Since we have officially been told that school will not be back in session this school year I think it’s important to take a moment and figure out what that looks like for our kiddos. As a teacher I worry about the information that was not taught to my students as well as the retention of the things that were taught. Our students have a hard time getting back in the habit of learning and being at school after a week off for holidays so its kind of scary to think about what school will look like in August when students have been out of practice for 5 months. Here are a few things that will help teachers when school starts again. Parents listen up…..
1. Set A Routine
When in school, routines are a BIG deal especially for our k-2 group. Routines help a child’s development by helping them create habits and understand time management. They also strengthen relationships because the time you share is intentional and it’s focused on being together. Now don’t think your routine has to be anything like it is when your child is at school because realistically you as a parent don’t have time to dedicate 2hrs to reading comprehension, writing techniques, and hour for centers, educational games etc. Create a schedule that works for you and your child such as the one below.
2. Read Read Read
Read everyday as much as possible. Reading Is not everyone’s favorite thing to do but it is so important. No offense to math teachers or any other subject but reading is something you will have to do for the rest of your life. There are stages in reading and it is important to recognize what stage your child is in (contact your child’s reading teacher to find out). You can make reading fun by taking turns, reading in funny voices, and maybe even acting out the story once you have finished. These kinds of activities can build your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity. You are also developing your child’s brain by building social and communication skills.
Building social emotional learning, also known as SEL, is an extremely important topic but often overlooked. Now is a good time to build upon the skills that teachers get little to no time to teach. Social skills are important and can be the key to your child being successful in life. Social skills can include manners, working well with others, recognizing and managing emotions, learning empathy, self control and the list goes on. Children will inevitably learn these skills by watching us as adults but most of the time we are not aware of our day to day actions which is why we must prioritize these as lessons.
Is this a complete list of all things that can be done with your kids? Heck No! However, these are just some simple steps that can be taken now to help your child and their future teachers for the upcoming school year. Your little ones education is just as important to us as it is to you and if we all work together we can soften the blow of “Quarentine 2020”. So let’s quarenteach our kids together!