The American education system has been thrown into one of the most challenging times in memory. All of the country, educators have had to drastically restructure education plans. They’ve learned a lot in the process.
Here are some of the top tips:
1: Work with your child on a schedule. Steve Kennelly, a neuropsychologist and founder of HeadWorks, an after-school coaching program, advises parents to help children make their own schedule. “This will help your child with time management,” Kennelly says, “but more importantly will provide buy-in as your child is also responsible for the plan.”
2: Choose the right workspace. Noelie Hillebrecht, a first-grade teacher in Morristown, NJ says she has students making video calls from their parents’ bed. Not ideal. “Students have the greatest success when they are at a well-lit desk or table and have their materials handy,” Hillebrecht says. “For younger students it's optimal if they are in a space without a lot of external noise.” Also, try to choose a spot by a natural light source if possible.
3: Limit distractions: “When your child is meant to be in class or doing homework, the cell phone and other distractions should be out of reach,” says Kennelly. When your child is using a computer or device for schoolwork, check in frequently to make sure they’re using it as intended.
4: Ask for guidance when you need it. . Lisa Eckstrom, a principal at Princeton Charter School in Princeton, NJ encourages parents and students to reach out to the school guidance counselor if they are struggling: “Parents might not think of the school guidance counselor first, but the person in that role is a big help in coordinating relief.”
5: Make weekends feel different I think that anything that sets the weekend apart is a good idea because kids need to have a sense of time,” says Eckstrom. She says each family can choose weekend activities and rewards that clarify the routine: “A family ritual could be changing the sheets on your bed on Saturday morning or it could be French toast for dinner on Sunday night. It doesn't have to be fancy.”
6: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself—or your kids. Teachers don’t expect your house to be perfect. And they know some days will be more challenging than others. “When we push ourselves too hard one day, we collapse the next day,” notes Eckstrom. “Slow and steady wins the race."