With kids at home is an opportunity to provide them deep learning that is more self-directed, playful, and aligned with their development —and much easier for parents to manage. Hence, Learning at Home would always be the best option to encourage them.
The University of Washington has a few tips for learning at home.
Learning At Home
Establish a Routine. Treat your home study as if you were going to the library or classes. Set a time to wake up, shower, eat breakfast, and dress. Having a routine in place can help to structure your life and signal to your brain that “it is time to get to work.”
Have a Dedicated Study Area. When studying at home, creating a physical barrier between your study area and your relaxation area can help you stay focused. This can also help you limit your academic stress in your study area.
Take Notes for Online Classes. To avoid distraction, put your phone away, turn off notifications from messages and social media on your computer, and close irrelevant web pages. Taking notes during online classes can also keep your hands busy and help you focus on the class material.
Keep a Routine for Physical Activity. Set aside time during your study session (for example, every 45 minutes) to get up, move around, and activate different parts of your brain. You can stretch, do some jumping jacks, walk around the room, and gaze out the window.
Don’t Forget Your Social Time. Including some social time in your day can help you stay focused while studying. You can schedule a time when you are less productive to communicate with friends and family. You can communicate with them via phone calls or video chat.
Create a Study Plan and Share It with Others . Write down what you need to get done in the next three days and divide it into small tasks to complete each day. Breaking down a large task into smaller chunks can help you feel less overwhelmed and more motivated to complete it!
Eat Well, Sleep Well. When studying, choose healthy snacks and prepare lunches that will not put you to sleep. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night is the best way to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to begin your day’s study.
Avoid Multitasking. You can schedule chores during your less productive time of day. Set your schedule so that you can focus on one thing at a time (e.g., studying, chores, relaxing, exercising) while knowing that you will have time later to complete other tasks on your to-do list.
We’ve created this Learning at Home Planner to help organize your summer of activities!
About the Learning at Home Planner Contents:
This Learning at Home Planner includes:
- Weekly Themes
- Supplies and Resources Checklist
- Weekly Meal Plan
- Weekly Themes and Activities
The “Weekly Themes” page includes various themes:
- Space Week
- Disney Week
- Super Hero Week
- Pirates Week
- Under the Sea Week
- Dinosaur Week
- Olympics Week
- Steam Week
- Hawaiian Week
Supplies and Resources Checklist
The “Supplies and Resources Checklist” page includes sections to fill in:
- Craft and Art Supplies
- Baking & Cooking Supplies
- Printable Activities
- Board Games
Weekly Meal Plan
The “Weekly Meal Plan” page includes areas to fill in your menus:
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Drinks from Monday to Friday
- Grocery List
- Supply List
- Prep List
Weekly Themes and Activities
The “Weekly Themes and Activities” page includes areas to fill in your activities:
- Learn & Explore
- Fun & Creative
- Watch Movies & Listen
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