Remote Learning Tips

As we enter the final weeks of April, our school recognizes that there still may be families struggling to adjust to their children working from home. It’s important for us to remind parents and guardians that Lavelle Prep is an active support system for those seeking guidance, especially during difficult times such as these. As always, please feel free to reach out to our staff directly for any questions or concerns. We encourage you to also read through the following tips written by teachers and faculty members to help enhance your experience throughout the remote learning program:

  1. Connect to Real-Life Experiences: Integrate lessons into real-life activities and experiences. This makes learning more engaging and easy to relate to. Additionally, it breaks up sitting time. For example, math skills can be practiced in the kitchen while cooking with the family. Older elementary children can even practice fractions by measuring ingredients for a recipe. These are the things our students will remember and never forget. -Jenna Curran (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Principal)
  2. Focus on Style of Learning: While learning from home, it’s important to hone in on your child’s individual needs. For example, in math class, students should always have a pen/pencil and paper handy to work out problems, especially if they grasp concepts more easily when physically writing. Students should use virtual manipulatives to support kinesthetic learners, such as Glencoe Mathematics e-Book (must have Adobe or download Adobe Free) and Toy Theater (no need to download anything). -Alison LoSavio (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Assistant Principal)
  3. You’re Not Alone: The days may seem long and difficult. You may feel like you’re not doing enough and ask yourself what more you can do to support your children in their academic success. Don’t be discouraged! Remember you are not alone in this. Reach out to your child’s teachers. We are here for you and want to support you. Reach out to other parents. Join parent support groups on social media to ease your concerns during this difficult transition. Always remind yourself to take time to pat yourself on the back. You CAN do this and YOU are AMAZING! -Alessandra DeMeo (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Teacher)
  4. Consistency is Key: Try creating a schedule or checklist every day that outlines everything your child needs to complete. Have the students log on and write down all the classwork they need to complete for all their classes for that day. This will be their own “to-do” checklist for what they needed to complete for that day. For example: If they have O.G on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays they will remember because they keep writing it down O.G assignments on the same days. Lastly, don’t forget to take breaks! This website has great videos to help keep your whole family active at home. -Amanda Ruisi (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Teacher)
  5. Persevere … Don’t Give Up: We know how challenging distance learning can be for students and families, but something that you might not even realize you are learning or teaching is PERSEVERANCE. When you feel like it’s overwhelming and you can’t do it, but you keep going, that’s perseverance. You may not even realize it but you are teaching your child perseverance when you give him or her a brain break and pep talk during a feeling of frustration. It’s important to make sure children know that they can pause and take a break.  It’s not healthy for our bodies or our MINDSET to be sitting and working for hours on end. Keep an eye on their self-confidence and if there is something that’s troubling them, try to figure it out! Kids are used to talking about their feelings in school, they should feel safe to do it at home too.  It’s important to realize that children are learning from our actions as adults and that keeping our “cool” around them is vital in keeping their mindset and feelings in a positive place. This is our chance as families to instill important values in our children. Don’t lose sight of this! -Amanda MacIntyre (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Teacher)
  6. Practice Patience: These past few weeks our daily routines have taken a huge transformation. We have had to adjust to new schedules, new ways to work and care for our families. During these times we are learning. Learning to be patient, to show grace, to show kindness. These are valuable lessons we can teach our children during these difficult times. Use this time to learn together, we can teach our children that adults don’t always have the answers and together we can support each other to be a community, a family, a nation. Daily as your child is working ask them questions on what they are feeling and what is frustrating them? If possible sit with your child as he or she completes the daily work. Finally, read together as often as possible. Reading not only develops literacy skills but gives your child a sense of security in a scary world. Reach out to your child’s teachers for support, we are here for you; even when we don’t have the answers we can figure them out together. -Melinda Moya (Lavelle Prep Elementary School Teacher)
  7. Take a Break: Sleep is an essential part of your daily routine. Make sure that you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Getting sufficient sleep plays an important role in allowing the brain to assimilate the knowledge that you acquired during the day. Breaking your study material up into smaller sections is more effective than studying all at once. You will find that if you study for shorter periods, and take regular breaks, you will be able to concentrate better on your work and remember more of what you study.  It is good to stretch your muscles, especially if you are sitting for long periods. All the sitting and concentrating can be detrimental to your health — your body needs a break. Stretching or taking a walk will help strengthen your muscles, reduce stress, relieve tension, and help you refocus on your work.  -Dhurata Rehxa (Lavelle Prep Upper School Principal)