In a few weeks public school families in Seattle, WA will have the opportunity to send their Kindergarten through 5th grade students to hybrid in-person/distance learning. There are tons of emotions around this big decision. Some families and kids I know are elated. Others are very anxious about this transition. Most feel a bit of both.
Wherever you are on the emotional spectrum, there are several strategies you can use to help prepare your child, and your family, for this transition. I’ve written about how to ensure a smooth transition back-to-school in a typical Fall. But this return to school is anything but typical. Kids have been out of their school buildings for over a year. Distance learning has been a challenge for many students.
Learning in the classroom will look different than it did for your child before the pandemic. There will be no collaborative workstations. Students won’t be sitting at tables together. There will be no partners for projects. Teachers will be adjusting their curriculum so that it can be simultaneously administered to the students in the classroom and those online. Classroom set-up, rules, and even recess will all be radically different for your child than they were before the pandemic.
But different is not necessarily bad. There are clear benefits to social and emotional development, mental health, and learning to the return to the classroom, even it if it only hybrid.
They key to getting the most out of this transition is to take time to prepare your child.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do anything fancy. Small moments over the next few weeks will be enough. Doing so will make it a more positive experience for your child and the whole family.
I’ve put together a list of 8 strategies for you to ease the transition for your child into hybrid learning.
This return to partial in-person learning has been a long time coming. It’s going to be a big transition in your family life, but one that will improve your child’s mental health and yours. Taking a few small moments prepare and support your child in this transition is going to help them excel.
I am an award-winning scientist, educator, author, and a mom. I help parents accomplish their goals for themselves and their families.
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