Home With Kids? One Teacher Lends Her Advice.
Millions of children have been sent home from schools amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Many moms, dads, and other caregivers are at a loss as to what to do. They want to make sure their kids are being properly stimulated. But without an education degree or homeschooling experience, it’s difficult to know how to pull that off.
One fifth grade teacher from Seattle has offered her advice for keeping kids busy and productive during this time of social distancing. First, she says not to worry about a brain drain. There likely will be some, but almost all children will be in the “same boat,” so the effect won’t be as pronounced.
Shelly Landschulz’s recommendations are broad in scope and focused on children’s overall well-being. They include:
1. Maintaining a schedule similar to the one they had in school.
2. Giving children a choice about the projects they want to work on.
3. Finding out what other families are doing.
4. Allowing for flexible learning. “Don’t feel like your kids have to be tied to the kitchen table all day working – find learning opportunities naturally throughout the day,” Landschulz says.
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Educators: Do you have any tips for caregivers during this uncertain time?