Productivity Hacks for Kids Learning from Home

Working from home is difficult for adults — so how can children expect to fare? When children suddenly have to complete classwork from their living room, they have to ignore distractions, self-motivate, and learn new technology — all while doing it on their own. Unlike a school atmosphere, there’s no teacher supervision or help from friends. 

How can you help your child be more productive while working and studying from home?

Create a Routine

Firstly, create a routine for studying with your child. Routines provide children with a sense of security and can help guide their behaviour. Your child is used to having this kind of structure at school. It helps them focus, they know when to expect breaks, and they understand how the day is structured and what’s expected of them. 

Create a Workspace

A working adult’s office space is designed for comfort and productivity, so ideally, if you want your child to be productive and comfortable — they need a space, too. This workspace should be free of distractions but have a feeling of fun and approachability. Take a look at your child’s homeschooling space and consider if it promotes learning and creativity for their particular learning style. 

Bonus Tip! Find a space far away from distractions like TVs, busy windows, toys, or the snacks cupboard. Collaborate with your child on where they want their workspace to be. Let your child decorate their “desk” area and make it their own. 

Stay Connected 

Find a way to keep your child connected with their peers. Part of the benefits of school is that it allows children to interact with each other. Staying in touch with peers promotes group work, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Look for online group learning opportunities like the online classes offered at Dolphin Kids or schedule weekly chats with your child’s friends though a video forum. 

Be Flexible

This is an entirely new way of learning for your child, and it’ll come with adjustments, confusion, and sometimes, a bit of frustration. Be flexible and compassionate and help your child to be adaptable and compassionate with themself. Let them know that it’s ok if they’re not learning and studying as they did while in a physical school. Some subjects are going to be more difficult for your child without a teacher in the room to help as questions come up. Help your child learn how to take a break before they get too frustrated and upset and come back to these subjects when they’re in a better headspace.

Get Creative

There are many fun ways to be learning at home that don’t involve textbooks and online learning videos. Look up fun, at-home science experiments to do together, research cool destinations and plan vacations together, and write stories for each other to perform or read out loud. 

Prioritize Play

Your child looks forward to school because they get to play with their friends. Help them adjust to this new normal by scheduling time to play because it’s essential to get children moving. In fact, physical movement is vital to a child’s cognitive development and ability to concentrate. Free play will also help your child to relieve the stress they may be feeling in these uncertain times and from the struggles of homeschooling. 

Conclusion

We’re all adjusting to a new normal, children included. It’s vital to find ways to help children stay on task and productive in this unique blended learning atmosphere. We’re social beings that need adequate exercise, sleep, water, and nutrition to function. When these basics are taken care of, there are other ways to help your child stay productive and on task. 

  • Create a workspace for them to thrive
  • Make a schedule with them
  • Be flexible in the subjects they are studying and how they are learning
  • Make time for interaction with peers
  • Prioritize movement and playtime to help lessen stress and increase concentration

If you can implement all these productivity hacks and tips, your child will thrive in their new learning environment. Join one of our online lessons and programs at Dolphin Kids and help your child succeed with a fun and interactive learning environment surrounded by their peers from the safety of their own homes. 

If your child is struggling to adjust to homeschooling, or you have any questions regarding our programs, get in touch with us today. Our team is here to help. 

We’re grateful for you, Mom.

In our Dolphin Kids classes, we often talk about the power of gratitude and the importance of expressing gratitude to people we care about. One activity I always love guiding children through is writing a letter of gratitude to someone they appreciate. We brainstorm all of the ways this special person has made a positive impact in our lives. We take a mindful moment to think about all of the actions this person has taken to make us feel happy, safe, and loved.

What person do you think most children dedicate their letter of gratitude to? Nine times out of ten, it’s written for their mom.

And, with good reason! I feel my own sense of immense gratitude for my mother. She’s been such an inspiration in my life, and I’ve learned so many invaluable lessons that have influenced who I am today by listening to her.

Mothers often play a significant role in every aspect of their children’s social-emotional growth. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we want to remind all mothers that we’re grateful for you and the resilience, innovation, and adaptability you show us every day.

Mothers are resilient.

“I’m grateful for my mom’s hugs, especially when I’m feeling sad.” – 7-year-old child from Dolphin Kids program

In your children’s eyes, you’re an extraordinary superhero. Yet, mothers carry the burden of the responsibility of caregiving, which includes the struggle of dealing with expectations from themselves and others. Children do not need to grow up in a “perfect” environment, rather they need to experience, understand and learn from how you adapt to problems and deal with your struggles too.

Your resilience shines in your ability to make mistakes and own up to your imperfections with your children. These become memorable moments for your kids, ones they can laugh about and learn from.

Mothers are innovative.

“I love when my mom plays games with me. She is so creative!” – 8-year-old child from Dolphin Kids program

Many mothers have experienced a profound shift in their regular routine over the past two months. Moms are juggling work, homeschool, and finding innovative ways for their children to stay engaged and socially connected to family and friends.

Since your child was a tiny baby, you’ve known intuitively which cries meant it was bottle time and which cries meant it was time for a nappy change. You knew how to position your arm and when to quiet down your voice, without even consciously doing it. A mothers ability to be innovative is deeply connected to their intuition.

A mother’s sense of innovation doesn’t always need to come in the form of a creative product or idea, but it’s intuitively knowing what your children need. It is also giving your children the space to explore their creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. A mother’s innovation can be seen in the form of play, exploration, and providing your child with the opportunities for them to develop their sense of curiosity and wonder about the world.

Engaging in play and innovation with your children is one of the aspects they always tell me about. Even though you may not always find your ideas innovative, your kids do, and they absolutely love playing with you!

Mothers are adaptable.

“I am grateful for my mom teaching me new things!” – 9-year-old from Dolphin Kids program

Research has shown that a mother’s executive functioning (EF), e.g., short-term memory, self-control, and cognitive flexibility contribute to their child’s development of EF.  For example, when a child shows an undesirable behaviour, a mother has to use her EF skills to focus on relevant information, control her response in the presence of her own stress, plan and act as necessary according to situational demands. Rather than having negative or hasty reactions, she has to analyze the various situations through logic and emotions to plan and make decisions.

Mothers are constantly adapting and navigating situations with their children. I often hear children tell me, “My mom helped me with…” or “I’m grateful that my mom knows how to…” The skills you’re demonstrating to your child are everlasting. Role-modelling your ability to adapt, change, and keep a positive mindset despite setbacks is helping your child learn the importance of adaptability.

“My mom makes me feel happy!” – 7-year-old from Dolphin Kids program

Moms, your children are very grateful for you and all of the amazing life lessons you’re instilling in them. I encourage you to write a letter of gratitude with your children. You’ll end up sharing personal stories, memorable moments, and funny memories that you’ve made together. It will release so many positive neurochemicals in your brains, that you can’t help but feel happy, safe, and loved.

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!