We are into our second week of connected learning, and I am sure many like myself are discovering that it’s not always easy. While this is a difficult situation, there are some things you as a parent can do to make life easier for you and your child. The National Association of School Psychologists suggests the following tips.
1. Maintain a normal routine and schedule as much as possible. Have your child wake up close to the same time every day and provide a schedule of expectations. Make it clear to your child that keeping up with school work is an expectation. Along with school work, include chores and daily hygiene tasks. It is important to give your child some flexibility and choice such as which subject to work on first. Stay in contact with your child’s teacher and check the connected learning site daily.
2. Create a quiet and comfortable work area for your child to do homework. Provide your child with the supplies they need to complete their assignment for the day. Don’t stress if they aren’t doing it perfectly. Be patient with them and praise their efforts.
3. Allow time for physical activity or playtime. If you are not able to go outside, there are lots of silly Go Noodle youtube videos that kids love. Your child will enjoy seeing you be silly and playing with them.
4. Keep an upbeat and positive attitude. These are scary and uncertain times, but reassure your child by staying calm and being positive. When your child completes assignments, celebrate with something fun such as playing a game together or making a craft.
5. Monitor non-school related screen time. Make sure you are aware of what your child might be viewing online. Frequently discuss online safety and digital citizenship.
6. Make yourself available to your child. Your child may need extra attention during this time. As you complete daily tasks such as preparing meals or cleaning up, have your child help out. This is a great opportunity to teach your child new skills. Spend time playing a game that you both enjoy or pick a family show/movie to watch together. The important thing is to be present and available for your child. Even if you are busy working, a small amount of quality time makes a HUGE difference.
If you feel that your child is struggling and you would like to talk further with me, I will be offering virtual office hours Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. To schedule a meeting time please email me at email@example.com. If you feel that you or your child is in a life-threatening emergency situation, dial 911 and seek help immediately.
Stay safe and well,
Bells Elementary School Counselor