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Easy Ways to Engage with Kids During the COVID-19 School Break


Tips from Local Educator Wajeha Chaudhry



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Loudon Elementary’s Wajeha Chaudhry, best known as a beloved third grade teacher and star of the YouTube series Chaudhry’s Champions, is a community figure who always meets her students where they are. Right now, students throughout Kern County find themselves at home due to COVID-19 and social distancing recommendations. 

Chaudhry’s Champions features a different picture book or chapter of a children’s novel in each video. Although Chaudhry herself usually reads the chosen titles, she often features guest readers from across Kern County, including Mayor Karen Goh, Bakersfield Condors announcer Ryan Holt, policemen, firefighters and other teachers, community heroes children can look up to and know are at work where they live. 

During this time of uncertainty, Chaudhry plans on offering stories as frequently as she is able. Selections will be pulled from the improvised library she keeps in the trunk of her car, in addition to her own favorites collected over a lifetime. 

If you’re looking for other ways to help your children stay on track with learning over the next several weeks, Chaudhry suggest the following three simple strategies: 

Break out the books  

Read aloud or listen to someone reading to you.

Make something and discuss the process 

Draw or create something then share how, why and what it is.  

Have conversations

Discuss what a show was about, explain a video game to someone, tell a parent or younger sibling about the movie you just saw without giving away how it ends, talk about current events. Stay positive and let kids know this unusual period is an unprecedented part of their own story. 

Find the Chaudry's Champions YouTube Channel at http://bit.ly/kernchamps.

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