COVID-19 learning is our new reality and it has created a new kind of teaching for everyone. But for parents, who are now taking on this responsibility, the question of where do we start is major.
COVID-19 Learning Tools
- Keep a log of learning – Learning can occur anywhere, so take a few minutes, to get your child to write down what they’ve worked on.
- 24/7 Fieldtrip– Think of the time at home as a 24/7 field trip. Look at family life as learning opportunities. It doesn’t have to be “worksheet learning”. Ask your child to alphabetize the pantry or a book collection. Take those same books and have them make a domino track and get them to fall down. In schools, teachers plan for the entire class. Look for activities for YOUR CHILD to learn. They don’t have to be teacher-assigned. Use your log to track the learning.
- Take Breaks – Kids and teachers have down time when they go to other teachers. So be sure to include them in your schedule.
- Set routines – Kids may not admit it but they like routine. They like to know what’s next and with the uncertainty around COVID-19, a routine will be comforting for your child. Schools revolve around routine. So do your best to create a routine that works best for YOUR family. Maybe it’s blocks of time, early/late morning or even days of the week that work best. Make the schedule one that you can ALL live with and CHANGE IT if it’s not working.
- Talk, Talk, Talk – Kids learn best when asking and answering questions. Take cues from them. And it’s OK if you don’t know all the answers to their questions. A perfect learning opportunity is researching the answer. This is a great opportunity to build independence, too.
- Read, Read, Read – Support reading by reading everything possible. Books, cereal boxes and even closed captions to anyone that will listen (dolls, pets, Facetime audiences, siblings). Follow up activities can include writing about what they’ve read or writing letters or sending drawings of their reading adventures. All these activities are literacy based and can be a few words, few sentences or a few paragraphs based on your child’s age.
- Project-based learning – Engaging kids in a project that they want to do will make teaching SO much easier. Help them identify a project and watch them be creative. Two of my granddaughters created a lending library of their books that kept them involved for over 3 hours!
We don’t know how long these uncertain times will last. But it may be a marathon friends, so pacing is important. Remember to keep in mind that perfection is not required.