At Home Learning Success
Source: Good Housekeeping, October 2020 article, At-Home Learning Success, written by Mary Sauer and Marisa Lascala. Summarized by Mary Lou Bullert
1) Stick to a Routine
Inconsistency makes distance learning more difficult. Work for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. Keep materials organized in separate in files or baskets. Kids move materials from the in-box to the done-box. Kids can visually see their accomplishments.
2) Build Independence
Instead of hovering and becoming a helicopter parent, let kids share what they’ve completed. This will build confidence. It will also allow you to work from home. If you have more than one child, you can have divide your time. Follow your school’s benchmarks. At school, students aren’t on task all day. They transition between classes, a teacher has to work with 20 to 30 students not just your child, there’s recess, lunch, gym, and other activities besides sitting in their desk all day. Remember to focus on reading and math.
3) Give Yourself Credit
Be realistic. From time to time, kids will push back at home and at school. Give yourself and your kids some space.
Virtual Learning Resources
Khan Academy provides exercises, quizzes, and videos as well as downloadable curricula for free. Khanacademy.org
Exploratorium includes tools to help kids become active explorers in science.
Hippo Campus offers 7,000 videos in 13 areas, from middle school to college level.