Tips from a School Psychologist
As we embark on a new way of learning through remote digital learning, here are some suggestions for parents and families that can be helpful in creating a home learning environment.
- Continue routines
- Continue your morning routine of having your child wake up, get dressed, and eat breakfast like they would do on a typical day.
- Continue nighttime routines and have your child continue with their typical bedtime.
- Setup a home learning area
- Setup an area where your child will be completing school learning activities such as a table or desk. This could be the dining room table (consider using a bin or box to place supplies when learning time is over).
- Make sure the area has the supplies your child needs and a clock if possible.
- Setup a learning schedule
- With the help of your teacher, create a schedule of what your child’s day of learning could look like
- Break longer learning activities up with movement activities (i.e. GoNoodle), calming activities (i.e. coloring, mindfulness activities, yoga), snack time, etc.
- Visual schedules are helpful ways to show your child what the day will look like, consider a “Do, Done” or “First, Then” schedule.
- Reinforce school expectations and language during learning times
- Use common language and reinforcing expected behaviors (i.e., Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Caring)
- If needed, create a reinforcement schedule in which your child can earn a preferred activity for demonstrating expected behaviors (i.e. 5 stars = 5 minutes of a preferred activity).
Tips courtesy of School Psychologist Samantha Manduca.
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