Continuity of Learning - Parent Resources

General Tips for Parents/Families 

Take care of yourself and family! 

Your physical and mental well-being is most important.

Create a positive learning environment.

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Take time to talk with your child or teen about COVID-19.

Engaging and Motivating Children During Distance Learning 

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  • Establish regular routines.  Children (and adults) feel better when they have regular routines for sleeping, eating, working, exercising, and playing.
  • When possible, provide opportunities for children to make choices about learning or how they will accomplish tasks.  Children react better when they have some control over their learning. For instance, if your child needs to read a book, give them the choice of reading on the couch or reading at the kitchen table.  Use choice boards as a tool to motivate children. 
  • Make learning fun—use games and every-day life experiences to spark thinking and conversation.  Here are some simple methods to consider.
  • Stress the positives and let the small things go—look for what your child is doing right and capitalize on opportunities to give positive feedback.  Positive feedback is a big motivator!
  • Follow your child’s passions.  Children will be more interested in learning about what they care about.  Use hobbies as an avenue to build academic skills.
  • Strike a balance.  Set clear expectations for what needs to be accomplished (have to’s) and offer your child(ren) opportunity to select some activities they want to do.  You can model this if you are working from home—be open with your children about time frames when you need to focus on work and times when you can be more present and engaged with them.  This will help them to see how they also need times to focus on learning and time to play and relax.
  • Be patient with your child(ren) and yourself.  No one expects perfection.

Maintaining Emotional Well-Being 

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