Ever since schools closed last spring, many kids across the country have been excited to get back into the classroom. For some, in-person and virtual instruction has already begun. Still, some parents have remained hesitant to send their children back, even as more schools prepare to begin in-person learning, alongside remote and virtual learning becoming the new normal, this school year. But with more and more children heading “back to school” each morning, here are some tips for how to help ease their transition!
Keep doing what you’re doing!
Throughout the past six months, children (and parents) have been building good habits: wearing a mask properly, washing hands and practicing social distancing. Continue to reinforce those behaviors as the first day of school approaches, correcting children as needed and praising them for getting things right.
Stick to rituals!
As part of their back-to-school shopping, consider having your children pick out a new mask that they’ll be excited to wear at school. (Perhaps even surprise them with another new one a couple of weeks into the fall term, to keep it interesting. And make a packing list for daily use: You won’t want to forget hand sanitizer, a mask (and, possibly, a backup) and a water bottle on frenzied mornings before school.
School is still school!
Virtual, at home learner, remote, all means at home. We want to make sure children still know how important it is for them to be their best and pay attention! It's going to be difficult without a teacher constantly reminding them to keep focused plus the change in environment is hard enough! Encouragement is key!
Give them space!
Kids need a clear mind as well as a clear space to excel this school year! Whether it’s a spare bedroom, the basement or their bedroom, help kids design a calm, clutter free, quiet place designated just for learning! Letting kids be a part of this process will get them excited for school and make them feel accomplished to be involved.
Both families and educators are bound to encounter challenges with online education, so don’t be too hard on yourself! These past months have been challenging, and we’ve continued to adapt! Stay positive this school year, and we’ll make it the best it can be!
Posts written by the Team ELM family!