It’s summer and camps are closed! What next?! A lot of parents ask what can I do with my child at home? A lot of programs are offering online learning. This is a great alternative for some children, but not all children love to be online or have the stamina to stare at a screen for more than an hour. So how much online camps can parents realistically sign their children up for?
You’ve rescheduled your work day, maybe you are lucky enough to still work from home! You get everything ready for your child to have some online learning/playing at home. You spend the weekend reorganizing and turning your living room/home office/bedroom into a mini classroom. Your kids are ready! In your head you imagine we will eat breakfast, have a nice walk/workout, and sit down for our online classes! Except your child just completed 2-3 months of online schooling!
The first day begins and they seem pretty good. Some good days, some bad days. Then all of a sudden, you realize online class is a zoo and everyone is crying including you. Kids are on the floor kicking, screaming, and crying, putting their head down, saying the work is hard or boring. Oh and once those zoom sessions are over, your child unravels.
Here are some ideas to keep your kids on track and make the most out of their home learning online experiences.
- If your child is antsy during an online session, give your child gum or a mint. Let your child know that this is temporary and is only used as needed.
- Change their seating arrangement. Consider letting your child sit on a stool, bean bag, or a bouncy ball/stability ball. Why should they sit on a hard chair for a long period of time? Studies show that giving children seating options helps them concentrate.
- For children 7 and under, consider a sticker system, they get a sticker if they complete the online work. If they earn 3/5 stickers a week, they get to do something special at the end of the week. The rewards can range from a special splash play in the backyard, special reading time with mom or dad, maybe making a special treat. When it comes to rewards, I always say start small and simple. Let it be something they enjoy, buy manageable for the parents.
Most importantly, take a break! If you are like me, and have the time and flexibility to provide some home learning experiences, consider some hands on activities such as cooking with your child. I have some staple recipes I make with my son. One of those recipes is pear sauce. I am sharing my experience with you.
Pear Sauce Recipe
4-5 bosc pears
1 cutting board for an adult and child
4 quart pot
- First, give 2 pears to your child and show them how to cut using a child friendly knife and board. You can find the cutting board and knife on Amazon, link below.
- Next fill a 4-quart pot with 2 cups of water and insert a steamer basket.
- Place the pieces of pear inside the steamer basket.
- Sprinkle the pears with cinnamon
- Then, turn on the stove to a medium level and place the pot on the stove. Bring the pot to boil, then lower to a simmer.
- Remove pears when they are completely soft.
- Place half of the pieces in a blender, add half a cup of the pear juice (in pot). Blend the pear pieces. Decide how thick you want the sauce to be. If it looks too watery, add more pears and no juice, if it feels too thick, add more pear juice. Add pieces little by little until they are all gone.
- Place in a large bowl and let it cool off.
- Serve in a small bowl and yum!
Your kids will love it!
Whatever you decide to do with your child this summer, make it fun and flexible for them. They will appreciate it!
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