Getting Prepared for The School Year

August 5, 2020 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

It’s now August and that means school is starting in a few weeks. As a part-time professor, that means getting my courses ready, putting my lectures and discussion topics together and getting prepared.

School year starting

That’s the normal part…

The abnormal, crazy thing is that we have to figure out how to get our kids educated during this COVID-19 pandemic! Teach but stay safe! Educate so that your kids learn properly whether online or face-to-face.

Online learning

There are so many questions that need to be answered??

• How do you feel about sending your child back to school?

• What is your school district offering – Online learning or face-to-face?

• Is your child learning effectively in a remote (virtual) environment?

• How do I help my special needs child learn if they are not engaging online?

Alright that’s the unknown and the unknown is scary. Instead let’s focus on what we know and can control:

• Most school districts are offering learning alternatives – remote (online) for younger grades and face-to-face for high school seniors.

• Ask questions of your school administrators to find out how the school year will be conducted.

• If your child didn’t engage well with the online classes, think about why and what you can do at home to supplement their learning.

As my mom used to say, “this too shall pass.” As you and your family work through the challenges related to this pandemic, remember:

1. Stay calm

2. Practice parent self-care (take care of yourself)

3. Make time to listen to your children

4. Be willing to learn what your child already knows

5. Maintain (or implement) routines

Great advice from Minnesota Department of Health and MsParentguru.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/mentalhealth/children

Remaining calm and positive is important for you and your child. To them the pandemic is an adventure. If they’re a tween or teen, then the pandemic is an annoyance! Turn it into learning opportunities where you discover stuff about each other.

Have as much fun together as possible. 🙂

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru

clynnwilliams.com

Entry filed under: Parenting.

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