This is uncharted territory for so many of us! I'd like to
encourage you to take a breath and see if any of these suggestions
help with your distance learning:
Start with fun. Try to have some fun
before you get started. Run around the house or do some
Build a routine. Kids do
best when the world is predictable. Get up, have breakfast, play,
do what's best for you! If you need to work, maybe afternoon
or evening school is best. Refine your routine as needed but KEEP
Trust the teachers. Teachers are trying to
figure out the best system for doing distance learning without
overwhelming kids and their families. They are doing lots of videos
to make things easier for you, but YOU NEED TO WATCH THE
VIDEOS! If you're stumped, turn
it over to the teachers.
Making sense of and then explaining concepts that you (might have)
learned 10 years ago could be impossible. This is the time for you
to contact the teachers. Our teachers would love to
Take frequent ten-minute walks,
without a phone. Managing kids
and their schoolwork at home, sometimes while juggling a job, will
be frustrating. Fresh air can be a much needed RESET!
It requires the whole family. This isn't just a
'Mom's or Dad's' job. This might take some creative juggling of
schedules, but the at-home learning can't be left to one parent.
Children crave their parents' attention, during the best of times.
Though not a peaceful period, this odd disruption in ordinary life
might provide a rare window for some parents to spend quantity time
with their children.
Remember to wait. Children take more time to
process questions than adults might realize. Pause and give
them time to consider an answer and resist the urge to jump in
giving them clues to get to the right answer. Being patient with a
child's answer encourages thinking and builds confidence.
Consciously waiting for kids to respond will also prevent parents
from doing the work for them.
Stifle your own perfectionism. Maybe their
letter 'e' looks kind of wonky or it took them a long time to
figure out 4x8. That's ok!!! Stay positive, offer upbeat feedback
with as much specific detail as possible-not just a generic "good
job"-and the child will be more apt to keep practicing. Repetition
will lead to improvement which will inspire intrinsic motivation.
Children need to learn to find their own mistakes.
Reinforce positively. Being
upbeat during a global crisis might be unnatural, especially when
parents themselves feel like freaking out, but highlighting what's
right works for kids. Don't forget how POWERFUL PRAISE CAN BE!
There is something comforting to know that we are ALL in
the same boat here...we are ALL LEARNING!
We are herre for you!
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