By Erik Berman
Many parents are feeling the pressure of facilitating distance learning for their kids while also working from home. We all want to do right by our children, but you don’t have to be a superhero! Don’t worry about perfectly replicating the school experience. Be flexible, develop a plan, and rely on the resources you can find online.
You don’t have to be a superhero! Some days will be easier than others and that’s ok. Not everyone is homeschooling during school closures and no one is expecting you to become an expert teacher on top of everything else. Choose the times that work for you and your child and cover topics that you are comfortable with. Check out Daddy School by Michael Goldstein; we really like his focus on a positive experience for his children (and also his emphasis on teaching something he finds easy).
School-age children are used to a highly regimented and organized day. Without that structure, it’s easy to let everything devolve into chaos. Don’t follow that impulse. Don’t plan on eight-hour days either; your child simply won’t have the attention span or capacity. (We like Dr. Colette Poole-Boykin’s guide from Good Morning America and her recommendation of 1-2 hours for Elementary School Students, 2-3 hours for Middle school students, and 3-4 hours for High School students.) Developing a schedule will help you and your child cover the topics they need while also making sure they stay on a regular schedule of sleep, exercise, and meals. It’s important enough that even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it.
Schools, museums, coding classes, and companies have all thrown open their (virtual) doors to help keep you and your child in the learning game. Some of these resources provide whole lesson plans while others are full of activities to do, crafts to make, and lectures to listen to.
Check out these resources and share your favorites with your friends! Come back here next week for more tips on learning at home.
Take a peek also at the library's electronic World Book selections: Under Learn, select eLibrary and then W. https://guides.aclibrary.org/az.php?a=w