Tips for Learning at Home
Choosing a Work Space
Find a space that your child can use for their virtual classroom every day. It is best to have a consistent routine, so choose a spot that is always available and avoid moving from space to space. Some children work well in their bedroom, others find it a distracting space, particularly if they can see their toys. Your child may work better in a spare room or at a living room table, particularly if they require help or supervision to complete their work.
Your child will need to sit at a desk or table comfortably to complete their work. A coffee table in front of the sofa may seem comfortable, but it can be hard to position the iPad or laptop and to maintain focus.
Your child will have PE every day, as well as dance and theatre throughout the week. They will need to move around during these times and so will need some space. They may need to move chairs out of the way or move to a more open space for these sessions. If your child attends any Zoom rooms away from their table, please make sure they transition back to their desk to begin their work.
If you have multiple children sharing a room, position them away from each other and use headphones. Please set your child’s zoom display name to their preferred first name (no emojis please). You can adjust their display name in the settings --> profile, or by clicking the 3 dots on their display.
We want children to become as independent as possible with Zoom. Show your child how to join a meeting (all academic and specialist zooms will be on their teacher’s PMI), to mute and unmute themselves on Zoom.
Elementary children need to be able to ‘see their time’. Print a schedule with color coding and/or pictures for each subject and display it on the wall or table next to your child’s workspace. Some children, especially younger children, will need a schedule showing just today’s activities. They can check or cross off lessons throughout the day as they complete them.
It can be tricky to get started in the morning. A checklist with pictures and text (even if your child is reading fluently) can help to keep them on track and help them see what they need to do before 8:45 a.m. Visual countdown timers can help children to see how much time they have left, to pace themselves and reduce frustration.
Young children need to get up and move frequently. In the classroom they would be transitioning from the rug to their desks and between specialist classes throughout the day. Children should get up and move for a few minutes after every zoom call or completing each assignment. Encourage your child to take quick movement breaks, such as stretching, holding a balance pose for a count of 10, or walking around the room or around the house.