Going back to school is looking a little different this year as most schools and classes transition to online distance learning. Although this change can be challenging, it’s also important to make sure you or your family members have everything they need to succeed. From supplies to a workspace and all things in-between, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help make distance learning easier from your Sequoia home!
Backpack? Don’t need it. Shoes? Optional. Your supply list may look a little different this year, as you won’t need to worry about some of the essentials you usually need, such as a new lunchbox or even new back to school clothes. But the basics are still important! Notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, and coloring tools are all supplies you should keep on your list as these are essential whether you are in a classroom or at home. A new item you might want to add to your shopping list this year would be noise canceling headphones so everyone can focus on their work in a quiet environment.
Organize Your Study Space
Now that you have your supplies in check, let’s talk about studying space. When it comes to distance learning it is important to have a dedicated area to study and set up for school. Whether you have a desk, set aside some counter space, or anything else you see fit, it’s important to differentiate your work space from your general home space. This will not only help get into the school state of mind, but will also help you and your family relax and unwind after a long day of work and school. If you really want to elevate your work space, add a lamp for additional lighting, an indoor plant for some fresh greenery, and an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxing ambiance. It's your classroom now - you get to decorate it!
Make a Plan and Stick to it!
Being at home can be very distracting, especially when there are others around. That’s why it’s important to make a plan and stick with it. Just like a school schedule, a routine is essential even when learning from home. Put together a daily schedule for your new virtual day starting with breakfast, learning, lunch etc. and stick to it! Another way to ensure that you’re staying on track is to make a list of what needs to be accomplished for each day. Using a chalkboard, white board, or a poster board is a great way to visualize your tasks for the day and can assist with holding yourself accountable. And we all know how good it feels to physically cross something off the to-do list! Remember, you aren’t perfect and not everything will run according to plan. This is new for everyone so trial and error of new solutions and accepting that there will be challenges along the way will only help in the long run. Flexibility is key! Also don’t forget to have fun! Although school is serious, it is still important to make it fun and have a break when needed.
Take a Break
With distance learning, you are essentially always home, so it’s important to take a break from your workspace. Taking a break is okay and encouraged for a healthy school life balance. Recess is a great opportunity to relax your mind by stretching, running around, getting in a workout, or simply just walking away from your screen. It also gives your family members time to get out of the house as well. It is also important to take small breaks to eat a snack, take a lap around the house, or to play with your favorite pet. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you have to be at your computer 24/7.