Creating A Successful Remote Learning Environment
Returning back to school is often stressful; getting back into routines, staying organized and helping with homework. These stresses seem to multiply with remote learning. Here are some simple tips, ideas and tools that can help ease the stress of learning at home.
- Create a Schedule Often what stands between goal completion and the starting point are problems around time management and staying organized. Visual schedules help create smoother transitions between activities and lessons, which allows for fewer opportunities for disruptions to occur. A visual schedule also helps your child know what they will be doing that day, helps them to understand what they need to accomplish and is an easy way to stay organized. Attached is a blank copy of a schedule and check list to help get you started!
- Designate a Learning Space Adults can attest to how difficult it can be to disconnect from work when you work from home. It’s no different for children. Now that kids are learning from home, it’s vital to help create clear boundaries and end times for where school begins and ends at home.
- Find a spot in the house that’s purpose is just for learning! Distinguished spaces help children maintain focus by decreasing the amount of outside distractions. Plus, it teaches them that when they are at their designated spot, it’s time to learn!
- Use backpacks as storage to avoid losing or damaging school materials! This also helps keep materials in one place.
- Allow for Breaks Short “brain breaks” during work time or between transitions have been shown to have real benefits! They reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity for our children! Breaks are okay! Breaks are encouraged! Some simple “brain break” activities can include coloring, listening to music or even eating a snack.
Helpful Tip! Use a timer during the brain break (10 to 15 minutes) to get them back on task.
- Keep it Fun! Learning at home can be just as fun as learning at school! Use reward charts or incentives to keep your child motivated. Did they complete their checklist for the day? Great! Let’s reward them! Does your child want to sing or dance while reading? Let’s see those moves! Most importantly, don’t stress! When you are stressed, our children feel that. There’s always support at school and we are here! Reach out to us! We are always happy to help!
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