Information is coming and changing at an extremely fast pace. It is hard for all of us to catch up. Today I am asking parents and care givers to give themselves some grace and time and not set expectations from themselves to have a fully functioning home school happening in their homes. We all want what is best for our children and students but this is going to be a new normal for all of us, and we are all in this together.
What can you do today to help your kids? There are a few things I recommend:
1. Create a Schedule and Stick Close to It
Kids always benefit from a consistent schedule, but during a time of many unknows and increased anxiety a schedule provides kids with structure and a feeling of safety. Here are a few sample daily schedules:
2. Get Outside and Get Your Kids Moving and Limit Screen Time
Be sure to prioritize exercise and outdoor time in your child’s day. It is easy for all of us to dissociate and get lost in technology and screens. But research shows that the short term benefits of the distraction are quickly out weighed by the long term impact on a child’s attention span and ability to regulate their emotions. Put a limit on screens and be intentional with getting your child moving and out in to fresh air.
3. Review Learning Resources and Get Organized
Have your child help set up a location and organize materials to do some learning time during their day. Many children left school on Friday with lots of resources, in addition to these resources we do have online learning accounts that students are able to access. I will share more tomorrow on the online accounts that our students are familiar with and have access to. Also be sure to pull some books out to add to their learning materials, choice reading is still essential every day!
4. Reach Out For Help When Needed
If there is anything you are struggling with please know we are school community and even though we are physically separated we are still here for each other and can help. If you need help with anything do not hesitate to reach out.