We celebrate military kids all year long!
Life for military kids is full of ups and downs. From adventure and unique experiences, to frequent moves and family adjustments - you may face challenges that your friends at school don’t know anything about. Making connections with other military kids can help you build resilience and find friends who understand your life. To connect with other military kids visit our message board.
Going back to school during COVID-19
Back to school is here again, and for most kids, it’s not the normal back-to-school time as you may be used to. Who better than military kids to get through this next chapter with resiliency and creativity? Many unknowns and constant change may still exist, and things will be different for returning to school depending on where you live. It may be in-person, virtual, or a combination of both. Military kids know to focus on what you can control, rather than what you can’t.
Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful as you get back into the new school year.
Stay active while social distancing
Social distancing doesn’t mean distancing yourself from the outside world. Get fresh air each day and continue to get physical activity. Parks may be closed in some places, but all you need is your two feet to start walking. Physical activity is essential to stay healthy during this time and to stay focused as you start a new school year. While you may not be able to exercise with friends, consider a fun workout online together or participate in a challenge to see who stays the most active each day. Click here for more tips!
Explore out-of-this world fun with NASA STEM
Experience a wide variety of science, math, engineering, and technology ideas for students in kindergarten through college. Click here to explore: https://www.nasa.gov/stem
Set your sights on success with Tutor.com
Connect to an expert tutor 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families. They provide live, on-demand tutoring, test preparation and homework help in more than 100 subjects, for students in kindergarten through college. During COVID-19, program eligibility has been extended until Sept. 30, 2020, to include any adult or child member of Department of Defense civilian, National Guard, reserve or wounded warrior military families. Click the link on the Military Kids Connect homepage under the “See More” section.
Make learning at home fun
- Create a special "homework zone" that's peaceful and fun to be in. Have colorful notebooks, fun pencils, sticky notes, and anything to keep you inspired and motivated.
- Keep a routine to help with stress and to stay organized. It’s important to keep a schedule even if you’re learning at home.
- Keep a positive attitude! Your attitude has a huge impact on how you see the world and can help you get through the day. Find at least one thing to be grateful for each day, even if you’re having a bad day.
- Reward yourself! If you’re struggling to get through some homework or a project, set a timer, focus on a task, and have a fun reward once you complete your goal. If you have siblings you can each pick something for the other one so it’s a surprise, and even make a fun competition out of it.
COVID-19 will continue to bring challenges to all of us, and Military Kids Connect is here to help. Please reach out to us to chat or if you need help finding information, we’re here to help point you in the right direction. You can contact us here on the website or reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram if you need help finding resources. Remember, stay healthy and stay happy!
Take A Tour!
These virtual tours bring you inside for a sneak peek of select installations. These videos were hosted by teens, who share all the places and activities they enjoy while on- and off-base.
View more tours. And even make a tour of your own!
Worried About Falling Behind in School
Dear Doc - School has been cancelled because of the COVID-19, and I don’t know when it will start up again. How do I keep up on things I was studying? - Worried About School
Dear Worried About School - This is a big challenge for kids everywhere right now, so you’re not alone. But parents and teachers have been stepping up to the challenge to make this transition as easy as possible for everyone and to make sure you won’t fall behind in anything. NASA has some fun and cool projects to do at home. Click here to see what you can do: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/
It’s important to remember that nobody is going to let you fall behind or fail anything. Lean on your parents and the resources available from your school to help you get through this challenging time. Remember, we’re all here to help each other get through this!
Feeling Lonely and Missing My Friends
Dear Doc - I really miss my friends that I normally get to see at school every day, and now I’m stuck at home. How do we keep in touch? - Feeling Lonely
Dear Feeling Lonely - Being cooped up at home will likely prompt feelings of loneliness no matter what, and that’s completely normal. Luckily we live in a time where we have the best technology to stay in touch with our friends. Try some of these tips!
Schedule a video chat and eat lunch together to talk about what you’ve been doing.
Ask your parents to talk to some of the other parents and maybe they would be willing to share the teaching responsibilities. You can set up a video call so that a few of your friends can call in. Then you can all see each other and learn together.
Make a gift or homemade card for a friend and send it to them in the mail. That’s not something we typically do anymore, but getting mail is a fun surprise and a good way to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
It’s also important to remember that it’s good to find enjoyment in solitary activities. Hunker down and do something cool with your hands and with your mind, like a science project, knit a scarf for yourself or a friend, or start a small garden with your family as the spring weather arrives to get outside. Use this time wisely and learn a new skill or work on something that you usually don’t have time for.
Not Everything Stays the Same
You may always hear that when your parent comes home everything will change. Your family life may have gone topsy turvy. This family was able to find some ways that the family stayed the same.
LESSON LEARNED: Everyone changes during a deployment; you, brothers, sisters, parents (at-home and deployed). Everyone gets older and has had new life experiences during the time of the deployment. After the homecoming there is a period of adjustment for you and your family life. Your parent may not recognize that you while he was gone you have “grown-up” and have taken on more responsibility. You and your family may have inside jokes that your deployed parent doesn’t get. But not everything will change. Both you and your dad may still enjoy baseball or football. Both you and your mom enjoy baking or cooking together.
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