Are your students on Spring Break this week? Our Banyan Tree students are, but with the coronavirus, some parents/guardians are implementing teaching at home to help ease anxiety around school closures and fill any learning gaps.
As parents/guardians, in-home education can feel overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be, though! Here are a few simple tips to help you create structure and a positive learning environment for you and your child.
1. Take it easy
With schools being closed, there is so much pressure on parents/guardians to provide education for their children. While this time can feel confusing and even scary, try not to stress!
Creating a positive learning environment should be the first priority – not worrying over whether your child is falling behind. If you create an in-home learning experience that is happy and encouraging, your child will naturally be more receptive.
2. Create a tentative schedule
Schedules help to create routines, which for all children is beneficial, but especially for children who have issues with self-regulation or staying focused.
A schedule will help to create boundaries between work and play, and offer students time to relax and unwind. It will also help parents who may need to get their own work done during the day, too!
3. Try to stay organized
Organization, like a schedule, helps with regulation and focus. Before you sit down with your child, try to map out a plan for what subjects you will cover or activities you will implement.
Many school districts have resources available online for reference. If you are in the San Diego school district, you can search for your school in Google and find the “COVID-19 Resources” section on their home page. If you’re looking for some resources from us, here are some we recommend!
4. Focus on staying calm
There is a lot of pressure around teaching at home. Try your best to stay calm and relaxed. Your child will feed off of your energy, so if you are positive and generally less stressed, he or she will feel that way, too.
Along with staying calm, try to stay physically close to your child, too. If your student is going to do online classes or lessons, stay in proximity to offer assistance (and technical help, too). If you are going to do direct instruction, sitting next to your child will help him/her feel more connected and supported.
5. Create a to-do list for each day
Keep in mind that your child’s classes and day-to-day experiences have totally shifted. To offer opportunities for encouragement, create a small to-do list with manageable and achievable goals for each day.
As you move through the day, your child can cross off each item and feel accomplished and proud of his/her hard work!
6. Implement breaks and play time
Learning is important, but so is taking breaks! Be sure that your child has time for independent play, online/screen time, outside and exercise time, and mini-breaks during ‘class.’
Check out this schedule we created to help you plan your days!
For other in-home and virtual learning ideas and tips, click here.
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