Tip for Preparing At-Home Learners

For many students, heading back to school this year looks very different than in the past.  As a parent, it can be hard to know how to get your student excited for at-home learning.  Here are a few things you can do to help them look forward to learning this year.

Buy Some School Swag

While they may not be walking the halls, picking up few new shirts and a fresh haircut can help your child feel confident.

Child taking notes laptop

Create a Flexible Work Space

Many adults use sit/stand desks and add movement during their work day.  This is even more important for children.  Select a workspace where your child has some room to stand up and move.

Be sure to encourage good posture.  Propping up a device on a stack of books or a laptop stand can really help.

Personalize the School Area

The nice thing about at-home learning is the ability to decorate your space.  Let your child pick out a spot where they are comfortable.  Then, work together to decorate.

Create a Virtual Background

Platforms such as ZOOM allow you to use virtual background.  If allowed by your child’s school, create a fun background on a platform, like Canva.

If you have a younger child, they may want their favorite things in the background (maybe even something they create online).  Middle and high school students are more likely to display something from a video game, a quote that they’re passionate about, or art that inspires them.

Get Some Fidget Toys

It may be hard for your child to stay engaged during virtual learning.  Having some fidget toys can help them release energy while still focusing on their teacher.

If your child is getting restless, try a scribble pad and crayons, a stress ball, or silly putty.  For children that struggle with aggression, lavender hand lotion is a great way for them to self-soothe and calm their emotions.

Schedule & Prioritize Outdoor Time

The COVID-19 pandemic means a lot of us are staying inside and increasing time on our devices.  This is unhealthy, especially for our kids.  Schedule regular recess and other outdoor playtimes.  Outdoor activity will help your child get the fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun.  Both are great for physical and mental health.

Structure Snack & Lunch Times

Many kids try to grab extra snacks while at home.  This can lead to unhealthy eating patterns.  Additionally, eating the wrong foods can dramatically effect your child’s attention and moods.

Plan set times for meals and snacks.  It’s helpful to let your child pick out foods on grocery trips.  You may need to give them some healthy options to choose from.

Keep a Regular Bed Time

Proper and regular sleep is essential for kids and especially teenagers.  Have a set wind-down routine in the evening and get ready routine in the morning.  Ensuring that your child keeps this routine will increase the likelihood that they will be prepared for learning and form good habits.