Stay in touch with your child’s school.

  • Many schools are offering lessons online (virtual learning). Review assignments from the school, and help your child plan their week to complete the work. You may need to help your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers.
  • Connect with your school about challenges. If you face technology or connectivity issues, or if your child is having a hard time finishing assignments, let the school know.

Create a schedule and routine for learning at home but stay flexible.

  • Have the same bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
  • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
  • Allow flexibility in the schedule — it’s okay to change the schedule based on your day.

Think about your child’s needs and the need to adapt the activities or lessons to their age group

  • The change to being at home will be different for preschoolers, K-5, middle school students, and high school students. Talk to your child about what you expect and how they are adjusting to being at home versus at school.
  • Think about ways your child can stay connected with their friends without socializing in person.

Look for ways to make learning fun.

  • Have hands-on activities, like puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things.
  • Free play can also be used in place of structured learning. Encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks.
  • Practice handwriting and grammar by writing letters to family members or the local retirement residence. This is a great way to connect and limit face-to-face contact.
  • Start a journal with your child to document this time and discuss the experience.
  • Use audiobooks or see if your local library is hosting virtual or live-streamed reading events.