By Christine Morris, Membership Advisor
I cannot believe we are moving into week 7 of remote learning! Who would have thought that this was ever going to actually be a thing that parents all over are trying to navigate?
Going into this whole thing I had a plan, and we were going to crush this whole ‘homeschooling’ thing. Little did I know how much I was going to learn through this process as well!
I have some tips that have worked for us, but I would also love to hear what you are finding does or does not work for you.
Create a Schedule – It is very important to have set times for meals, chores, school and activities. Our kiddos are coming from a very structured environment and it has helped with this transition to have a set schedule.
Help them create their own workspace – this has given our kiddos some more structure in knowing what to expect each day and it gives them a sense of pride that they created their area.
Don’t be afraid to bribe them (ha!) – seriously, you’d be surprised how much better they’ll focus if they know they are getting a reward.
Let the kids decide – this has really helped our 6 yo feel somewhat in control of his day. It doesn’t matter what order he gets his work done in, as long as its done.
Brain breaks are a lifesaver – we quickly learned that our very energetic 6-year-old boy cannot sit and complete all of his tasks in one sitting. We start the day with a quick meditation, and all throughout the day, we set 5-minute timers to allow him to get the wiggles out.
Break up the day – don’t try and get all of the assignments done in one sitting. Have some activities for the morning and some for the afternoon.
Make checklists – I LOVE lists, so this was a no brainer for our 6-year-old when I received the first email from his teacher and had to figure out a way to keep track of everything he was supposed to complete every day. Just type something up print and place in a sheet protector so they can use an erasable marker each day to mark off tasks.
Make it fun – being at home with your kids gives you time to try some ‘outside of the box’ thinking when it comes to learning. Take them outside and practice spelling with sidewalk chalk!
Give EVERYONE grace – everybody functions differently, and it is not always going to be the way you want things to go, but that’s ok. We were all thrown into a situation that is a little scary and unplanned, not every day is going to be perfect and that’s ok. At the end of the day, I am choosing to look at this time as a blessing.
I’m sure there are so many more amazing ideas, but these are the things that have made this time easier for us. I’d love to hear what works for you!
As a fourth generation Colorado native, Christine grew up in Boulder enjoying all indoor and outdoor activities. From an early age Christine has had a passion for sports and fitness including swimming, volleyball, kickboxing, yoga and 22 years of dance. Her passion for helping others find their joy for fitness and health, makes her role as Membership Advisor a perfect fit. Christine discovered Barre in 2010 and was an integral part of The Barre at Greenwood. In her free time Christine enjoys time with her husband and their three children, traveling and continuing to craft her skills as a natural light photographer.