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Teachers with experience ranging from elementary to high school speak about the things you need to know as you prepare to teach your child at home this school year.
Differentiate School From Home
When it comes to creating a learning environment that is best for your child, try to separate “class” from “home.” You can do this by creating a specific place for your child to learn.
Keep A Schedule
Every single teacher noted the importance of keeping your children on schedule. Kids thrive in routines. It gives a sense of comfort and security. Giving students a consistent schedule as well as breaks helps them be structured and know what to expect.
Make Time For Movement & Outdoor Time
If your child needs a break, they need a break! Set aside some time and let them shake it out before moving on to the next task. Give students 5-10 minutes to sit outside or anywhere away from the learning space.
Bring Their Learning To The Real World
Finding a way to connect with your child about what they are learning is the key to helping it all sink in. The same is true whether they’re distance learning or at school. Find real-world examples that link to the content your child is learning. The more they can build a connection between their work and the real world, the more they will buy in.
Embrace the attitude (Especially For Teens)
Sometimes you have to let the attitude go. Middle schoolers in particular are experts at eye rolling, tooth sucking, and mumbling some back talk under their breath. Not every expression of frustration that they give you warrants a lecture or even acknowledgement. Pick your battles.
Consider Your Child’s Emotions
We are all living through unprecedented times, and though your kiddos may be showing it in different ways, they’re also working through a lot of big emotions. Give them some space to feel. Understand that some days will be really tough.
Technology Do’s and Don’ts
One of the harder aspects of teaching is managing technology. The computer is not a babysitter! Engage with what your kids are doing, even if it is just for a few minutes at a time if you are juggling work or other commitments. To keep kids focused on devices you have to give them breaks from the device. It sounds counterintuitive, but they really do need to step away for a little while.
Don’t Skip Out On ‘Specials’
Do not let your kids skip their ‘specials’ classes. It might be the creative or movement break your kid needs! It could be their favorite class in school and help make the least favorite more bearable.
Accept That Your Child May Struggle
They learn in the struggle. It’s hard to see your own kid struggle. But remember that it is okay to let them sometimes.