Set a regular time for your child to do schoolwork
Children do best when they have a routine. Having the same schedule every day helps children feel prepared for their day and creates a sense of normalcy. If a schedule is provided by your child’s school, post the schedule in a common place where both you and your child can see it. If your child’s school does not provide a schedule, think about what a typical school day looks like and do your best to recreate it. If you need help creating a schedule, ask a school team member for ideas.
Create a study space
If possible, try to create a designated workspace for your child that will only be used for attending their virtual class sessions and completing assignments. Using the same study space will help your child transition into “school mode” and help your child establish their routine.
Ensure that your child has all the materials they need
Try to collect the items your child may need to complete their assignments from home and keep them easily accessible. This could include books, pencils, a pencil sharpener, notebooks, paper, a dry erase board and markers, a calculator, a computer, Internet access and possibly a printer. If you don’t have Internet access or a computer, reach out to your child’s teacher, school counselor or school social worker to see if these resources are available through the school.
Make sure your child is comfortable with their online learning platforms
Take some time to familiarize yourself with your child’s virtual learning platforms, and work with your child before their classes begin to help them feel comfortable accessing everything. Help your child log on to virtual learning platforms until they show they can do it independently. Consider saving bookmarks on your Internet browser or keeping a visible list of important websites, online tools and resources, and login information. If you don’t understand the online learning platforms, contact your child’s teacher for help.
Try to find a quiet workspace for your child so they will not be disturbed. Close any unnecessary computer programs and Internet browser windows or tabs. Be mindful of noises that could be distracting, and turn off the television, music and phone alerts. Consider allowing your child to use headphones if you have them. A sound machine or white noise phone application could also minimize distraction from other noises. If you have multiple children in distance learning classes at the same time, try to find separate spaces for them to attend their classes and complete assignments.
If your child’s teacher provides a syllabus, make sure to review it at the beginning of the quarter
Make note of big assignments and help your child set smaller goals or “deadlines” that will help them stay on track. If it is possible to start working on these assignments early, your child will feel less overwhelmed when it is time to turn them in. If there are times when your child is unable to participate in school for medical reasons, they will be better prepared to stay on track if they have already gotten a head start.