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School districts offer tips for parents trying to teach at home

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March 30, 2020 - 5:03 PM

If you’re worried about helping to teach your child through online education because of the COVID-19 school closures, you’re not alone.

Parents in various countries have learned to adapt to the change, and some local school districts have offered tips on how to handle the switch.

School District 73 has shared a few tips on how to tackle this new project with patience, reminding parents to do the best they can while juggling teaching, work and parenting.

Some tips shared include taking a break and choosing a bonding activity rather than arguing over an assignment. Lowering your expectations of at-home learning, choosing baking or chores over schoolwork and prioritizing connection are all recognized as important steps to making the experience positive.

School District 83, which covers the North Okanagan and Shuswap, released a statement about plans, and notes that this period of time isn’t meant to replicate the traditional school experience. Families can chose the activities and timelines that work best for their situation.

School District 22, which covers schools in Vernon, says they are working to provide parents with computers if they don’t already have one. For the families who don’t have wifi, paper assignments will be given. In a statement posted to their Twitter page, superintendent Joe Rogers reminds parents to eat and sleep well, get regular exercise and get outside while practicing social distancing.

Each school district is handling the switch to online learning a little differently. It’s best to check with your school district to find out more about the process for continuity of learning.

If you want some additional resources to keep your kids learning during this time, consider trying some of the following websites for free classes, lessons, and other exercises.

For students in the kindergarten to grade three age range, check out the educational videos on Starfall.

The Khan Academy has you covered for various subjects, with a specialty for mat and science. The free courses are also scaled by grade, so you can handle whatever age groups you’re teaching.

Scholastic is offering 20 days of free exercises during the school shutdowns, which are organized by grade.

Ted Ed offers a variety of videos to teach kids - big and small- about many different topics, from art to history to science to social studies.

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