Resources to Help Kids of All Ages Succeed in The New
If you’re a parent, you’ve likely been pulling
double duty at home this year. After all, trying to balance online learning,
remote work and other pandemic challenges can be difficult enough. As the
summer comes to a close and the new school year approaches, you may be feeling
even more pressure. Deciding between online learning and in-classroom lessons
is just one of the choices you may be stressing about, but these back-to-school
tips can help with the rest.
While many kids are preparing to go back to
school, some little ones are preparing to start their very first year. Here are
some general and COVID-specific tips to help your new students.
- Younger children benefit from
learning at home, so plan age-appropriate activities to help your little
one prepare for the classroom.
- Just keep in mind that staying attentive for extended periods of time
can be tricky for younger children, so help your child master this before
- You should also get your child comfortable wearing masks, especially if
he/she will be attending in-person classes
- First-day nerves are completely normal, but
talking through fears and feelings with your little one can make it easier for
him/her to adjust.
- Also be sure to teach your
kindergartner hand washing songs to help keep them healthy.
for Elementary School
Starting school in the middle of a pandemic
can be tough but so can getting back into the rhythm of learning. If you have
slightly older kids, these tips and resources may help:
- Children of all ages can benefit
from the activities mentioned above but you can also use educational games to help your older children
get back into the habit of learning.
- To make new routines even easier,
you can also schedule a back-to-school session with
Metaphysical Mom, an experienced parenting coach!
- You should also think about what
supplies your elementary-aged children will need if they will be
learning from home this year.
- Kids who will be taking online
classes may miss out on essential social time with their friends but
you can make up for this with virtual playdates during the school year.
- Be sure to send your kids to school
with hand sanitizer to use between hand washes.
Helping Pre-Teens & Teens Adjust
Your pre-teens and teenagers are old enough to
understand the challenges of this school year, but it can also be a challenge
to get these kids ready. Hopefully these tips will make it easier:
- Pre-teens and teenagers can be especially
sensitive to COVID changes, including having to social-distancing from friends,
so try to offer patience and support.
- In addition to feeling the effects
of the pandemic, teens may also be struggling with anxieties or fears related to the new school
- You can also ease these worries by
making sure your kids have the right tech to help them succeed with
assignments and online learning.
- It can also help to give your
teens some dedicated study space to set that tech up in.
- Finally, sending kids to college can also have some
unique challenges this year, so make sure that you and your teen are ready.
By preparing your children for what lies ahead
and making sure they have the resources and supplies they need, you will be
setting them up for success. So even though this school year may include some
additional challenges, it can still be one of the best years yet.
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Article Contributed By: Daniel from Dadsolo.com
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Site updated January 20, 2021