Tip of the Week

March 16, 2020

Tips for Embracing the “New Normal” with School Closures

These are unprecedented times for us all and many of us are wondering what’s in store for the next few weeks. As schools are closed for the time being and many of us are working from home, we’re being tasked with creating a “new normal” for our families. In that spirit, we’ve pulled together a few thoughts and resources to help.

Create routines. For students who thrive on structure, consider creating a daily schedule that you and your children can follow. For good executive function practice, create this schedule with your children! Certainly include time for schoolwork/brain-work and exercise, and depending on your child’s interests, fill in the rest of the day with structured activities they’ll enjoy. NESCA posted a great example.

Keep your child’s mind engaged. Many schools and districts are in the process of developing online learning programs for extended closures. In the meantime, it’s important to spend some time keeping your child’s brain actively engaged in academics. Here is an ever-expanding list for parents of free online resources.

Use screen-time to promote thinking and learning. Screen-time is inevitable. Beyond movies, TV shows, and video games, build in time for things like Scholastic.comNational Geographic KidsPBS Kids, and other educational options. Reference the list above for additional suggestions.

Get outside and play (or do yoga or have a dance party). The benefits of exercise for developing brains are well documented, and it will be especially useful for children who need to work out excess energy.