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Zoomin’ Into Back to School!

Tips for Maximizing your Child’s Success in Online Learning

Hello, Cayer Fams! Happy Thursday! With school quickly approaching, it’s hard to visualize what the first day will look like due to all the COVID-uncertainties. Many parents are opting to keep their kids home instead of returning to brick-and-mortar schooling. Whatever you decide for your family, we are here to help! If virtual learning is for you, here are a few tips for maximizing your child’s online learning experience.

  1. Set aside a work space.

Having a space set aside can help your kiddo get into the right mindset when it’s time to start school! Set aside a kitchen table, desk, or area that is devoted entirely to schoolwork. Keep some healthy snacks and lots of water on hand. Also, make sure there’s ample lighting, outlets for any charging, and some cute decor to make the space really fun and personal to your kid!

  1. Stick to a routine.

Keeping a routine can also help your kiddo’s mindset and get them in the habit of doing school work at the same time every day. They should wake up at the same time every day, go through their morning routine, and start work at the same time every morning. Depending on their class schedule and if they have Zoom sessions, you might need to make modifications around their needs. Make sure to pencil in time for “brain breaks” and play – kids need movement after staring at a screen all day!

  1. Make time for outdoor play!

Make sure to allow time for your kiddo to get out and explore. Kids need play and movement, and can feel cooped up after sitting indoors all day. After all their schoolwork is done for the day, take some time for a walk, a bike ride, or a visit to a park or playground.

  1. Incentivize.

It can be hard for small kids (or anyone) to stay focused in a home setting vs. in the classroom. Make sure to reward them plenty for good concentration and focus. Use whatever works in your house – small treats, play breaks, stickers, or movie time! Every child responds differently to different incentives.

  1. Use the internet to your advantage!

The internet can be a great supplement to your child’s curriculum! There are tons of free worksheets, videos, and fun games that you can use to reinforce the skills your kiddos are learning. These fun resources can also help them if they are struggling in any areas. Some great sites include Cool Math Games, PBS, and BrainPop.

Back to school season can be stressful enough, even under normal circumstances. If your child has special needs or autism spectrum disorder and you need extra assistance, please reach out! Your Cayer therapists are here to help. Don’t forget to sign up for our Cayer Clinic! We offer services for kiddos enrolled in in-person and online school. We are also introducing our First Mateys program, for both our Cayer kids and their siblings. Call 850-320-6555 for more info! Stay healthy and we’ll see you next week, Cayer Fam!

Top Free Online Arts Resources 

 

Happy Thursday, Cayer Crew! While many states are in the process of reopening and returning to normal, Florida is experiencing a record surge of new coronavirus cases. This means many of our favorite activities are still under lockdown! Fortunately, there are some great online resources to get us through this time. This week, we are bringing you our top picks for online plays, musicals, ballets, and museum exhibits you can view as a family for free! 

 

Alvin Ailey On Stage

Link: https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access

Alvin Ailey, a professional dance company in NYC, has compiled a great list of online resources – perfect for little ballerinas at home! In addition to full-length videos and how-to’s, they also offer a playlist of full performances on their YouTube page linked above! 

 

Van Gogh for Children

Link: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/art-and-stories/children

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has created an incredible site designed specifically for kiddos! The page offers a kid-friendly, online tour of the museum, as well as coloring pages and activities to teach your kids about the prolific artist! 

 

Disney On Stage 

Link: https://disneyonstage.co.uk/education/

For Disney fans, this site offers incredible resources for a range of ages. Coloring pages, crafts, play-writing exercises, and even info on careers in theatre. Perfect for budding actors! 

 

EduHam at Home

Link: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-and-events/eduham-home

Perfect for little history buffs and musical fans, this course explores the context behind the award-winning musical Hamilton. Enjoy cast clips, video highlights, student performances, and more! 

 

Celebrity Bedtime Stories 

Instagram: @SaveWithStories

This adorable account features celebrities like Margot Robbie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kate Winslet, and more reading stories for kids. These sweet and short videos are something the whole family can watch together at bedtime! 

 

The Roald Dahl Museum 

Link: https://www.roalddahl.com/museum/visit/virtual-museum-tour

Perfect for little readers, the Roald Dahl museum offers a kid-friendly and lifelike virtual tour. It features exhibits from some of his best works, like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and the BFG

 

This is just a few resources that are available – there are thousands of great ways to access the arts from your home. For more sites, check out Playbill.com, PBS, or your local museums. We hope you all are staying safe and healthy inside. Of course, if you have any behavioral concerns or need help with virtual engagement opportunities, please reach out to your Cayer Behavioral Group RBT or BCBA.  Have fun exploring the arts from the comfort of your couch! 

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