By having a sister in second grade, Phoebe Plantz, I have seen first hand how Covid has affected her and her actions. She used to love going on drives with me, going shopping, even going to a movie with me. When I ask her to join me for the simplest of things such as grocery shopping, she seems scared. She now always makes sure that everything there will be safe and that we won’t be there for too long. “I’m more scared of touching a bunch of stuff because I don’t know who touched it before I do,” she said describing how she feels when leaving the house, specifically for grocery shopping. This has obviously shifted from wanting to touch and play with every toy, and grabbing every yummy snack and dessert possible.
A second grader, Logan Riddle, also eight years old, was asked how he feels about his current school situation when he says,
“I'm happy when we go to school,” said Logan. “When we are on Zoom it's not fun because you can get kicked out because of the internet or you can get distracted very fast.” Added Quinn, his twin sister: “It’s kinda hard working online because I get distracted, so I use putty so that I don't look away because I look at my puppy a lot now that I’m at home.”
Younger kids already tend to struggle with focusing on school, but now at home there are many more distractions readily available.
Making new friends is another struggle that younger children face during these times. Once you get a phone and are able to get social media, you’re able to stay in touch with friends. You can even make new friends or at least meet new people to an extent. When you’re young, your friends tend to be solely based in the school environment, especially when beginning the process of making friends.
How about kids that just moved right before the pandemic hit?
Haley Perkins, 11, and Riley Perkins, 8, are two girls in this situation. Haley and Riley moved from Kentucky to Michigan two weeks before the coronavirus was present in the United States. “When the pandemic hit two weeks after I moved to Michigan, I was already missing my family that I left, but I couldn't travel back to see them and I missed them a lot,” Haley said. “It’s also been hard to make new friends because we knew nobody. Now I have neighbor friends to play with so that’s good. It’s really sad though because I can’t go home very much anymore.”