During this uncertain time and unprecedented school delay, it is crucial that your children continue learning and keep up their skills. This is not time for the summer slide or as we are sure it will be coined, the “COVID 19 Slide.” Our children are not finished with school, and we need to keep them working and thinking.
Please use our time log (below), ask your speech pathologist or mentor any questions you may have, use the resources we’ve compiled (below), and let’s continue to work together to help your child reach his/her academic goals.
Setting up a Routine
With the Thinking Organized COVID-19 Time Log
Many of our students are home from school for at least two weeks! It is very important that we keep a structure going to help your children maintain a routine and have productive days even though they’re home.
The “COVID-19 Thinking Organized Time Log” will help you organize your child’s days, along with suggestions for using it.
Although this is set up for middle school and high school students, it can easily be adapted for younger children, college students, and adults. For example, young children should be scheduled for 15 to 30-minute increments because an hour is too long.
On the other hand, college students need to focus on breaking their assignments into manageable chunks over a longer period of time. Many colleges are not fully set up to go online yet; however, that does not mean that it’s break time for our college students. Now is the time to start on those papers that are going to be due in the next month. Targeted information for college students will be on our website in the near future.
Talking About Coronavirus
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute
- About the Coronavirus Movie, BrianPop
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus, PBS
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus, New York Times
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, NPR
Tips for Online Learning at Home
- Choose a specific room or workspace in which your child will complete their schoolwork and attend Zoom classes. Ensure that this area is free of distractions (or, as free of distractions as possible)!
- Check the school portal every day. That way, if there’s an issue with an assignment, your child will catch it right away.
- Create a routine for unstructured times throughout the day. For example, help your kids plan in advance what assignments they want to tackle during their asynchronous blocks, or make a checklist of what they need to finish after school.
- Use a timer! Kids can work for 15-25 minutes depending on the age, and then take a 5-10 minute break, and repeat as needed. It’s an easy way to stay focused.
- Write assignments in a planner, a checklist, or in an app. Your kids should find something that works for them.
- Just like with in-person classes, it’s important to break long-term projects and essays into smaller pieces.
- Take movement breaks throughout the day. It’s especially important to walk away from the computer screen at least once per hour.
- Encourage your kid(s) to attend extra help sessions or study halls offered by the teacher. Not every kid learns best in a Zoom format, so getting that 1-1 help could be beneficial.
- If motivation is low, try an incentive program. Using an if/then system is helpful.
Websites, Apps, and Other Resources
- Boom Learning: fun, interactive cards for various activities. wow.boomlearning.com
- Virtual Field Trips: www.virtualfieldtrips.org
- BrainPop and BrainPop, Jr.: educational videos and activities. www.brainpop.com and jr.brainpop.com
- Internet Archive: books, video, audio, and much, much more! www.archive.org/details/books
Block Access During School Hours
- SelfControl: www.selfcontrolapp.com
- StayFocusd: StayFocusd is available as a Chrome extension
- AntiSocial: antisocial.io http://www.antisocial.io
Limit Screen Time
- Qustodio: www.qustodio.com
- Screen Time: available on Apple products
Attention and Focus
- The Kid Should See This: https://thekidshouldseethis.com/
- PBS Learning Resources: https://mpt.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/new-school-routines/
- OLogy: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
- iCivics: https://www.icivics.org/games
- Smithsonian Distance Learning: https://learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning
- Reading Rockets (reading): https://www.readingrockets.org/
- Bedtime Math (math): http://bedtimemath.org/
- My Study Life: https://www.mystudylife.com/
- Habitica: https://habitica.com/
- My Homework: https://myhomeworkapp.com/
Motivation and Online Games
- Written? Kitten!: Write 100 words and you get rewarded with a picture of a kitty, puppy, or bunny. https://writtenkitten.co/
- Social and Emotional Skill Sharing: https://jillkuzma.wordpress.com/friendship-interaction-skills/teaching-ideas/
- Online Games: www.smart-games.org/en/set/start
- Online Games: www.happy-neuron.com/brain-games/executive-functions
Reading and Literature
- Newsela: news articles for all ages. www.newsela.com
- ReadWorks: free reading comprehension tools. www.readworks.org
- Epic: Free online books for kids. www.getepic.com
- Clocky: Alarm on wheels. https://clocky.com