Electronics- DON’T turn on the TV, if it is on the kids will be very distracted. DO turn the radio on or listen to music, quiet background noise has been proven to help children function well. Set rules for cell phone use, study time is not texting time.
Designate a specific area for schoolwork- Try to set up a desk-like area for your child to study. This should be a quiet area where they are seated upright where they can easily reach all of their supplies. Avoid having them use their bedroom for this purpose. You want them to be in eye’s range so you can make sure they are on track. Options include kitchen tables, islands, and home offices.
Set a schedule- Consistency is essential. Having a routine will get your child back into the groove of going to school.
8 AM – Wake up, get ready for the day, and eat breakfast
9 AM – Virtual school/ studying
12 PM – Break for lunch
1 PM – Virtual school/studying
3 PM – Finish school for the day + have an afternoon snack
3:30 – 6:30 PM – Play/ Leisure time
6:30 PM – Dinner time
7:30 pm – Homework (if applicable)
9 PM – Bath/Shower
10 PM – Bedtime
Know when to step in and help- If you sense your child is getting frustrated or having trouble with an assignment, step in and help. They may not have a platform to ask a teacher or peer for help, you need to be able to play that role for them. However, make sure they are trying. You don’t want to be doing the work for them when they are capable.