Our daily lives continue to change as we all are learning how to live with the transitions brought on by the pandemic, COVID-19. One of the biggest challenges facing parents is the transition to kids learning from home for the next few weeks or more. Here are a few ways that you can create a positive learning environment in your home for you and your family.
• Create Routines– Children thrive on consistency, especially in times like these. Here is one example of a daily routine which may be helpful.
• Communicate with Classroom Teachers-Make sure you have all the materials, books, passwords you need for successful online learning.
• Schedule Recess/Playtime– It is helpful for kids to move their bodies and take a break from work and to also know when this time will fit into their day. Nature walks are a great way to be outside, exercise, and build science-related skills. Check out the following aps for Bird Watching and tree identification.
• Use Screens Wisely– Consider searching for more educational sites for kids to watch and be conscious of how much time is being spent on movies and TV shows.
• Work on Broader Executive Function Skills – This includes skills such as problem solving, time management, goal setting and organization. Provide sorting activities, have a child create their own schedule, set a daily goal, practice telling time or play some problem-solving games such as Heads-up, Charades or Guess Who. Consider using technology to create a digital whiteboard to schedule academic time, down time, chores, etc. (e.g., Whiteboard by Liveboard).
• Connect with Friends – Establish times where your children can connect with peers via FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. Perhaps have them create a virtual bookclub or art share time.
Please check out these helpful resources regarding at-home learning:
How to Homeschool Your Children During Coronavirus
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