The upcoming new school year is going to look very different at the end of this month.
2020 has been throwing us curveballs for the last 6 months and our teachers and kids have been dealing with a huge change in how they teach and learn.
The saying #WeAreAllinThisTogether has never felt so true.
Parents across the country are facing the same, if not similar, situations. Some initial planning and preparations ahead of time will help alleviate some of the stress and worry to come.
Most kids will be starting their school year off with some type of Remote Learning. Lessons will be held online at home through live and pre-recorded classes. Now is the perfect time to set up an area that will work best for the situation. Designate a space that is conducive to learning and has little distractions. Remember that this is a learning experience for us all and it may take time to find your rhythm.
Kids will still have time for ‘recess’ and physical activities. This will stay an important part of their day. A healthy breakfast before the day starts and plenty of time to take a brain-break will help keep them focused and on task. Remember mom, dad or caregiver should also take some time out for themselves.
Keep a Routine:
Most kids strive on a consistent structure. Aim for a routine that will work with your schedule and can be kept fairly consistent each day. This doesn’t have to be exactly what a ‘normal’ school day would be like; choose something that works for your family.
Look for the Silver Lining:
Sometimes just focusing on the positives of a scary and mostly unknown situation can help bring a sense of peace. Think of how much money will be saved on not having to buy back-to-school clothes and shoes!
For the kids who do have the option of in-person schooling, the set-up and daily schedule will likely be very different from what they were used too. Take some time to go over the expectations that will be required of them and explain how things won’t be back to normal just yet.
This year has definitely changed the way we live our lives in many ways. We want you to know that we are here to help in any way we can. Many of our staff are facing the same schooling struggles and knowing you have support can be a huge relief.