Support Distance Learning

Distance Learning is a better choice for some families but it still requires supplementation to balance out individual developmental and academic needs for your child.

My advice for families who are Distance Learning this year is to get organized with a schedule or planner, carve out space in your day for learning time & another time for work (if you are fortunate enough to be employed) so you have the rest of your day to get what you need done.

My son has 2 speeds… GO!!! and asleep. I get up way earlier than my household so I could have a few quiet work hours before I have mom duties, chores or school work that needs tending to.

Supplement Distance Learning with:

Brain Breaks

Schedule breaks or take as needed. It’s really important to balance out all of that screen time with developmentally appropriate activities and basic childhood needs like time outdoors & getting your body moving.

Play-Based Learning

Play based learning is where kids build foundational skills using play. This can be done with educational toys, thematic units and the child’s interests in mind. Check out my shop for my ebooks by theme or just buy the whole bundle.

Educational TOYS

Upgrade your at home toy stash with high quality educational toys. These will help kids engage in learning while they play. For recommendations see our Best Christmas Gifts Posts. It’s time to add to their LEGO collection, STEM toys & at home library!

How much time should we spend learning?

The age & temperament of your children will help you determine how much time to spend doing school work.

Preschool: 5- 20 minutes/ day (focused quality play based learning, reading, counting, etc.)

Kindergarten: 10-30 minutes/ day play-based learning activities

Grades 1-3 to spend 40-60 minutes for learning time per day.

Focus on quality over quantity. My son’s participation, interest and focus varied each day while we were preschooling at-home. More days were 5 minutes of sustained attention and focus & it was like the line at Disneyland. I spend hours waiting and then it’s over in 5 minutes or less. I wondered if I had spent all of that time planning and preparing activities for nothing. He was academically high in all areas upon entering Kindergarten, so just focus on quality learning time.

Family game night is a great way to support multiple grade levels using board games.

Distance Learning

Distance learning is tough but necessary for some families. Don’t be afraid to speak up if your child’s needs aren’t being met. There are a lot of great learning apps out there but our youngest learners really need hands on play-based learning to solidify foundational learning experiences (before they jump into all of the 21 century learning apps).

For independent work set up a productivity schedule to support your child at their level. Ideas like the Pomorado method will work for some and simply posting daily tasks and allowing your child to choose what to do and when will help motivate others.

Quick tips that go a long way!

  • Start getting into your routine EARLY
  • Get ORGANIZED, download a productivity/ Organization app like Toby Chrome Extension
  • Make time for family fun
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Use play-based learning (board games, integrated art projects & collaborative learning like STEM or MAKER days)

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