Remote Programs

Switching to online school has been hard for us! How about you? We found these ideas to help both you and your kids be productive at home while maintaining your work/home balance!

1. Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Ask about new homework policies and how you should be involved in helping your child succeed.

2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.

3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Setting a schedule helps kids thrive!

4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child to break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.

5. Keep distractions to a minimum. Limit TV, loud music, or phone calls. Be mindful of the technology use of your children and make sure it is enriching their learning rather than distracting. 

6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions, but it's a kid's job to do the learning. Empower children in their learning process!

7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.

8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.

9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives. Make sure their efforts are being praised and not just performance.

10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Don't be afraid to ask for help! We also have volunteers who are willing to meet remotely with your child if they need any additional help!Ideas courtesy of https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/homework.html