Tips to Keep Your Child Focused on School at Home (And Get Your Work Done Too!)

Updated: Jan 30

So many of us are working from home these days and with schools switching to remote learning, your house may be full of working people! But, how do you get your child to focus on school at home, while also making sure that you get your work done? Here are some tips to ensure that your home maintains a productive work and school environment!

Have a set work schedule-- and don’t forget to add in break times!

Even though you and your kids are working and learning from home, you can still make sure to structure your day. This will help give everyone stability, and the kids will know what to expect each day. Identify specific hours or times of the day when everyone will spend time on work and school. In addition to that, factor in time to take breaks. You can take a break in between class and meetings to do a creative activity with your kids; you can make a craft, play a game, or take a snack break.

Make a home office/ classroom for the kids

Many of us now probably have converted a space in our home dedicated to work. If you have a home office, you know that having a designated space to work makes it easier to focus and helps you stay on task. You can do the same for your student learning from home. This can be a desk with your student’s own school supplies or just a quiet corner of their room where they can complete their work without being distracted. You can even make them a workspace near you so that you can keep an eye on your learner, and they’ll feel like they’re working from home right along with you!

Come up with fun small rewards to keep your kids motivated during the school day

If your child is struggling to stay focused, you can come up with little rewards for getting work done. You can reward your kids with a break in the day to play a game or watch a TV show when they work on school for a certain amount of time. This can motivate them to get their work done because they have something fun to look forward to after. This can also help break up the day so they don’t feel like school consumes the whole day.

Have a calendar accessible to the whole family

Whether it is a wall calendar or a virtual format, you can keep a calendar with your kids’ school schedule and your work schedule so that everyone knows when classes or meetings are taking place during the day. This way everyone can keep track of one another’s schedules, and you can plan for the weeks ahead.

Take breaks to leave the house if you are able

With the coronavirus keeping us at home, it can be nice to get out of the house for a socially distanced break from school or work. If you have time in your workday, you and your kids can take a small break to play outside, go on a walk, or run an errand. This will help both you and your child to avoid feeling burned out throughout the day.

Enroll your student in live online tutoring sessions

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