Back to school – preparing for online learning

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We are all ready to get back to the routine that comes with getting our little ones back to school.  This year is unlike any other with the unknowns of in-person vs. online, depending on where you live you may already know that the kids will be online for at least a bit of the fall semester.  To that end, we want to share with you our thoughts on building the perfect atmosphere to foster a good education.

Define the space – Whether it is a desk, a lap desk, or a corner of the dinner table there should be a spot where your kids can say to themselves, this is my “work” space.  We need to ensure that our children can own and define their school zone.  Tip: Check that they have an outlet nearby so that your child will not have to worry about charging their device during school hours.

 

Set the scene – Talk to their teachers about what they will need and let your child set up their own supplies.  Organizing the area and allowing them a little freedom can make the transition a bit easier.  Let them lay out paper, markers, pens, note cards etc., so that they are easily at hand.

Build in a transition time – Very much like adults, children use their time on a commute to school to organize themselves for the day.  If there is a routine in place before the school day starts it will make it easier to settle into the school day.   One way is to have a checklist of what you need each morning and to check each item off.  Here is a short one:

Check your workstation for:

 Your Device (laptop or tablet)

 Your whiteboard

 Your expo markers

 Extra paper

 Pencils/Pens

 Homework

By going through the motions each morning, it allows them time before they login to mentally prepare for the school day.

Be available – As parents we are facing the challenges of balancing our children’s education and our own work and it can be a very hard juggling act to manage.  As our children transition back into their routine it is important to support them by being available if they are having trouble managing the technology or need to regain the focus them may have lost over the summer.  If you start the conversation with your employers now about setting aside time in the morning to be available it may make the difference, and who knows they may be in the same boat!

Things to stock up on – printer paper, now more than ever our teachers in the trenches will be sending home printouts to complete, be sure you have printer paper on hand for the school year.  Note cards for creating flashcards, as we take on the role of parent teacher it is important to reinforce the teachings by creating fun ways to engage our children on “off hours.”

Education is one of the greatest gifts that we can give our children.  No matter how you are preparing for the coming school year we hope that everyone is safe and healthy.

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