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Virtual learning is not without its challenges—but with a little planning, it can be a fulfilling experience for students and parents alike.
Use the following quick tips to create a successful learning space for your child at home:
Create a daily routine. Plan for all tasks including when it’s time to wake up, eat, times your child will learn each subject, homework, breaks, and chores.
Partner with your child in establishing expectations for learning. What do you and your child want to know by the end of week? The end of the day? Partner with your child and allow them to be invested in— and take ownership of—their daily learning experience. Goals can be short term or long term, as long as you both agree to them.
Create a learning environment that allows your child to be successful. Every child has an ideal learning environment, whether it’s a desk near the kitchen, or a table in their room. Whatever they choose, it should be comfortable and free of distractions.
Plan daily check-ins. Daily check-ins establish accountability for learning with your child. During these times, ask your child how he/she is doing, what they need assistance with, view what they’ve accomplished for the day, and provide GLOWS and GROWS. Hold them accountable for adhering to the schedule you have agreed upon.
Provide opportunities for joy. Plan purposeful opportunities for you and your child to enjoy each other and themselves. Let them know what they’ve done well and provide incentives for meeting goals.
We hope these tips help your children stay curious and on-track with their learning while they’re away from the classroom! We know how hard this is and we’re grateful for all you’re doing to support your child during this difficult time.
Please remember we are here for you—reach out to your teacher with any questions you encounter during this process.