Distance learning is not homeschooling, but it definitely requires the same attention to planning the school day at home and keeping kids, and you, on task. Click here to download the VKZ School Planner!
At the end of last year, many parents thought they had made it through and distance learning was a distant memory. However, it looks like 2020-2021 school year is going to be full of a lot of firsts, and frustrations. I absolutely hear you on how difficult it was and how close to losing your sanity you came and you may not be looking forward to a return to that uncomfortable chaos. But, it doesn’t have to be hard or frustrating. I am here to offer some tips to hopefully make your distance schooling experience a better one.
The Vegas Kids Zone Distance Schooling Pack comes with all you need to organize your at-home school. Kids can organize their day or you can sit down and plot the courses. This is ideal for kids with special needs who may need prompts and visual reminders to keep them on task. The 7-page planner pack is free through August 15 to Vegas Kids Zone subscribers, after which it will be available to purchase for $7.97. The handy pages include spaces for passwords for emails, login info for classes or programs, an assignment log, schedule by week and subject and syllabus and more to keep kids and you informed of all that needs to be done and when.
Distance learning can be an opportunity. I’m hoping to help you change your perspective and enjoy this memorable, if unusual, time.
Mom Tip – Schedule free time in when you can to act as a catch up if you get behind and also put a place holder to remember to relax and take a breath. Make this a time of joy rather than jamming kids’ days with facts and info.
Tip #1 Make a Master Schedule
With everyone having Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts and Assignments due and one on one work, your schedule is insane. If you try to keep it all in your head, you are going to either drive yourself insane or you are going to miss about a bunch of important stuff.
Sitting down and writing out a master schedule of what everyone is doing and when will allow you to have time for yourself. As a fulltime working homeschool mom, keeping a schedule with room for free time makes it easier to get what I need done without feeling stressed out. Consider hiring a tutor for subjects that you and/or your child struggle with. For about $25 for one hour a week, your kiddo can get extra help on specific trouble areas. Or go in with a group of parents and hire a tutor for 2-6 kids at a set time each week. This also gives working parents a scheduled break to get work done at home. Smaller groups are better for kids to really get the most out of a microschool set up.
Tip #2 Have a Locked in Morning Routine
Just because you aren’t physically going anywhere, you still need to get that morning routine locked down. This is where a good distance learning schedule can really set the foundation for a smooth transition to the at-home school day. Have the kids rise and shine those pearly whites, eat breakfast and get dressed.
You will all feel more productive than if you stay in PJs until minutes before the first Zoom meeting! Many schools are requiring uniforms and adhering to dress codes when kids are on the Zoom classes. Set out clothes on Sunday so they can just slip into their school uniform or appropriate attire without rustling through hampers or dressers for something clean and acceptable.
Mom Tip – Start practicing your morning routine a few weeks before school starts, slowly winding back your kid’s lazy summer vacation wake up time.
Tip #3 Meal Plan
When things are stressful the last thing you need to spend time thinking about is what’s for dinner. Because the kids are home around the clock, you are also in charge of the daily breakfast, lunch, second breakfast and the oodles of handfuls of crunchy, sweet and salty snacks they find no matter how well you hide them.
Having a meal plan that metes out breakfast, lunch and dinner will save up so much brain space. Be sure to post it in a prominent area so you don’t have to answer “Hey What’s for Dinner?” every 30 minutes. Those grocery bills add up with everyone at home. I post the week’s best grocery deals to help you stretch that food dollar. I’ll also post in the Las Vegas Homeschooling Support Facebook group a budget and meal plan based on that week’s deals.
Mom Tip: Make a morning and afternoon snack choice. Have one snack that is cold in the fridge and one snack that is on the counter that the kids can grab and go at their leisure when they get hungry.
Tip #4 Distance Learning Pack
With everything going on and everything you need to remember, do yourself a favor and grab the Vegas Kids Zone Distance Learning Pack so that you can take the stress out of distance schooling. The distance learning resource for parents comes with everything you need to keep yourself organized as you do your virtual learning for the year.
Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed and ready to throw the towel in, grab your Distance Schooling Pack now. Distance learning isn’t anything any of us truly wanted to do again, but we can make it a positive experience with a little organization and a lot of patience.
All we can do for this year is to do our best and not fret over things we cannot control. Are you struggling with the idea of distance schooling again or did you thrive in it? Don’t forget to grab the Vegas Kids Zone distance schooling pack to help get you started off on the right foot and keep you organized through the year.