I was also nervous. After all, I’ve never had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. What advice did I have to share? Then I remembered: no one has had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. We are all just figuring this out as we go.
And I have been putting a lot of energy into the figuring. I’ve been observing my kids closely, collaborating with their special education service providers, re-reading child development books from grad school, and digging into emerging research and best practices for distance learning for early childhood. I know that I appreciate when other people share their learnings with me, so I am happy to share my learnings with Her Agenda and with you.
I told Rita that my distance learning tips boil down to two main ideas.
1) Maintain perspective of what’s important (with the help of a framework inspired by the scientific method); and
2) Communicate respectfully with everyone involved.
Here’s more of what I told Her Agenda:
If you’ve got kids in your life who are learning online right now, I hope you’ll read full article, Millennial Moms Share Tips on Distance Learning This School Year, to see if any tips speak to your specific situation. And, please, if you have tips on distance learning this school year, share them in the comments!