5 Tips for Making Virtual School Fun for You and the Kids

Are you stressed out yet? Anxious? Uncertain?

What about this? I don’t have this!

Will my child be able to…?

I get it! And it’s okay. There are alot of moving pieces that are happening all at once and so many unanswered questions.

And guess what? School is just around the corner (time to pull out the hair, right?!?).

But don’t fret! (I know, easier said than done.)

You can actually survive! Here are 5 ways that you can make virtual school fun:

  1. A + T + T + I + T + U + D + E   1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100% Like I said, easier said than done, but trust me, attitude is everything! Your glass can be half empty or half full. It’s your choice. Oh and by the way, your children pick up on these things and that determines their attitude as well. 
  2. Take breaks! Do not expect your children to sit for hours at a time. For every year, that’s how many minutes you’ll have their complete attention. So if they’re 5 = 5 minutes. Use the Virtual Recess Club to add physical activity + brain breaks into your daily routine.
  3. Teachable moments! Believe it or not, every moment is a teachable moment. Cooking, driving in the car (who can read the signs), cleaning, gardening, etc. children learn through everyday activities. Turn everything into a song! Even if it doesn’t make sense and you can’t carry a tune! Remember it’s all about ATTITUDE 🙂
  4. Don’t do it alone!  Take advantage of tried + true resources, ask for help and / or become a Pinterest junkie.  Things like the Virtual Recess Club offer “plug + play” enrichment + exercise (YOU and your kids will enjoy), and Pinterest has so many resources!  But you know what? So do your friends. Sharing ideas will be key to making it fun!
  5. Perfection is a no go! Your children don’t need perfect, they just need you. Do the best you can. Plan. Meal prep. Try to keep a routine, but you know what? Be willing to be flexible! Flexibility is the key to survival! Be spontaneous! Go take a nature walk, or a bike ride. Check out the virtual recess club for a new activity or repeat your favorite.. Talk. Communicate.  Believe it or not, just simple conversations with your children helps them to develop vocabulary skills.

We cannot control the outside world, but we can control our attitude. Make the best out of it! Do things you’d never thought possible of doing! Enjoy this time with your kids!  Most importantly have fun!

Afrisa W. Gardner, M.S.Ed