Start the school year strong even if it means starting right at home. With the COVID-19 pandemic, not all schools can reopen safely with in-person classes. While virtual learning has its challenges, here are some ways your child (and you) can adapt to the new back to school season:
- Create a learning space
Just like a home office, students should have a designated place to learn. It can be the kitchen table or a small desk, just avoid the couch and the bed. Distractions such as toys, the TV or any electronic gadgets should be kept away so class time doesn’t become ‘play time.’ With tweens and teens, try to limit social media as it can lead to getting off task. Besides having a laptop, keep it stocked and organized with essentials like folders, notebooks, pencils, sharpener, and colorful pens. You can also utilize a whiteboard or chalkboard to get the feel of a regular classroom.
- Stick to a routine
Although you’re no longer rushing to drop kids off at school, they still should wake up and eat breakfast at a set time. This way, they can get mentally and physically ready to learn. Lay out a visual schedule of what’s planned for the day. Make it fun and interactive especially for kids in elementary school. Once a task is checked off, they can receive rewards like stickers or earned free time. Leave some wiggle room in the schedule as some assignments can take longer than others.
- Take breaks
It’s not all work and no play when it comes to school. Breaks are needed and can be created by splitting the day into blocks. For example, kids in elementary school often have shorter blocks with frequent breaks. Plus let’s face it, everyone’s attention spans last only so long. Bring recess at home whether that’s dancing around the house or running outside. For 30 minutes, these active breaks can improve class behavior.
- Communicate with teachers & classmates
Most teachers want your child to succeed as much as you do. Be open with them as this is new for them too. Let them know if your child is struggling or can’t finish an assignment on time, they’re often understanding. School isn’t just about academics, it’s where students can build social skills and lasting friendships. Kids can still stay connected through video chat or discussion boards. It can also encourage them to learn from their peers especially if they’re having trouble on a specific topic.
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