Preface: I’m a teacher on pause. Therefore my 15 years of teaching is being streamlined into the corner of my kitchen.
After a month of at-home-learning facilitation, (without homeschool materials), I’ve been able to utilize materials from my classroom instruction. But guess what?! You can too!
So I’ve compiled a list of meaningful tools to support your learning coaching at home.
Here’s ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE’s:
1) White Board for daily schedule and goals
Some helpful-but-not-necessary tools:
1) White board for instruction and practice
2) Rolling cart for supplies
3) Work Display Board: could just be a string hung up and some paper clips
4) Binder for portfolio of work: doesn’t need to be fancy- kids get white binders at school and draw/create a cover- make it an art project opportunity!
5) Incentive system: eg. Sticker chart (poster paper) and treasure box (yet remember the purpose of this system is to keep you (the parent) accountable for recognizing the behavior you’d like to see more-of so keep it simple!) Need a reminder of what I mean? Here ya go: Behavior Support Sticker Chart
Honestly and truly- I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to be creative and colorful as you engage in lifelong learning with your child. As a teacher and a parent- I want to encourage you to keep it SIMPLE! I know the materials and the assignments FEEL overwhelming but know that your teacher is working HARD to help make it accessible for you and your child(ren). Therefore, ask questions (there are no too-small-of questions) and demonstrate the power of adaptability 🙂 When technology is a snafoo– find a way to connect creatively with your kiddo! Academics’ll come EVENTUALLY 🙂
In closing, let’s keep this in mind: “As children develop, their brains “mirror” their parent’s brain. In other words, the parent’s own growth and development, or lack of those, impact the child’s brain. As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well.”
― Daniel J. Siegel, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive