We are beginning the new school year just as we left the last one, with at-home learning. Although, this may not be ideal for some families, we must make the best of the situation and help our children to be successful during these unprecedented times. Following are some tips to help make at-home learning successful for all.
Provide an environment that is conducive to learning. This may not always be the easiest, but students are more invested in learning when they have a dedicated place to work. Allow them to be part of creating their space. This will be fun for them and get them excited for school to begin. Aim for a space that is free from distractions, comfortable, and can be easily monitored, when needed. Ensure that all learning materials are easily accessible.
Children thrive on structure and consistency. Take time to plan with your student and discuss expectations for completing schoolwork and their attendance. Allow them to help you create a daily schedule. This should include:
-breakfast and lunch
-30-50 minutes for each class (dependent upon the age of the child)
-schedule zoom meetings, as needed (these are very important to attend)
-schedule brain breaks at least every hour for 5-15 minutes
Allow for flexibility in the schedule, but once you find one that works for you, stick with it. This will help your student to know what to expect daily.
Check the learning website prior to the week beginning. Preview the assignments with your student. Ensure that they understand the task. Then, create a daily to-do list to help them stay organized. Put this in a highly visible area, to help keep the student on task. Be sure to have your student check the learning website daily for any updates.
Encourage your student to persist through difficult work. Often when students take ownership of their learning, they become more successful.
-expect them to do their part
-allow some struggling
-remember that becoming independent takes practice
According to Connections Academy, “a student with “growth mindset” believes that success comes with effort and that they can learn and improve with perseverance and hard work.”
Do daily check-ins with your student to begin and end their school day. Ask them about their day. What were their successes and their struggles? What can be done to ensure the next day goes better? Help them to set goals that are challenging but attainable.
Ensure that all work is completed and turned in. And there is clear communication with the teachers.
Utilize school resources to help your student succeed:
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Remember, our children are watching how we handle ourselves in this difficult situation. They are learning a lot from our actions. Do what you can to help ensure their success. No one is expecting this to be perfect, but your support and encouragement will make a significant difference for them.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill