Helping your child with remote learning

Here you will find some ideas to support your child whilst they learn from home. 

How can I support my child whilst they are learning from home?

 

Weekly timetable example

Brain breaks 

A brain break is just what it sounds like—a break from whatever kids are focusing on. Short brain breaks during work time have been shown to have real benefits. They reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity.

The key is to take them before fatigue, distraction or lack of focus set in. For younger children that’s typically after 10 to 15 minutes of work. At that point, they may need a three- to five-minute break. Older chidren can work for longer—up to 20 to 30 minutes before a break.

The goal of brain breaks for children is to help their brains shift focus. Sometimes that means getting up and moving, especially if your child has been sitting for a while. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which helps with focus and staying alert. It also reduces stress and anxiety, making it easier to focus on important tasks.

But brain breaks don’t always have to be active. Relaxing, quiet activities can have similar benefits. They may also be a better option for children who can get overstimulated by a physical brain break. Active breaks may make it tougher for these kids to settle back down to do remote learning.

Asking children to do a short, guided meditation exercise, directed drawing, doodling or quiet stretching can work, too. Just a few minutes can be enough time to give the overworked area of the brain time to recharge.

Some ideas for brain breaks are below: