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BRING LEARNING HOME

August 27, 2020

Set Up Learning Spaces

Recreating the familiarity of school at home can help provide your children with structure and routine that they need this fall. Here are some simple ways you can transform your home into a school!

Indoors: Think about your child’s classroom and ways you can recreate a familiar setup. Do you need wall-sized Post-it notes for artwork? Do you need room for a dry erase board for math and languages? Is your child used to sitting by large windows with plenty of sunlight? Talking to your child’s teacher may help you pick out the perfect space at home!

As you set up a space for remote learning, let your child make decisions about what the space looks like. Would she prefer to work at a table, build an indoor pillow fort, or choose another room? Providing input can help your child feel a sense of ownership about her studies. Don’t forget to limit screen time after remote lessons are over to balance computer time with other activities!

Outdoors: Don’t forget the importance of recess! Creating a schedule of midday activities throughout the week can provide much needed stress relief for the whole family. Hopscotch, jump rope, hide and seek, tag, and capture the flag are all classic school yard games you can play together. 

Turn Chores into Daily Lessons

Music lessons: showing children how to play musical instruments at home can help them understand scales and melodies. No instruments at home? No problem! Set up a YouTube feed of musicians so you can watch together or get off the couch and dance to the rhythm!

Organizing the garage: this can help children learn about fulcrums, levers, and the basic concepts of physics by learning how simple tools operate.

TV trivia: Watching shows together and then looking up the cities or countries mentioned will help children learn about geography, as well as sharpen their research skills.

Meal prep: this can help children improve math and reading skills, by following favorite family recipes and measuring and combining ingredients!

Folding laundry: this can help teach younger children about colors, matching, and the concept of sets!

School Supplies for the New Normal

This year, back to school feels a little different for most families. It’s the perfect time to add some fun to your child’s back to school supplies, so they can make the most of remote learning at home. Here’s our must-have list for fall 2020:

  • Wall-sized Post-it notes: for drawings, math problems, and more!
  • Dry erase easel: most fold away for easy storage
  • Pens and pencils with personality: look for writing instruments with fun shapes and prints for little learners
  • Noise-canceling headphones: to help your child focus during online lessons
  • Tote: skip the backpack this year and have your child store all her school supplies in a tote that can be stored when the day is over
  • Lap desks: this allows your child to bring a table top with them if she prefers learning on the couch
  • Hand sanitizer: consider a dispenser with a clip so your child has her own bottle on-the-go!
Back to School

Back-to-School Blues?

August 7, 2014

Make the First Day Fun Again!

It’s never too late to start a yearly tradition! Add some excitement and anticipation to your child’s first day of school by starting one (or all) of these traditions; it’ll not only be a great way to track your little scholar’s progress but will also make for some priceless memories and keepsakes you’ll want to hold on to forever.

Make a Back to School Time Capsule

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With each passing school year, your child learns, grows, and develops his or her own unique view on things while growing their list of likes and dislikes. Celebrate this growth by letting your child experience it for themselves; help them make a time capsule on the first day of school and then join them on the last day of school as they dig it up and unwrap their memories! Such The Spot shares her take on this fun idea including a downloadable questionnaire they’ll love filling out.

Create and Keep a First Day of School Interview

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Each year on the first day of school, have your child fill out a back-to-school interview (with the same questions every time). Create a binder or scrapbook out of their answers; on their last day of high school, gift them with this binder for them to see how far they’ve come! Giggles Galore shared a printable interview to make this one fuss-free activity!

Stage a First Day of School Photo Shoot…with Chalk

Immortalize the memory of your child’s first day of school by staging a first day of school photo shoot!

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Take a Photo of your special scholar on their first day, sharing their hopes and aspirations. Create a chalkboard prop similar to the one made by Just Us Four so you can reuse it yearly for less fuss and more fun! Take one every year until they graduate (or become too stubborn to cooperate).

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Have your child channel their inner artist with easily erasable and fun chalk like Paging Fun Mums did! Depending on their age, you may want to write their grade number, while having them write or draw out their future aspirations.

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