This post is sponsored by Sylvan Learning, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
While it’s been nearly a year since the big switch from traditional schooling to remote and hybrid learning, we are all still getting used to the changes. I have finally started to figure this thing out, but by no means am I an expert. The struggle is real trying to keep your young ones engaged while we are working through different lessons. I at least have found confidence in knowing that even as a parent without a teaching background, I am more than capable of lending my child a helping hand throughout this remote learning experience.
I am confident that Madison Kate is getting everything she needs and staying on track with her learning curriculum thanks to Sylvan Learning! Sylvan Learning is focused on building academic confidence, igniting intellectual curiosity and inspiring a love for learning – all of which makes a big impact in school and in life. Whether your kids are in virtual school or in-person at a distance – this is all super new to us. But just because things are different, doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Our children’s education is just as important as ever, and Sylvan is here to help. My goal is to instill in my children that because they are adequately equipped, they can be whatever they want to be in life! Sylvan Learning is the ultimate confidence builder for kids’ education, and even a confidence builder for me. With Sylvan, I know we are not alone in this process and that’s an amazing thing!
I wanted to share with you some tips that I’ve learned through this remote learning experience with young kids!
Stick to a regular routine
One of the reasons traditional schooling works so well is because of the daily routine. Children typically thrive when they know what to expect, repetition and familiarity is the key. It is also important to note that if something comes up, there is no need to fret. We are all in this together and doing the best we can.
Mark your calendars with all important due dates
Life happens, we all know that. With our kids being home more now, it’s important to list out all important dates on a calendar so we don’t miss important due dates.
Create a realistic study schedule
Depending on the age of your children, you want to make sure you carve out time for lunch, possibly a nap, and periodic breaks throughout the day. I don’t know about your children’s attention spans, but I know Madison Kate NEEDS her nap and break times. It works out great, because while she naps, I am able to nap too!
Know your resources
This is so important. Your child’s school typically has great resources, so that’s always a great start. Sylvan Learning is also a great resource that provides both the parent and student the confidence they need to succeed in this “new normal” learning environment that we are all in.
Madison has a tablet, which definitely helps keep her engaged. There are so many great learning activities on tablets! I’m definitely not afraid to learn on technology as we work through remote learning!
Provide environment conducive to learning
When it’s time for learning, we put away all toys, turn off the TV, and gather all of the materials that we will need. It’s so important to have everything you need to complete activities successfully.
Keep the snacks interesting
We use snacks as positive reinforcement. The days we have great snacks on hand are typically the days we are most productive. Madison will remember how to spell her name and will count to 100 with no problems, as long as there’s a Kit Kat involved.
Make it fun
This one goes without saying, but fun learning environments are important, especially with young kids! We incorporate painting, coloring, singing and dancing any chance that we get!
While we are all working through this “new normal,” it’s important to give yourself and your children some grace. We are all doing the best we can. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Without Sylvan Learning, I am not sure how I would be surviving all of this. I never realized the pressure associated with having to teach your own child until everything shifted. I now have the confidence I need and so does Madison Kate. PK4 is coming up and she is on track to success!
I hope you have found these tips helpful! Wishing you all the best. Head over to @SylvanLearning on Facebook, or visit their website sylvanlearning.com to learn more about the services they offer!