Back-to-school is going to look a little different this year. During this time the majority of students in California are transitioning to all online coursework. Here’s a rundown of a few ways to help you and your child with successful distance learning:
Create a Space
- Set up a quiet, clutter-free area.
- Find an area where you can limit disruptive sights and sounds.
- Even if you’re tight on space, look for an underused area of your home: a hallway, closet, landing or corner may be perfect.
- Make sure to block out distractions: video games, computer games, social media, TV, toys and pets.
Decorate and Organize the Space
- Encourage your child to decorate their space so they’ll look forward to spending time there.
- Work with your child to fill their space with necessary and age-appropriate supplies.
Include Stress Relievers
- Some children concentrate better when they are able to fidget or have some soothing background noise.
- Consider including something to keep their hands busy.
- If the space seems too quiet, consider playing relaxing or classical music.
- If your child has a hard time staying seated, try an exercise ball in place of a chair or allow them to stand.
Use a Color-Coded Calendar
- It is important to set up systems to help your child with assignment deadlines.
- Use visual organizers to break an assignment down into steps.
- Use color-coding for each task or subject.
Exercise and Snack Breaks
- Physical activity is a natural way to reduce stress and prevent anxiety.
- Look for family-friendly workouts you can all do at home.
- It is good to take exercise breaks throughout the day.
- After their break, your child should have a healthy snack before retuning back to work.
Reach Out to Your Child’s Teacher
- Distance learning requires family support.
- If you’re not sure how to do an assignment, don’t just guess—reach out to confirm.
- To support your child, set up a direct line of communication with your child’s teachers.
- Being proactive is essential if your child is struggling in school.
Even when schools reopen, this dedicated space can serve as their homework station, study zone and creative workplace – which will set them up for lots more academic success.