This year, many kids are doing their learning from home and, without the structure of a classroom, some may have difficulty staying on task.
Here are some ideas to consider as you and your child are adjusting to their new learning environment:
Write out a list of tasks that you, your child, and their teacher set to accomplish for the day. This will help keep their tasks organized and provide daily goals for them to reach. Be sure the lists aren’t too long or overwhelming to ensure that your child is able to maintain focus.
Set up a designated “learning space”.
Take some time to create a productivity space for your child to work that includes the books and supplies they will need throughout the school day. This separates their workspace from their living space and maintains the boundaries between play time and work time. If possible, the study space is best used when separated from distractions like the television or toys.
Taking breaks when it seems your child is getting worn out can be a great way to jump start their energy after a lull. Just as they would throughout the day at school, be sure to give them time to play and rest before jumping in to the afternoon. Consider setting a timer for them so they know how much time they have in between “recess” and work. This is also a great way for them to get their physical fitness in after spending most of their time at a desk or computer.
Practice patience with yourself and your child.
Online learning is new territory for many people and there will be some hiccups before you find a process that works well for you and your child. Don’t be afraid to try new schedules and ideas that work well for your situation.
What strategies have you implemented to help you and your child stay on track this school year?