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We understand that home learning can be stressful for students and parents. We realize that not all resources or tools will be a fit for all ages or students, but we will do our best to provide what works well for different ages. Many of these tools may already be familiar to your student from using them in the classroom at school.  If you have other questions or topics you’d like addressed, suggest them to our schools counselors Michele Schwarz (schwarz@timothychristian.com), Janna Piersma (piersma@timothychristian.com) or Jonathan Huizinga (huizinga@timothychristian.com) and they will consult to bring you more resources.

What do I do if my child is feeling anxious?
Many times children can feel overwhelmed or anxious when changes occur or they come across something difficult to do.  When this happens, giving the child a break from what they are doing can be very helpful.  During this break practicing different cool down techniques will help them back into the green zone and ready to learn!  Below are some tools you and your child can try!

Calm Down Breathing Tips

Things in My Control

Lazy 8 Breathing

How do I keep my child socially engaged?
School has always been the place where our children have done the majority of their socialization throughout the day.  Now that they are unable to be at school, we are finding that many of our students are missing being with their friends.  Below you will find a list of ways to help your child stay socially engaged while learning at home.   

Set up a FaceTime, Google Meet, Skype etc. call with one or more friends. (You may also contact your child’s school counselor to help set this up if needed)

Become Pen Pals with a friend and mail letters to each other

Find safe online game for friends to play together

Plan a drive-by to your friends home with signs to show how much you miss them

How do I help my child know how to behave on video chats?

Online learning is a new concept to many of our students.  Going over expected behavior during video chats can help your child learn how to behave during this time.  Here are some suggestions for expected behavior during video chats.

  1. Stay on mute until it is your turn to speak.  Take turns speaking so everyone can hear one another.
  2. Keep your camera on at all times so everyone can see you
  3. When the teacher leaves the chat, you may stay but you must let your parents know there is no longer a teacher there
  4. Show up on time
  5. Do not play other games while on chat
  6. Try to be in a quiet/ no distractions room

 

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