Did you have trouble juggling your kids’ e-learning, your job, and the other many responsibilities that come with being a parent? Well, you’re not alone. Do you want your child to do summer school but don’t know if you want to commit to more e-learning?
Here are 3 easy tips to help you and your child maximize the benefits and your time while completing E-learning activities.
1. Start off your day by making a realistic schedule for what you want and need to accomplish. And don’t forget to let your kids help!
- Allowing your kids to have a say in what their day will look like will give them a sense of ownership, making it more likely for them to stick to it. Depending on the child, it can be as vague or detailed as you’d like.
- This schedule will set the expectations for what you and your kids will accomplish but also provides a set of boundaries.
|Breakfast / free play||E-learning with movement breaks included||Outside time / free play||Lunch||E-learning with movement breaks included||Go for a walk||Last E-learning activities of the day!||Help mom & dad with dinner / Free play||Dinner|
2. Set up your environment for success for e-learning!
- Pick 1 place in your house where school work will take place every day. This way your kids’ brain knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time for a break. No one wants to be thinking about their math homework while watching their new favorite show on Netflix.
- Provide proper seating that creates a productive posture for learning! Hips, knees, and ankles should be at 90-degree angles.
- Try to pick a place that offers natural light! Place the light behind the workspace so the light isn’t distracting.
- Minimize distraction by turning off the phone or placing it on airplane mode.
3. Take a movement break! Lots and lots of movement breaks!
- Movement breaks are extremely valuable. Scientists have found that the average learner needs a movement break every 20-30 minutes.
- The area in our brain responsible for memories is known as the hippocampus. The hippocampus processes information and creates long term memories, but this can take time! Movement breaks give our brain a chance to process what we just learned and turn that information into a long term memory. Without breaks, our hippocampus can get overwhelmed and miss out on information that we intended to remember.
- Physical activity increases oxygen to the brain, which in turn enhances our ability to focus and learn.
- Movement breaks can reduce stress, anxiety, and offer a quick sensory break allowing our kids the time and space to regulate their mind and bodies.
What might a movement break look like for e-learing?
- Set a timer to go off every 20-30 minutes
- Start a new timer for 3:00-5:00 minutes (This app is a hit)
- Pick your exercises
- Turn up the music and get to moving!
*You can add challenges to make it more difficult such as doing the movement backward, faster, or slower.
|Break #1||Bear walks & Jumping Jacks|
|Break #2||Crab walks & Somersaults|
|Break #3||Sit-ups & Bunny hops|
|Break #4||Frog jumps & Log rolls|
|Break #5||Free dance!|
|Break #6||Wheelbarrow walk & wall push-ups|
Struggling with E-learning
E-learning is new for everyone, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it isn’t going as smoothly as you anticipated. Implement these 3 tips to maximize the benefits of your E-learning experience! If you want some additional ideas, specific for your child, please schedule a free screening with one of our therapists!
Written by: Katie Estey, OTR/L