If you are a parent to young kids, you’re probably trying to figure out how to adjust to this new normal like the rest of us, especially if your child is staying home this September!

 

Keeping young kids engaged with virtual/hybrid learning is no easy task, and we wanted to share these 5 tips we have been using to help navigate this new school model.

 

 

  1. Book Social Learning Opportunities

 

Socializing children is super important—their early years are so vital to shaping who they will be as people. However, scheduling extracurriculars and playdates isn’t so easy with social distancing measures still in full effect. At PC275, we have been getting crafty with how we can work around restrictions while keeping our children engaged. One area we have seen great benefit is pairing a younger child with an older mentor/tutor for a weekly Zoom session. The one on one help with a peer closer in age to your child helps keep your child engaged and eager to follow their older peers lead. Another successful area is booking dance parties on Zoom with a few friends from school—the young ones love it and have a blast seeing their friends jam out through a computer screen.

 

  1. Create Designated Work-Spaces in the Home

Having work, play and living all in the same space can be overwhelming—especially to children. It’s essential to create a specific space for them to solely do school work so that they can turn off their ‘play’ brain and focus on the task at hand. If you have a home with multiple floors, we suggest putting their ‘learning’ space on a different floor as their bedroom and/or playroom. This allows them to ‘enter’ their learning space and ‘leave’ this space when the school day is over.

 

  1. Schedule Time for Physical Activity

To keep your child’s attention high, its important to schedule quick activity breaks. This can be a quick stretch/dance session in the living room or a quick walk around the block. We’ve seen the best success when taking a 10-15 minute break every two hours. It’s important to plan to do something a little bit longer at lunchtime so that you can mimic the school day as much as possible.

 

  1. Make Time for Reading and Math

Ensuring your child is keeping pace with their math and reading skills is integral when working towards keeping your child at their correct learning pace. It can feel like pulling teeth most days—but taking the time to do so will help keep your children on pace so that they can resume school at the right grade level and not fall behind. Workbooks are a great alternative because you can easily set time/work by chapters or page numbers.

 

  1. Create a Meaningful Project

The future is uncertain, and all we keep hearing is that life as we know it is the ‘new normal.’ Because we haven’t officially been told when the world will go back to normal, it’s important to create a longer-lasting project that you and your children can work towards. This can be anything, i.e. an English project, science project, art projects, etc. The main objective is to plan to plug away at it every week for some time—just like they would in school!

 

 

We hope these 5 tips help you navigate this stressful time. As a family-first brokerage, we understand first-hand how this pandemic has drastically changed ours and our children’s lives. If you have a tip or trick that’s helping you and your family, we would love to hear it! Drop us a line at [email protected]