What Can Parents Do to Help Teach Their Child at Home?
CCSD Staff 2 - 3/30/2020 4:15:00 PM
During these unprecedented times, it’s important now more than ever to engage with your student in their schoolwork. We understand the reality of students learning at home can be very challenging for parents, as you juggle your own work responsibilities, while ensuring your family remains healthy and safe.
As you navigate this new and temporary normal, CCSD staff and administrators are committed to making sure you have the right tools and resources you need to help your student succeed. Alissa Putnam, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, recommends the following tips for parents of students at all grade levels when supplementing learning at home:
- Stick to a schedule.
Putnam recommends parents help their student establish a schedule. This schedule should consist of activities, schoolwork, lunch and some form of play to help mimic their routine at school. Creating and sticking to a schedule helps create a sense of normalcy and stability.
- Communicate with teachers.
Parents are also encouraged to keep in contact with their student’s teachers, whether they need additional help or not, via email, social media or learning platforms. Teachers are ready and willing to answer any questions you might have, and they want to hear from parents and students as much as possible during this time.
- Take breaks.
Putnam reminds parents this is uncharted territory for all of us. It’s okay for students and parents alike to take a break and process everything that’s happening as a family – it’s actually encouraged. Carve our specific time for you and your student or your entire family to pause andtake a walk, make a meal, watch a show or play a board game. Taking care of yourself and your family should be your top priority, but sometimes it’s the first thing that is forgotten.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Parents are reminded that it’s okay if they can’t help their student get through all of their learning opportunities each day or week. The last thing the district wants is for this to cause unnecessary stress on families. Sticking to a routine is a great way to ensure your students gets learning time in throughout the week, but don’t be defeated if you can’t get to everything. You’re encouraged to reach out to your student’s teacher if you feel like they are falling behind for whatever reason.
- Check learning platforms regularly.
Regardless of a student’s grade level, parents are encouraged to check Class Dojo, Google Classroom or other platforms being used for teaching on a regular basis. We understand an assignment may slip through the cracks, but regularly checking these platforms will help students stay on track.
If parents or students have any questions, they are encouraged to reach out directly to their teachers or building principal. Please continue to check the district Facebook page and webpage for updates on everything related to COVID-19. Remember, we are all in this together, and we will be a stronger Cavalier Nation because of this!