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Back to School Preparation

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It’s still a little uncertain what the new school year will look like – home schooling, remote learning, a hybrid system or in the classroom, or fully back to school. Going back to school can be stressful for parents and kids, and the pandemic has made it a little more complicated.

It’s important to have a discussion with your kids prior to going back to school. There may be dividers in classrooms, or different ways they will need to have lunch, they will probably have to wear a mask most of the school day. Some of their classes may be structured differently this year. A conversation with your kids can mentally and physically prepare them for the changes that are ahead of them.

As we know, it’s not always easy to avoid distractions, especially for younger kids. There are a few things you can do to help create a more efficient and safer learning environment for your kids while learning from home or at school.

  1. At home, reserve a special area for your kids to learn. Set up a small desk or table, a light, a pencil holder, tablets, and an area to hold their books and belongings.
  2. Take breaks. Break their learning and homework time into smaller intervals. It will help keep your kids focused and allow them to learn a little easier. Include exercise. It helps release pent-up energy.
  3. Get your kids involved in the planning stage. Let them help with building their learning environment, their organizational systems, such as a file folder system or a workbox to put their homework. When they take ownership of the process, they are more likely to hold to it.
  4. Watch diet and sugar intake. Have less sugary foods available. Stock up on less processed foods and fruits and vegetables.
  5. Whenever you can, create a routine. Make a plan of “what comes next”. If kids have a plan on what to expect next, they will be able to transition easier with less stress.
  6. Consider earphones when working at home. Working from home comes with audio distractions – a phone ringing, a dog barking, a car horn outside. Earphones can help keep outside distractions at a minimum.
  7. Do you have other kids in your neighborhood? Consider small-pod learning. A group of 3-5 kids may learn better together. It’s also a great solution for working parents. Talk to your neighbors to see what they may be doing.
  8. Plan ahead. Try to write down as many things as you can for a few weeks ahead. This will keep your kids on track and will help you to keep track of your kids’ progress.

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