We'd all hoped by now students would be returning to school in person, and we'd all be busy with school supply shopping. While you’ll probably still need to do some of the same preparation, things might look a little different this year if you and your child have selected at-home virtual schooling. We understand what an odd time it is, and some parent’s might find themselves not knowing where to start. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Check out these home-school tips to get your little one excited and prepared for virtual learning!

At-Home Classroom

Learning at home can be a big change for students who are used to performing in a classroom space. Setting up a designated work station for your child can help them remain engaged, and not distracted by things at home. Make sure your child has a hard surface to do writing, as well as a comfortable area for things like reading! Pick a quiet, well lit area of the house, preferably one where the door can be closed to give your child the privacy they need to pay attention to their virtual lesson! But don’t forget – if you aren’t able to accompany your child the whole day, check on them frequently; even if it’s just quickly peeking in!

Keep it Routine

It can be hard for children to stay focused and on task when they don’t have a set schedule. Just because they are at home, doesn’t mean they can pretend it’s the weekend! Set a schedule for your child that is as close to a normal school day as possible. Doing things like waking up at the same time, eating lunch at a designated break time, and taking a few regular breaks from lessons will help your little one get through their daily tasks with ease. If you can, try taking a quick break to go outside and enjoy the fresh air as a child would during recess!

Supply the Supplies

Making sure your child has everything they need is crucial to a successful at-home learning program. Most programs will require at least a computer or form of tablet for your child to access their program. While their lessons are an important part of virtual schooling, don’t forget your child needs things in the home as well. Make sure you provide your student with plenty of supplies including notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, and markers! This will also help keep your child’s focus on their lesson, rather than running around the house looking for supplies when they need them!

Adapting to new situations can be hard for little ones, but with these simple tips, you can make sure your child is getting the best experience they can out of their current learning situation!

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