Bonus Resources for The Extraordinary Pause

For parents, teachers, counsellors, therapists

The COVID-19 Coronavirus turned the world upside down. In every land, parents and children, teachers and healthcare workers, folks from every walk of life are trying to make sense out of the turmoil. 

A good way to work through all of the emotions and experiences is to have discussions about them. This book and the following resources are intended to help facilitate such discussions at home and in the classroom.

 

First, thank you for purchasing this book! Your purchase will also help us to provide free books to kids in underserved communities through our cooperation with Random Acts of Reading  and Kid in Need Foundation.

Here is a free version of the ebook so you can take it on the road with you. If you would like to share it with others, please encourage them to purchase a copy online (or get their own hardcover and thus have access to the ebook for free), so we can keep on paying it forward.

 

Starter Questions: 

What changed during the pandemic:

     in your family?

     with friends?    

    at school?

    in your community?

What was the hardest part about living through a pandemic?

What good thing happened that was unexpected?

How did the pandemic change your ideas about:

    Connecting to others?

    Health and safety?

     Attending school?

What did you miss most?

What are you most grateful for now?

What did you learn during the pandemic that you will take with you into the future?

 

Breaking it down:

MOVING FAST: What did your days look like pre-pandemic? What activities filled your day? Did you have much down time, to relax, read, draw, play?

THE SMELL OF PANCAKES: What sensations did you start toexperience differently? Did you have time to cook with your parents? Enjoy the smell of fresh grass in the yard or dirt while you planted flowers and veggies?

SEEING COLORS:

NOTICING OTHERS:

LOCKDOWN:

SCHOOLS CLOSED:

RESTAURANTS EMPTIED:

BIRTHDAY PARTIES POSTPONED:

Everyone has had at least one pandemic birthday. What did you do differently? How did that feel? Was there something special about it? What are you looking forward to when things are safer?

VACANT FIELDS:

Did your sports teams stop playing? What did you do instead? Were you able to stay connected with your teammates?

ICE CREAM PARLORS:

PLAYGROUNDS:

Was your family able to create a pod of friends with whom you could still meet up?

REMEMBERING BEFORE: 

What is one thing that you really remember and miss about how you lived pre-pandemic

HUGS AND KISSES:

When you now can safely give a hug, how does that feel?

THE BULLY VIRUS: