1. Minimize Distractions
It is inevitable that your student will get distracted while at home. What we can do as parents is prepare for distractions before they happen. Make sure that all toys, games, and activities are tucked away during learning hours. Practice the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. If your student is having trouble focusing due to other distractions in the house, try noise cancelling headphones or moving their learning space to a quieter area. Take it day by day, if something isn’t working, try something new!
2. Set a Schedule
There are pillars in the school day that you can mimic at home. Things like start-time, lunch, recess, and end times are good starting points for setting a schedule. We will talk to you more about learning times and how they typically set the student’s day. Having consistency in the schedule will instill your student with a sense of comfort. Let them know that this is how it is going to be for a little while but learning at home can be just as fun as learning in school! You may need to make adjustments in your day to compliment your child’s at home schedule.
Communication is key when it comes to remote learning. Make sure to keep open lines of communication with your child and their teachers. We will schedule one-on-one time either virtually on Google Meet or talk with you on the phone once a week. During this time, we will talk about activities that you can do at home and answer any questions and help you in any way we can! Teachers are adapting to online learning that frankly, most teachers have never had to do before. This is an unexpected learning experience for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. Let us know what we can do better to deliver the best educational experience and let your child know when they are doing a good job!
You are a Rock Star!
Unforeseen circumstances have shifted a lot of responsibilities onto parents’ shoulders. You are a ROCK STAR and we will all get through this. Your encouragement, accountability, and dedication to your students’ learning will help them thrive when they get back to the classroom. Have a positive attitude towards online learning and your student will have the same!