Learning Spaces at Home
Create Learning Space – Learning can happen anywhere. However if you can, you might find it helps to set up a separate space for your child where they can focus on tasks. It also makes it easier to keep everything from school in one place, so nothing goes missing. The space will look different in every home .
Structure the Day – The goal is not to re-create the school day exactly, as that is impossible, but to build a new routine for doing schoolwork at home. It can be helpful to try to structure the day, so that you all make the most of your time together and keep on top of everything else you need to do. Collaborate with your kids as you make a schedule. A regular routine can support everyone.
Be Flexible – Children should not be sitting for continous hours. Break-up school work into smaller chunks of time. Your child may need more/less time to complete a task than what the teacher suggeted. The younger your child is, the more often they need to move.
Take Breaks – It’s really important for both you and your child to have time to relax and time to move. So make sure you have regular breaks for playing, relaxing, and exercising. Naps are still important for young kids. Older kids need some predictable downtime too, especially in a stressful and uncertain times.
Tap into Interests – No doubt there will be times when it will be difficult to get them motivated. If they are losing interest, try to think about things they like. If you follow their lead and join in, they’ll be more motivated to keep going.
Stay Connected – Stay in touch with teachers and other parents to work through it together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are concerned that your child is struggling with their learning, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.
Stay Positive – We know this will be very difficult but we’re all in this together. This is new for everyone, so try to remember, you are doing a fantastic job.