Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Director — Mrs. Gieschen

April 27

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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 yoga.

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 THE ROUTINE!.

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 help!

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!

Call or email!

Denise :)