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Posted by: coronadosafe 11 months ago

To all of the parents who are doing distance learning with their children, we see you. We see the hard work you put in each day to make sure your children's needs are met. We see your frustration, isolation, and exhaustion. Take a deep breath and be gentle with yourself. Here are a few ideas to assist with distance learning: 

Write out the tasks for the day

Allow your child to write each task they need to do on post-it notes and arrange them. Children will be able to have a sense of ownership, monitor progress, and feel gratification once they remove a post-it note. 

Start the day with movement

Choose an engaging activity that gets your child's body moving. Movement can help focus your child's brain. 

Take note of your child's attention span

Timers can be a great tool to help children to remain focused. A guaranteed end time to conclude or break from the activity allows children to focus on the task at hand as a small, achievable task rather than seeing the indefinite amount of time it could take. 

Remember to use positive attention

Empower your child to continue working by recognizing and praising when they are working hard and persevering through challenging tasks. Positive feedback helps with confidence, motivation, and frustration tolerance. 

Instead of correction, use curiosity

As challenging as it is to let our children make mistakes, it is part of the schooling process. Before you correct your child's work, ask them about their thought process, and if they would like to try again, with or without help. 

Reach out to teachers for support 

Teachers don't always know what's going on at home. Don't be afraid to ask for help with material or communicate any challenges that make it difficult for your child to learn. Middle and high school students can utilize Power School or email to communicate the need for extra help but they may need encouragement to do so. 

Whether you are the micromanager learning to let go of control, or the laid back parent learning to get involved, each household will gradually learn what works. As you encourage academic growth, remember you are not their teacher. You are a parent helping your child cope with the unexpected. You are not alone.