Parents all across the country are finding themselves adjusting to the new normal with kids learning from home. Whether remote learning, hybrid, homeschooling, or some combination thereof, custom magnets can help you organize and keep your students on task.
Find a Space
The first step to creating a distance learning environment is to find a space where students can work that’s away from distractions. Ideally they would have a table or desk to sit at in a chair. Working on their bed, on the floor, or on the couch is definitely not conducive to learning. A desk in their room that’s clear of everything but the items they need for school would be a great place. If you have to have them working at the kitchen or dining room table, try to create a divider using a tri-fold board so they can have separation from the rest of the house. Wherever they are, hang a magnetized whiteboard that you can write on and put up your custom magnets.
Create a Schedule
Establishing a routine is key to successful distance learning. Treat the day like a regular school day. Make sure they get up early, eat a good breakfast, prepare all the supplies they’ll need at their seat, get dressed in clothes not pajamas, and start on time. Use custom magnets to create a permanent schedule for daily activities like morning homeroom, core classes, and lunch and snack breaks. Use the whiteboard to fill in rotating specials or alternating block scheduling.
Post Important Logins
Having all your student’s logins in one easy to find place will be a life-saver. Your school’s browser may store the user IDs and passwords, but these can be lost when there’s a software update. Keep all of your IDs and passwords printed on a magnet and posted on your whiteboard where you can easily find it. You can even print QR codes for the websites you need to access regularly.
Keep Contact Emails Together
Staying in touch with the teachers is more important than ever. In addition to your child’s regular teachers, you’ll need to keep handy the contact information of the computer teacher, technology team, or whoever is in charge of equipment. Keep your internet provider’s information handy as well in case of a Wi-Fi failure. Just like you keep a magnet on the refrigerator with emergency contact numbers, keep a magnet on your whiteboard with your school contact emails and numbers.
Remember that distance learning is just as hard on the kids as it is for the teachers and parents. Create a set of fun encouraging magnets to change out. You can copy the stickers teachers would use to put on a paper like “A+ Student!” or “Awesome Job!” Or use emojis and happy faces to put a smile on their face. Once you get in the groove, your home will become an ideal remote learning environment.