Tips to Behaviorally and Mentally Managing School Work at Home
May 4, 2020
Are you still struggling to find success managing school at home?
Set school time
If your child’s school is less structured in online teaching, try to set 2 to 3 different “school work” times during the day. Keep these times fairly consistent Monday through Friday, and be aware that flexibility may be necessary.
Schedule fun time
Also schedule recess times into your child’s day. Kids need to be active and play. Try balancing a more physical activity after one of their scheduled lesson times.
A great time for physical activity is before lunch. This can be as simple as walking around the block, taking a bike ride, or watching an exercise video.
Match sibling schedules
If you have more than one child at home, schedules and oversight can be challenging. Try to sync up their schedules as much as possible. Lunch and physical activity times are great times to schedule them together.
Create 20 minute increments
Sometimes kids need shorter time increments to achieve goals. A goal can be small and simple, such as working math problems for 20 minutes, and then getting a favorite snack as you transition to a next task.
Take it day by day
Be kind to yourself when things don’t work out with the school work! It is hard to juggle a ton of different tasks, such as work, caring for all children, trying to teach, be a short-order cook, and so much more.
If one day is a bust for school work, just try to get back on the schedule the next day.
Dr. Megan Alsop, Psy.D is a licensed psychologist with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group and can be reached at 504.780.1702 or malsop@JeffersonNeuro.com.