In my last post, Tips for Teachers for Virtual Learning, I gave tips that teachers could use to help with virtual learning. The tips help both teachers and students. However, I feel that there are tips that parents can do at home to help as well. I am sharing these tips as both a teacher and a parent who is participating in virtual learning right now. In my district, we have been back to school with fully virtual learning for a week and a half. Here are some tips for you, as parents, that I think you will find helpful:
1. Have a designated space for your child to learn. In school, students have their own space at their desk or table. I'm not saying you should go out and buy a desk, but if you already have one or want to purchase one, by all means use it. There are some great options available for desks too. They even make folding desks that you can put away (like the foldable tables) when you're done using them. Otherwise, find a space for your child to use that is set up for him or her and that they know it is "their school space". I think you'll find that this is helpful because it will be the place they know to go "for school". Here's a folding desk that looks nice and is easily stored:
2. Print your child's teacher's schedule. Have it next to your child. Having a schedule is something that I recommended for teachers. Having it available for your child will benefit both you and your child. Children thrive off of predictable routines. When they have their schedule visible, it helps them know how their day will go and what comes next. It provides structure. I would also recommend laminating it if you have access to a laminator. If not, Amazon has some inexpensive options that are great. I personally have an Amazon brand laminator at home and love it. Here it is:
3. Provide opportunities for your child to release some energy. Even while your child is working, there are some great products out there to help them maintain focus. For starters, fidgets. There are a HUGE variety of fidgets out there. Not every kind works for every kid. They are usually relatively inexpensive, so get a few and find the one that works for your child. Here are a few ideas that I use with both my own children and with the students that I support.
This is such a fun and simple craft for children (and adults!) that also incorporates fine motor skills.
All you need is:
1. Pony Beads in any variety of colors (the clear colored ones make good sun catchers)
2. Small Cake Pans (4 inch diameter for coasters)
Here are links to products like I used on Amazon:
Here's the steps. They're simple to follow.
First, place beads inside the mini cake pans. You can either place them in a pattern, or just put them all in and fill the bottom. Either way will work just fine.