Virtual Summer School Tips
Some children will attend virtual summer school. Just like the regular school year, the same guidelines apply: keep a consistent schedule and routine.
Here are a few additional suggestions to help keep virtual learning going smoothly:
- Do what’s best for you and your children.
- Keep in mind that children learn and attend at different rates.
- Ideally, the day should include short blocks of focused schoolwork interrupted by snack and meal breaks, movement or exercise, or other activity that could fit into a break.
- Learning blocks can be short. The Illinois State Board of Education published remote learning recommendations that advised parents to aim for focused learning blocks of 3-10 minutes for young children; 10-15 minutes for older children and 30 minutes for grades 6-12.
- Define a consistent space for schoolwork, especially for students with cognitive disabilities. Some suggestions are: marking a section of the table with tape or textured material; placing work or activity on a tray, cookie sheet, or placemat.
- A piece of carpet on the floor can mark a place to sit and do physical therapy.
- Help your child organize his work materials in bright colored or textured bins or containers.