link to signup: https://www.codewithus.com/camp/
Questions? Please feel free to call/text the Code With Us team line at (408) 909-7717.
ID Tech is also offering a discount on vitual summer camps. Details on their camps can be found here.
Online Learning Resources
Bright Horizons is full of great tools for kids of all ages. Activities, resources, and webinars are available to help you navigate life from home with ease
Learn how to sew your own face mask! Teach the kids and make some for your friends and family to wear when they need to leave the house.
Crash Course (Grades 6-12)
Khan Academy (all ages)
Scholastic (PreK – 9th Grade)