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Schools are Closed – Now What?

Recently, the school systems in the DC area announced school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some extended closures are longer than others. To ensure that students keep learning and progressing in their grade levels, schools are adapting lessons to utilize  online learning. However, parents are having to adapt, too, juggling their own work with the helping their kids keep pace.

Below are some resources that may help you as you learn to navigate this “new normal.” From tutoring help to additional practice with difficult concepts to enrichment activities, there are a lot of ways to help kids keep learning while social distancing.

  • PBIS Rewards – Online Learning Resources
  • The Journal – Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak – some of the resources require a teacher or school to register and provide parents with log-in info. Some resources are open to parents directly.
  • We Are Teachers – 175+ Amazing Online Learning Resources
  • LiveScience – Activities and Online Resources for Homebound Kids: A Coronavirus Guide
  • Action for Healthy Kids – COVID-19 and At-Home Resources
  • Rose Hulman Institute of Technology – AskRose.com – Free tutoring for grades 4-12 in science and math. Available via phone, email, or chat.

There are also some things you can do at home to help your kids be more successful in staying on task and completing their eLearning. For instance:

  • Have a designated learning space with limited distractions: make sure you child has a space to complete their school work. You don’t have to go out and buy and furniture. A table is sufficient. But it should be away from distractions like the TV or toys.
  • Create a routine that includes regular breaks. Try to start the day at the same time the would normally start school. Have them get up, get dressed, and eat breakfast, just like on a school day. Have regular breaks for snacks or physical activity, and set a timer to help you stick to the schedule. Keep the evening schedule the same as well, with bath time and bedtimes consistent with a normal school day. These routines will help your kids stay focused, while providing needed breaks – and the routines are also comforting.
  • Get outside as much as you can, while maintaining a safe distance from others.
  • Give kids time to check-in with their friends. Kids are social creatures, and they are likely missing the daily interaction with their friends and classmates.
  • Cut yourself some slack. You aren’t the only parent struggling with this new normal, and it may be helpful to chat with other parents, share ideas, and just commiserate. This can be incredibly cathartic and you may learn some tricks you can incorporate into your own routine.
  • Help kids keep track of what’s due and any scheduled video chats with their teacher(s) on a calendar. Help them set goals for the work they want to complete each day.
  • Make family time a priority. When you are literally taking your work home with you, it can be difficult to separate work and school from home life. Don’t let either overpower your need to connect as a family.

We are all in this together, and we’ll get through it together!

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