Before beginning distance learning:
- Create a visual schedule so your child knows what is expected each day and have them stick to a routine just as if they were going to school. Using a checklist can also help your child stay focused throughout the day.
- Choose a quiet place in your home to be his/her “classroom.”
- Remove any possible distractions from the environment (i.e. video games, television, preferred toys, etc.).
- Put all of their school supplies in one location, such as pencils, crayons, paper, etc.
- Ensure that your child has an optimal seated posture to help increase attention, focus, handwriting legibility, and fine motor control:
- The computer or tablet should be at eye level to prevent hunching over.
- If the chair is too high, place a box or books underneath your child’s feet so they can rest flat on a horizontal with knees positioned at 90 degrees.
- If the table is too high, place a cushion underneath your child so that the tabletop is at elbow height.
- If your child’s back is not supported, place a pillow behind them so their hips are positioned at 90 degrees.
Before each day:
- Begin by checking in with your child to make sure he/she has all of the resources and supplies they might need.
- Before their class begins, have your child get some of their wiggles out! Play a game outside, take the dog for a walk, or do anything to help them get moving before their day of distance learning begins.
During school hours:
- Offer your help and support so your child knows you are available if needed.
- Encourage movement breaks! Physical activity is essential to stay alert and focused.
- Find what motivates your child and help them stay on task by providing rewards (i.e. a sticker chart to earn a prize, etc.).
- Children frequently require more time to process verbal instructions or questions. After asking your child a question, give them time to think about their answer before jumping in with your answer or idea. Not only will this encourage thinking, but it will also help them build self-confidence in their abilities.
- It is easy to take control and complete tasks for your children or stress over “perfection,” but try to resist these urges. This is new territory for everyone, so it will take some getting used to. Remember that children respond well to positive, encouraging feedback. The more positive you are, the more your child will be willing to continue practicing. The attitude and outlook you provide when introducing a topic will make a huge difference in how your child responds.