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Resources for parents in era of COVID-19

With schools closed and children home, we on the board for Children's Spirituality Summit would like to support parents and provide a few opportunities for spiritual connection moments with children in your home.

We are delighted to discover that some of our favorite writers and sources are providing interactive and read aloud resources. (And we invite our readers to add other resources in the comment section!)

Here are just a few in no particular order:

THE RABBIT ROOM QUARANTINE CALENDAR has posted a hefty blog post, chock-full of socially-distanced activities for you and yours (read at RabbitRoom.com), but sometimes it’s helpful to receive all that info in little bite sizes... Introducing the Rabbit Room Quarantine Calendar! (Almost) daily, we’ll be posting an invitation to a single activity that we think you’d especially enjoy. Beginning with March 19, 2020, join @jtraftonart 10am as she reads from her beloved story, Henry and the Chalk Dragon, and stay with Jennifer daily at 10am as she continues to read from her books and others.

From The Rabbit Room Quarantine Calendar

Because we‘re still allowed to have fun.

@SALLYLLOYDJONES asks, Are you staying home? I hope so. I am, too! So let’s spend some time together. Watch my Instagram Stories for videos soon. 💛 (hint: the first one I will post in my feed . And for that one I will read my and @jagosilver book on the Lord’s Prayer— called LOVED—and my friend the brilliant actor @plana.tony will read it in Spanish! How cool is that??? I’m so excited. See you soon!) #sallylloydjones #corona #coronavirus #coronakids #storytime #writersofinstagram #loved #readaloud #stuckathomestorytime #operationstorytime #quarantinestorytime #stayathomestorytime

WORSHIPING WITH CHILDREN Each Sunday during #coronavirus CAROLYN BROWN is providing weekly at home family worship liturgy that relates to children of all ages and provides structure for your at home family worship. Just log on and follow the liturgy provided by date. This is an excellent resource for your family at-home worship together!

WE WONDER PODCAST: LENT Why We Wonder? Plenty of wonderful resources exist to teach children about the Bible. This podcast invites children into an immersive, contemplative experience of the words of Scripture. We make space for their responses and questions, and guide them in a prayerful engagement with the story. And we remember, always, that God is drawing close to us in love as we make space for the Holy Spirit to speak through our sacred text.​We want to invite children into a life of wonder, engagement, and curiosity about the Bible. Children's spiritual lives are real and vibrant: they are known and loved by God as they are right now, not just as grownups in training! That's why, on this podcast, we allow children the space to enter God's good words together, wonder about them, and talk with God about what we find.

@WENDYMAC provides daily art classes every morning at 10amPST and up for 24 hours after. And, according to my grandchildren (and their mom!) these classes are AWESOME. They dance and so far they've drawn self portraits, a cat with a bird on its head with a picture that represents their city so they can post and see where everyone is from! SO FUN. Tomorrow... who knows! A few things for parents: if you’re having trouble finding the classes, you can find the latest one for 24 hours after the 10am pst live broadcast in @wendymac stories (tap on her face in my profile or in stories, then go to “live” at the bottom.) The class is about 30 minutes now, and she always tries to stick to a hard 10am to 10.30 schedule so you can plan around that window. They're also trying to get the videos set up to play on Facebook, and have a permanent place for them to live, too.

NOTE from Wendy: Any genius ideas out there, holler. My art asst @carolinembpaul and I are setting up a dedicated email for questions or suggestions, but for now pls send them to wendymacnaughton at gmail dot com. Please do not send them to my DMs. Anything else? Oh yeah, sending best love to everyone. We’ll get through this together. ❤️❤️ #drawtogether

There are so many others out there online who are just waiting for you and your children to discover their creativity and passion for assisting parents in the days and weeks to come as children are home . . . and beyond! Please add other resources you know about to the comment section of this forum post.

We at Children's Spirituality Summit believe that resources such as these are a few of the serendipitous gifts of being quarantined at home with your children! This time can be a spiritual gift to them and to the adults in their lives! Don't just exist through this time . . . THRIVE!