There are a number of ideas and strategies you can implement in order to help your child/student become independent. First, begin by discussing what independence looks like and then develop routines and strategies that can foster this. You can explicitly teach children/students what independence looks like and understand the criteria to be successful at this. You can either present or co-construct ...

We thrive when they feel safe, feel a sense of belonging and have control over our lives. It is that overall sense of well-being and a growth “mindset” that allows us to cope in difficult times and when facing the unknown. It is not surprising that during these COVID times, our sense of security and safety is eroded, leaving us vulnerable to unproductive patterns of behavior and thought. It is also not surprising that we try ...

Learning remotely requires that your child demonstrate self direction, motivation and engagement. This is particularly important for your younger child who has not yet acquired self regulation and independent learning habits that develop over time. Younger learners will likely require mediation, support and ongoing oversight of an adult/caregiver in the home.   During the learning at home experience in the spring 2020, teachers gained insights into what works to engage your child. Researchers have also examined what is most effective in engaging students in an on-line platform.   The following are lessons ...

Parents around the world are concerned about the impact that school disruptions will have on their child’s learning. With approximately 90% of the world’s children out of school for a number of months in the spring 2020, due to the Corona virus, experts can only predict what this impact might look like based upon previous research on how other events such as natural disasters impacted student learning. In many cases, students are continuing with a hybrid model of schooling or school ...

Summer is that well deserved break from your day to day life. It has the power to re-energize one's imagination and that sense of awe and wonder. It provides that much needed break from the structure and routine and all that the school year entails. It is a time to “just be” and to enjoy that feeling of those “endless days of summer”. While formal learning is paused during summer vacation learning continues to ...

As the days get longer and warmer, we all begin to look forward to Summer vacation. The anticipation of impending freedom can make it very hard to keep your children motivated as the school year ends, particularly during this time of at home learning. We’ve all experienced this “slump” at one time or another, but it’s so important to keep kids on top of their work near the end of the school ...

During this time of learning at home, parents are thrust into the role of teaching their child as well as being the parent. Many parents are also working from home which adds to the daily structure and organization needed to make all this work. It is important to stay in close communication with your child’s teacher and together you will navigate what is reasonable.   Researchers have investigated the ...

Motivating your child to complete required school work at home can be a challenge at the best of times, but especially during this time of social distancing and remote learning. Your child has been at this for a number of weeks now and what might have been initially exciting and novel, now feels mundane and routine.  With the arrival of ...

While your child is learning and social distancing at home, it is expected that they will access more screen time. This creates worry for parents who are monitoring their child’s electronic use each day. However, not all screen time is created equally.  The content and purpose of the screen use can make a difference. It matters what is on the ...

Although research suggests that print books are the best way to go when reading with young children (Klass, 2019), we recognize that access to print books may be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers out of the University of Michigan, reported that when reading print books there is increased conversation between parent and child, as well as increased connection that ...