A friend of mine, Jason Hartl, the principal of Dr. Martha Cohen, recently shared an article entitled: Learning from Home: Top Ten Tips for Parents to Keep Kids on Track, from the STEM website Mindfuel.
Online learning requires more than just putting the curriculum onto tablets, we need to find engaging ways to teach kids and ensure they are learning and having fun, said Cassy Weber, CEO of MindFuel.
Tips to keeping kids engaged online:
1. Limit distractions and make sure the space is functional.
2. Encourage regular breaks and stretching, and remember mental health is just as important as physical health.
3. Turn learning into a game for a change of pace.
4. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher and class.
5. Encourage your child to enhance their learning and try to learn something new.
6. Allow for flexibility in your child’s learning schedule.
7. Setting goals and rewarding success goes a long way.
8. Find ways to do things together throughout the day.
9. Take your child’s learning outside when possible.
10. Incorporate regular classroom activities into your child’s day.
Children thrive on routine. Chances are there are regular activities your student’s teacher plans throughout the week. Maybe there’s a theme for certain days of the week, or a certain activity they do together such as reading a book chapter at the end of the day.
At-home learning is a new reality Canadian students may face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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