Like most people, I’m still adjusting to the big changes going on in the world right now. One of the biggest changes for a lot of families is at-home learning. Whether that looks like homeschooling, online public school, or some sort of hybrid, each has their own obstacles and learning curve. The good news is that none of us are alone, even though it can easily feel like it. Here are a few tips for making at-home learning easier for you and your child:

  1. Let go of the idea of perfection.

We’re all trying to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. Be patient with your child and with yourself. Your kid probably won’t sit still and silent at the computer all day. They might prefer doing their schoolwork sprawled across their bedroom floor instead of at the desk. What works might not be what you expect, and that’s okay.

2.  Take breaks.

Adjusting to at-home learning might be difficult for your child. Many of their creative outlets are limited right now in the absence of gym, lunch, recess, art, and music classes. Where possible, take breaks to help them release some of that energy. Run around outside. Play a quick board game. Kids can only focus for so long. They need breaks.

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3.  Make it fun!

Learning doesn’t have to be restricted to worksheets, reading, and writing. Adding variety to your child’s learning is important to keep them engaged. Incorporating hands-on learning activities is a great way to get kids excited about learning. For some DIY STEM project ideas, check out The Winkle YouTube channel.

The most important thing is finding what works best for you and your child. Hopefully these ideas help you get a better idea of what that is!