Our children have been jostled around for a year (which isn’t great), but they have learned to be more flexible and go with the flow. This hasn’t come easy to most, but it has been a great learning opportunity for children. Now that we all kind of get the gest of what is happening in the world. We can better plan for this year; it’s not such a slap in the face.
At this point you have recognized whether e-learning is working for your littles and/or what is working with your schedule. You may just have to ride out what is in place for now but come May you will be able to change your child’s learning paths or make adjustments at work to do so.
So, if nothing else, feel like you are back in charge of your life in 2021. Take back what is yours! Keep on building, keep on encouraging, keep on dreaming. Life is not over, it’s just changed.
If you can work from home, work at night, or not work at all consider changing your kids over to a home school learning. If you want to keep them in school, make sure you have back up plans in case of closures and keep yourself in the loop. If you need to have somewhere for your kiddo to be during the day and get help with their e-learning find a nanny or a childcare center that is able to accommodate those needs. Now that we know the problem, it’s time to find permanent solutions and keep on trucking.
Fill your house with the things that may not be accessible anywhere else. Some examples are water play, playdough, slime, and all the other messy doughs, ice cubes, finger paints, planting, housework, cooking, meal prepping, and using foods as learning tools and craft supplies. Schools and public places have been severely restricted of the things that adults don’t think much about. All these hands-on sensory items are so important to your child’s’ fine motor development and independence. We have had to “take so much away” from them that it needs to be given back in a safe environment. These are also little things that can keep children busy for hours.
I hope that some suggestions and tips have helped you in mapping out 2021 for your children. Good luck! And always reach out to us for help, we love helping!
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher