Pinellas County Schools (PCS) are scheduled to open on August 24th. Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego, however, has said plans could change based on the number of Coronavirus cases.
The current plan involves a three-pronged approach including, students returning to classes, students studying virtually with PCS online or students enrolling with Pinellas Virtual School, where they are no longer enrolled at their traditional school and study at their own pace.
Since the closing of schools in mid-March due to COVID-19 pandemic, as parents and caregivers we have been tasked with helping to educate our children and providing safe and fun learning environments for them. From setting up lesson plans and activity schedules to clearing dining tables to use as makeshift desks and finally putting that chalkboard paint to use on a free wall or door, we are doing our best to adapt.
REMAX/Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer says that when it comes to creating a school space for your child at home, it’s important to think about how your child learns best. Keeping clutter to a minimum is something to strive for as our kids learn from home. With a proactive approach, managing clutter can become a regular part of your family’s “homes-schooling routine”. Involve everyone in the family in the process and the results will be worth the effort as you enjoy a calmer, less cluttered home.
Five Easy Ways to Create a Virtual Classroom in Your Home
1. Establish Predictability
Children thrive on structure and routine so it is best to set up a dedicated space where your child can conduct his school lessons each day. Whether it’s a home office, bedroom, kitchen counter, or dining room table, create a space where he can tackle his assignments each day. At school, kids knew where their backpacks had to be placed, supplies or books were kept, and their workbooks had to be stored; if possible bring this consistency to their home study area.
2. Set up a Desk or Table
Give your child a desk or table where he can set up his things and work more efficiently. A desk is a much more effective way to organize books, materials, and laptop as opposed to sitting in his bed. If your child doesn’t have a desk, you can set up a card table or let him sit at the kitchen table or dining room table.
3. Choose a Study Area with Natural Light
Consider windows your child’s best friends for home learning. Studies have shown that students exposed to natural light not only concentrate better and for longer periods of time, but they also tend to learn faster.
4. Set up Computer or Tablet
Because teachers are communicating with their students virtually through Zoom classes, Google Hangouts, and other technology applications, your child needs the proper equipment to connect with his teachers and classmates. If possible, set up a computer, laptop, or tablet at your child’s desk or work table so he has access to online learning.
5. Be flexible with your home and one another
It may take a while to work out all kinks of your virtual classroom set up. Just as teachers sometimes move kids around in their classrooms to find that seating chart that works, you may likely have to do the same with your furniture and your child’s schedule. Our children were used to being with hundreds of kids a day – now it’s just us. Learning how to handle this new aspect of our relationship with our kids will be challenging, but also rewarding.
Bottom Line: Although providing a separate room for your student might seem ideal, there are many creative ways to organize a home classroom within a limited space. With an imaginative approach and organization skills, even a small area in your home can inspire your child’s learning process. For more information and ideas, call The Mesimer today.
Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/23/820228206/6-tips-for-homeschooling-during-coronavirus
Free Online Resources for Families: https://schoolchoiceweek.com/parent-resources-during-coronavirus/
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