We have been flooded with back-to-school information that seems to change almost daily, making it hard to resolve what should and should not be done. We've gone from "let's go to school all 5 days" to "hybrid" or even "virtual" options.
Everyone has their thoughts and feelings in regards to starting school. And while there will be no answer that satisfies everyone, we must remember that children will return to some form of school, either online or in-person, so it is critical that we prepare them intellectually for what lies ahead to counteract any learning loss already exhibited.
As it happens during the summer each year, it's no surprise that most children have experienced even more learning loss since children have been out of school since March, with what is now called the “COVID slide.”
Preparing Children to Return to School, Part 1
Posted: July 16, 2020
We know there's at least one thing that's on everyone's minds currently.....
What's happening with schools??? Everyday, it seems, we are getting conflicting information about how school will be approached in the upcoming school year.
And truthfully.... no one has the answers.. yet!
Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide
Posted: June 23, 2020
For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. And if that wasn't bad enough, this year has been made worse by the COVID slide and trauma related to the pandemic. The reality of this is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that children have access to a summer program that fosters brain development while also keeping health and safety top of mind.
For most children, actual learning of new information abruptly ended and schools did their best to put something into place to aid in finishing out the year. However, even with the most well-intended efforts, children just weren’t getting out of school what they typically do. Coupled with the stress of complete routine changes and minimal social interactions, children’s enthusiasm for just about anything, eventually dwindled. This all stifles healthy development.
We know parents want the best for their children and in the wake of the pandemic, health is one of the concerns. We also know that children’s development doesn’t stop because of a pandemic. Because of this, finding programs that follow recommended guidelines to protect children’s health while also turning “brain strains” into “brain gains” is essential. And although this may seem like an impossible feat, there is a solution.
Helping Children Feel Secure in an Uncertain World
Posted: May 23, 2020
When was the last time you tuned into the news and heard a positive story? How about the last time you didn't hear anything negative about the COVID-19 situation?
The news can be full of scary stories and information, especially now. This has led to lots of anxiety and concern. If adults are feeling this way, imagine how children must be feeling. And no matter the age, children can be emotionally affected by the news and begin to feel anxious about what they are hearing. For this reason, it’s important for parents to spend time connecting with their children and implementing ways that help them feel secure.This is important to strengthen the parent-child bond.
Now parents may struggle to know how to do this, but it's important to take this time and opportunity to help members in the family reconnect with each other. This will help everyone feel more secure. Having honest discussions about what everyone is feeling is vital to processing the info in a healthier way. It’s important that parents have these conversations to help ease fear about our “new normal” and implement strategies that will leave children feeling more assured.