Parents Can Learn How To Create A Healthy Learning Environment At Home

March is typically the time of year where educators and students long for Spring Break. Parents, not so much. In this scenario, parents know that there is a beginning and an ending. However, we are now experiencing a time where school closures are indefinite as a result of a pandemic. So what does this mean? Great question. I think that educators, parents, and students alike are in the same boat of “what’s next?” I am, however, ready to offer my professional opinion in hopes that it will help parents understand How To Create A Healthy Learning Environment At Home in the meantime.

Myth Buster:

Parents, please do not feel that you are being asked to “school” or “homeschool” your children when faced with indefinite school closure scenarios. There is no way for you to replicate a school day without the proper training, required credentials, and appropriate materials necessary to deliver all of the educational services and support that your child receives during a school day. Take a deep breath and rely on the messaging and support that you are receiving from your child’s school(s). Also, make sure that you are connected with your child’s teacher as well as the school/school system so that you can remain ahead of the curve in terms of additional communication and supports.

Now let’s jump into how to create a healthy learning environment at home:

 

Determine Your Child’s Learning Style

Every child is unique so everyone child’s learning style is unique. This learning style will dictate what their specific needs are. Are they a hands-on learner? Are they motivated by positive reinforcement? Are they a visual learner? These are only a few questions to consider and if you haven’t taken the time to observe them as a learner, I would encourage you to.

Make The Necessary Adjustments to Accommodate Your Child’s Learning Style and Learning Needs

Parents, our children are making the biggest adjustment in that they have to figure out what not being in school, with THEIR teacher and peer group, on THEIR schedule looks like. So as the parent, give them some grace and help them ease into the transition.

 

Take Part In Their Learning Experiences or Activities

Help your children see that you aren’t beyond reading or doing math along with them. This is also where you can put your expertise on display. If you work in an unrelated field or have educational background in areas outside of Education, figure out ways to integrate this so that your children can see how you employ the skills that they are learning in your everyday life.

Flexibility is Key

Even schools and school systems have to pivot at times when situations arise that require them to “go off script.” Take the added pressure off of yourself AND your child. I am not suggesting that you not make preparations such as creating a schedule. I am suggesting that you avoid binding yourself to said schedule.

Get Creative

Technology, music, art supplies, even You Tube! The possibilities are endless. Our children are accustomed to learning in ways that enable them to help facilitate the educational process. Think outside of the box. Get their input and buy-in and have fun!

 

Here is something else to consider. Do what is best for you, your children, and your household. This is how to create a healthy learning environment at home that will help you keep the peace and preserve your sanity. It will also help your children feel productive and emotionally safe.

 

Connecting with your children’s school is easy to do. Find out how in here:

Five Simple Ways to Partner With Your Childs School