Resources to Help Parents Make the Most of a Pandemic Education
By Jenna Sherman
Millions of children have gone back to school. Well, many have not actually made it back into the classroom but they may still be learning online. While online learning can be much safer with COVID-19 still a serious threat, there are so many elements of the classroom that can’t be replicated at home. Therefore if your kids are learning at home this year, you may want to use these resources to supplement and support their development:
Finding Help for Learning Challenges
As a parent, you may not be able to provide all of the support your child needs to learn and thrive. So consider taking these steps:
- Hire a tutor to help kids with ADHD or other learning disabilities.
- If you can’t afford a tutor, consider joining or forming a learning pod.
- Ask teachers if they have access to special learning resources.
- Research assistive tech that can make at-home learning accessible.
- Make sure your child’s school is adhering to ADA requirements.
Keeping Children Active In-Between Lessons
With no PE or recess, your children may find it difficult to sit still and pay attention to online classes. Help them burn off that energy with these activity ideas:
- Or you can use online PE videos to help kids exercise at home.
- Even a quick dance break to kid-friendly playlists can help out.
- Outdoor activities can also help kids de-stress and re-focus.
Helping Children Learn During After-School Hours
Keeping your children learning while they are having fun outside of school is another effective way to boost their online education. So try planning one of these learning activities:
- Encourage children to spend time reading books for fun.
- Spend some time in the backyard learning about
- Teach your child how to safely watch wildlife in their own backyard.
- Or have your kids create some art using the power of the sun.
- Online history lessons can be another fun way for kids to learn.
- But don’t forget to leave some time for quality family time
Alternative learning arrangements can be tough on kids, but it can also be challenging for parents. If you need to reach out for support, be sure to do so! Also know that supplementing your child’s education is a great way to keep your little one engaged and having fun. Then you can focus your attention on work or any other responsibilities.