Generosity and Service While Practicing Social Distancing

In times of uncertainty the question of “how and where do we fit in all of this?” is on everyone's mind. Social distancing, or deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness means that staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19, according to John Hopkins Medicine and other medical professionals. It’s a term and action used to lessen the strain of a pandemic, or widespread disease or virus that spans large distances and impacts people worldwide. 

Participating in social distancing is an act of generosity and civic duty during this virus outbreak throughout the world. But the call that is best for our fellow people and us can also feel isolating and difficult, adding stress and worry to our “normal” everyday life. 

With many children out of school and daycares closed for health safety needs, you may find yourself home with kids and wondering what you can do to keep them occupied while helping them engage and learn. Philanthropy education and service-learning can help you meet that need! Learning to Give offers the below education based activities you and your kids can engage in from home.

  • Teach a lesson that prompts discussion about generosity. We update this page with new lessons every day.

  • Write notes every day starting today! Just pick a time and be consistent, and encourage your kids to write notes, letters, stories, or draw pictures and then send them to troops overseas or to local nursing home facilities. 

  • Create a song about philanthropy. Go a step further and post it to social media with @LearningtoGive. Share this video with your kids to help them understand the word and act of philanthropy. 

  • Play games that are fun and active with your family: Play Works

  • Set up a donation corner in your home. Go through your clothes, toys, etc. and organize the items you plan to donate. 

  • Check in online or by calling the help-line of local shelters, hospitals, and other facilities to find out how you can support their wish lists. 

  • Donate to local food pantries to help those who rely on school meals during the week.

  • Make a list of positive, uplifting, and energizing music to share with others. And, then share it on social media! @learningtogive   

  • Turn being at home into a positive! This article by Greater Good Magazine offers a few suggestions for how you can take this time with your family to strengthen your relationships

  • This time at home proves perfect timing for a holiday or seasonal treasure hunt for your kids. Consider setting up a scavenger hunt in your home or throughout your neighborhood. As many houses as are willing can put paper shamrocks/eggs/flowers in their windows and children can get some fresh air by walking through the neighborhood finding as many shamrocks/eggs/flowers in neighboring windows as possible! 

  • Our Beginning at Home lesson can be transitioned to an at-home activity during our weeks off. Have your kids spend some time getting fresh air by creating a clean and welcoming environment in their own backyard. They can also make vision boards of how they would like to better their community and share them with their class when school is back in session.  

  • Take this time at home to embrace National Reading Month! The shared experience of reading a book is powerful in many ways. Children learn reading, listening, and comprehension skills, while together you celebrate the joys and sorrows that good literature presents. Literature brings us closer and introduces real issues and broadens experience in a safe environment. Try our literature guides and tips for making your time reading aloud with children more meaningful and effective. 

  • Get to know your kids and what they care about with this Blue Sky envisioning activity. Your kids will understand themselves and their community and imagine a better world. Then, as a family you can discuss first steps you can take.

  • What’s a fun thing to do with kids that also incorporates math? Baking! With this you will not only get a sweet treat, but you’ll also help strengthen your child’s fraction work and addition. 

  • Build something! Use paper, glue, tape, string, boxes, etc. and build towers, bridges, slides, swings, etc. Create a whole city! Be resourceful and creative.

It is vital that we look to the positive in times of uncertainty. In the next few weeks or months, we are given the gift of deliberately slowing down, reducing our busy schedules, and making time for the family and friends closest to us in our lives. Many of us may be facing a shift in work and how we work, to not being able to work at all. Together, we’ll get through this. We ALL have something to give.