• Tips for Distance Learning Success

    With Ms. Dee - School Counselor

  • Tip #7: Ms. Dee's List of Fun Things to do at Home

    Here are three easy yet fun things you can do as a family: (1) Have a family slumber party, (2) Read a book together or write and act on out, and (3) Learn a new skill (eg writing with non dominant hand)

Tip #6: Stress Management

  • Tip #6: Stress Management

    • Stress – We deal with it everyday
    • If you do not know how to get rid of it, learn how to manage it
    • Two easy ways to do this
      • Drink water
        • It can help you calm down
        • It will hydrate you
      • Breathing
        • We are breathing all the time but do some special breathing
        • Count when you breathe
        • Do it s l o w l y
        • Invite someone to do it with you
        • Figure out different ways to breathe

Tip #5: Social Emotional Well-Being

  • Tip #5: Social-Emotional Wellbeing

    • Emotions = How you feel
    • Some ways to handle your emotions
    • Help students “focus their attention”
    • Listen to what is happening in class
    • Allow kids to ask you questions
    • Paying attention to emotions will
      • Help kids do better in math and reading
      • Help kids get along better with others

Tip #4: What to do During Live Class Meetings

  • Tip #4: What to do During Live Class Meetings

    • Login at 5-10 minutes before class begins
    • Mute mic unless addressing the teacher
    • If possible, blur your background
    • Keep camera on to increase engagement with teacher ­
    • Use headphones
    • Ask questions by using the “raise hand” feature or by unmuting your mic
    • All casual and fun conversations can be posted in the “Just For Fun” channel in the Team-Almond-Students page. 
    • Participate:  ask questions, give answers, help the class
    • Follow the school expectations: Respect one another, Be responsible by having your materials ready before class begins, and make right choices by following the teacher’s directions

Tip #3: Review

  • Tip #3

    • Honor the school day from 8am – 2pm.  Things like chores, family time, and video games should be done after 2pm.  
    • Honor the leaning space.  Keep conversations, inappropriate words and other sounds/visuals away from the learning space.
    • All questions for teachers from parents can be addressed during non-live class time.

Tip #2: Set A Schedule

  • Tip #2: Creating Consistent Routines

    • Public areas (parks, restaurants, businesses) will make it difficult for the child to learn. If possible, avoid these areas.
    • Have all materials and textbooks provided by the school near you before class begins
    • Create a morning and evening routine as if they are going to school. Whatever you would do on a normal school day keep the same routine. (Set alarm, wake up early, brush teeth, comb hair, get dressed, eat breakfast, ect.)
    • Create rules/expectations for the family to make the best learning environment. Get everyone involved and have a family meeting.
    • It is also important for everyone in your home to understand and respect each child’s leaning time. Creating a learning schedule helps set structures for your family while reinforcing the value of learning in your home.
    • The key is to create a specific routine and spot for your child’s learning. At the end of the day, it is most important to show your child that you value learning enough to give it a consistent place in your home.

Tip #1: Space

  • Tip #1: Creating a Great Learning Environment

    • Create space that fits your child’s needs. Ask yourself these questions to help you create this environment:
      • Is your child an active one? Do they like sitting for long periods of time?
      • Does your child like quiet spaces, or do they like sound engagement with soft music?
      • What colors do they like? Are there things they find exciting, like superheroes or animals?
      • Do they need a lot of options and supplies close by, or are they better with less crowded spaces?
      • Do they like seclusion to focus, or are they okay with open areas?
      • By considering the learning needs of your child, you might be able to reduce unnecessary items you THINK you need. In truth, you really don’t need a lot to have a successful learning space in your home.
    • Be consistent and use the same space everyday
    • Public areas (parks, restaurants, businesses) will make it difficult for the child to learn. If possible, avoid these areas.