At the moment, we are being told that the pandemic may subside by the middle of this summer and we may be getting back to normal by the beginning of the Fall 2021 scholastic session. That being the case, our school-age children are going to need some help making the transition. We all know that the pace of homeschooling is more relaxed, and the same goes for the online classwork that our kids have been doing for the last 12 months or so.
As adults, it can be easy to forget how much time that is for a young person. For elementary school-aged children, it may seem like their entire lives have been spent learning through an online portal. So here are a few tips we feel may be helpful to use for the rest of the remaining school year and through the summer.
1. Prep Your Kids Mentally
Be sure to explain to your children that going back to brick-and-mortar school will mean a change of pace and a greater focus on mainstream curricula.
2. Do Some Practice School Days
It might help to run a few “fire drill days” at home. Just run your house for the day like it was a school, with class times, lunchtimes, playtimes, and so on. It doesn’t have to be often, just enough to simulate the more hectic school schedule.
3. Look Into Online Tutoring Services
Online tutoring services are a great resource to ensure that your kids can experience a more professional-educational-like environment in their daily pre-return scholastic adventures. It will also give them an edge in the classroom as most children are likely to have gone all summer without any schooling at all!
Finally, get them pumped for a return to school by talking up all the things they love about school like the playground, seeing their friends, and participating in exciting team sports activities. And don’t worry, children are very resilient. They’ll be okay as long as they get the prep they need!