Summer seems to have flown by, and it’s hard to believe we’re already zooming into a new school year. Needless to say, this school year presents a unique set of challenges as students of all ages will be learning from home. We’re sharing our best tips for making your at-home learning experience a positive one.
Workspace – Don’t underestimate the power of a “home office,” even for young children. It’s important for everyone in the house to have a spot where they can go into work-mode. Giving kids a designated table or desk for class time and stocking it with needed supplies will set them up for success. For more tips on creating an ideal space for kids and adults, check out our blog post on transforming your workspace for happier and healthier workdays.
Routine – In schools, everything is on a schedule, and children thrive on routine. A daily schedule will help both kids and parents focus and get work done. Setting regular checkpoints and breaks throughout the day, like lunchtime and recess, will give kids something to look forward to between working blocks.
Recess – Take a brain break every once in a while– yes, even the adults. Get everyone up on their feet and, if possible, outside. Movement benefits mental health by reducing feelings of anxiety and boosting energy, while sunlight increases serotonin and improves mood. Plus, it can count as the kids’ P.E. class. Take a walk, have a dance party, play with the dog, hula hoop– the possibilities are endless!
Meals & Snacks – Happy tummy = happy learning. Be careful of overly sugary or processed food that will leave kids unsatisfied, unfocused, and possibly cranky. Eating well will keep everyone feeling full, healthy, and happy for a smooth-sailing day.
We know working, parenting, and teaching all day every day doesn’t leave a lot of time for food prep, so we’re here to help. We’ll help you stock the kitchen with delicious meals and snacks, and we’ll even let you take all the credit when the kids love it. Check out our home delivery options for meals and snacks the whole family will love.
Reward – Motivate kids with small rewards for completing assignments well. For young children, rewards like stickers and small toys work great. For older kids, try less-tangible rewards like TV/phone time. With any age group, verbal praise and encouragement will go a long way. When dishing out rewards, don’t forget yourself! Parents deserve to celebrate too. Celebrate as a family once a week with rewards like dinner from your favorite restaurant or a (safe and socially distanced) family outing.
Working and schooling from home may be uncomfortable, weird, and challenging, but it is also a great opportunity for learning and growth. We wish all the parents out there patience and positivity as we head into the new school year!