Downloadable Resources & Strategies to Share with Parents
NEW! 10 Minute Tips from Boys Town National Training. Navigating this new normal can be challenging and we are here to help. Here are some short videos and resources that can help you as you navigate and adjust to things like working from home with your kids at home, helping your children be successful in school from home, maintaining schedules and regular routines, and all while modeling and teaching social skills.
How do I explain at home learning to my children? Try not to refer to schools as being "closed." For example, tell your children that we're learning at home for the coming weeks rather than learning in the classroom. This will help students to understand that learning isn't ending, we're just learning in a new environment.
Keeping a schedule. It's important to create a consistent and predictable environment for children at home. We've created a sample "schedule" for kids to stick to as they learn from home during the coming weeks. Click here to download.
Creating a daily plan with your kids can help them prioritize their day and stay on task. Use the "My Plan Today Is..." worksheet to help your children structure their day. Knowing what their need to's are reminds them what must get done so they can do move on to their want to's list.
Have a morning meeting with your child. Take a few minutes each morning to ask your children questions about their day. Here are a few ideas.
Establish a study place. Give school books and packets a home on a bookshelf or desk. Have students complete their study time in the same space and place while at home.
Consequences can be both positive and negative. A consequence is the outcome of behavior, which influences whether or not that behavior is likely to occur again in the future. For example, if your children are having a hard time following instructions or completing their study time, set a timer. The timer will keep track of the time it takes for the child to calm down and start the given task. Whether it takes 5 minutes or 45 minutes, your child has now earned the consequence of doing chores for that amount of time.
Another example might be, if a child follows instructions and completes their daily schedule without arguing, they get to stay up for an extra hour at night. If they did not follow instructions, they go to bed on time. Each consequence is earned.
Here are a few skills you may suggest to parents to help the completion of academic tasks at home go more smoothly for their children.
Here are a few skills you may suggest to parents to help alleviate stress and anxiety in their child.
Here are some ideas for Brain Breaks. Have your children take 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day, especially during study times.
Check back in with your child at the end of the day. Here are some questions to ask them.
Distance learning tip for teachers! Record a morning message! This allows students to watch in their own time and to hear encouraging words from their teacher. A great way to build community from a distance and help students feel connected. Seesaw is a great platform to use.
Other resources to share with Parents
Here's a great resource with tips for talking to your children about the Coronavirus.
GoNoodle - Active Screen Time. GoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun, engageing content and games. This is a great resource to use for brain breaks in between study times.
Storybooks and activity guides from the Boys Town Press. This month only spend $25 on Boys Town Press books & resources and receive a FREE copy of Making Friends is an Art by Julia Cook. This sale includes books, activity guides, and more to help with remote learning!
Daily FREE activities this month from the Boys Town Press on handling stress and developing a growth mindset. Look for a new activity every weekday developed from our social skill storybooks.
30 Great Educational Netflix Shows for when you allow screentime.
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