Turning your home into a classroom means providing a good learning environment for your child. Temporarily, set up a learning space where you can educate your child within your home. Some ideas for things you might want to do include:
- Set aside part of your table as a space where your child can do activities or set up a smaller table just for them in a quiet part of your home.
- Avoid distractions. Try to keep your child in an area where they won’t get distracted by snacks or other things while they are learning. The dedicated space described above can help with that.
- If you have books, learning toys and other supplies for educating your child, get organized. Shelves or cabinets can help you keep some structure in your learning activities. And if your child’s teacher sent them home with certain assignments, you can rest assured you won’t misplace those assignments or packets that they provided.
- Don’t forget to get some physical activity. In a school, children might have a gym, but at home, you’ll need to get more creative to ensure your child keeps moving throughout the day. Expelling energy is very important for helping young children learn how to focus and problem solve. Leave time in your day to go outside or do some jumping jacks indoors.
Balancing home life and your child’s education
If you’re not used to being at home all day, the adjustment to balancing home life with educating your child at home can be tough. You’ll see the laundry that needs folded, the ingredients ready for you to make dinner and that to-do list you’ve been wanting to check off for weeks now.
During this time of being at home more, you’ll need structure and order just as much as your child. Create a daily schedule that leaves you time for doing schoolwork with your child, household chores, work for your job, physical fitness and more. While it’s tempting to use this time to sit back and relax, some structure will help you to thrive and not wish you had done more during your time at home.
Additionally, guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that it's important to clean your household surfaces regularly to avoid the coronavirus. So be sure you're allowing yourself time in your day to do some sanitization in your home.
Working from home while educating your child
Many parents are not only expected to ensure their children are still learning while schools are closed, but they’re also expected to work from home for their jobs. The pressure on parents is enormous, and that’s where having a resource to help with lesson planning and learning activities for your child is helpful.
Trying to plan out educational activities each day on your own can feel daunting with your long to-do list. We know because we’re parents too. That’s why we created these free resources to support you during this challenging time. We hope you’ll find them valuable and helpful.
We help you make your home a classroom with our STEAM education. We’ve named the course “Learning at Home Through Stories,” so get ready for a fun and interesting preschool course.
Here’s how to get started:
- We’ll send you lesson plans every Sunday and a guide for logging on each day
- Each morning, plan to join us at 9:30 a.m. EDT to start the day with virtual story time. Can’t make it during that time? That’s OK, YouTube has the recordings.
- Share your videos, projects and pictures with our community.
- Weekly lesson plans during COVID-19 Set a reminder on your phone and make plans to join us every school day at 9 a.m. on YouTube. And don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list to get our weekly lesson plans each Sunday. During this time, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know to educate your preschooler at home. We’ll be your education partner throughout the school closures related to the coronavirus.