These are exceptional times and while it’s important for children to keep learning, there is no expectation that the pace and rigour of a normal school day be duplicated at home. Teachers will continue to provide instruction and parent/caregiver involvement will depend on the age and ability of the child and the time that parents/caregivers are able to give. Every family will determine what works best for them in discussion with their children’s teachers. Make use of what you have available and don’t worry that your child is missing out if you don’t have the latest technology. Simple everyday items and activities offer great learning opportunities.
Disruptions in routines can be stressful. A regular schedule helps maintain a sense of normalcy and stability. As a family, it’s good to set up a weekday schedule including:
- regular bedtime, wake-up and mealtimes
- getting dressed and ready for school (even though they’re at home)
- time for learning
- time for breaks
- daily physical activity
- daily communication with friends and family
Space to Work
Setting up home learning space to work can help children focus. If possible, the space should include:
- a quiet atmosphere
- good lighting
- a desk or table at a comfortable height for your child
- a storage basket or bin to keep supplies (paper, pens, pencils, markers, books, etc.)
- access to a computer/tablet or other smart device if possible
Helping your Child
How much involvement you have will depend on your child’s age and needs. Following are suggestions designed for specific age and grade levels. General suggestions for children of all ages include:
- Let your child see you’re interested in what they’re doing and be positive and cheerful in your approach.
- Encourage positive communication with the child (to give and accept instructions).
- Encourage the development of good work habits and help your child take pride in work well done.
- Be patient with your child and yourself. This is a new experience for everyone and will take some time to adjust to. The most important thing is for your child to feel safe, loved and supported.
- Your child’s teacher(s) will be connecting with you regularly with lessons and assignments.
- When discussing schoolwork, try to keep the conversation lively and interesting. You want your child to be calm, alert and focused, not bored or over stimulated.
- Gauge how your child is doing – physical activity time can be good after each learning activity or following an extended work period.
- Take breaks when needed. These may be frequent depending on whether you see your child becoming frustrated or tired. When that happens, it’s okay to step away and come back to the work later.
- Offer praise and encouragement for things well done, for perseverance and special praise for improvement over previous efforts. Do not make unfavourable comments. Constructive suggestions, gently shared, are supportive. Overall negative judgments don’t work.
FROM THE WEBSITE:https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/