Tips and Resources to Support e-Learning at Home

Tips for Success

We recommend students and families consider the following tips to help make e-learning a success:

  • Establish a daily routine that includes consistent bedtimes and wakeup times, meals, dedicated learning time, breaks between subject areas, physical activity, and time for leisure interests.  Create a schedule and post it in a prominent place.
  • Create a space that is used just for e-learning time.  It can be a table or desk but should be off to the side.
    • Include plenty of space for the computer and learning materials (paper, writing tools, books, etc.)
    • Place in an area without distractions (TVs, video game systems, phone, high traffic areas of the home)
    • Be sure it is well lit to reduce eye-strain.
    • Have your student add a personal touch (picture, plant, poster, choice of school supplies) to make it feel familiar and comfortable.
  • Set reasonable daily goals for completing lessons and assignments.  Aim for one lesson per course per day, five days per week, or use the pacing guide embedded in SchoolsPLP to set daily goals  Consider writing those “assignments” down on a post it note or small whiteboard nearby as a checklist for your student.

Resources


Learning and Thinking Activities That DON’T Require a Computer

You may find your student completes assignments more quickly than what may happen on site in school.  School days include a lot of transition routines between spaces and events and shared time and attention with other students; since much of that isn’t occurring at home, your student may complete a day’s worth of instruction in less than the tie of a typical school day. Below are some ideas for engaging activities that don’t utilize a computer screen for anyone in the family to try. 

  • Build something out of LEGO, K’Nex, blocks, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, or any other building materials 

  • Draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, dance, or make music or film to communicate a thought, feeling, or idea

  • Play charades or pictionary

  • Draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, dance, or make music or film to communicate a thought, feeling, or idea

  • Go on a scavenger hunt through the house or outside in the yard

  • Explore nature and try to identify something new found outside using a book from the library

  • Play board games

  • Complete a jigsaw puzzle

  • Complete crossword puzzles, Sudokus, or logic puzzles

  • Write a story

  • Read a book

  • Make a scrapbook or journal about experiences during e-learning

  • Create a comic or graphic novel version or fan fiction based on a recently read book

  • Plan a meal or cook a new recipe

  • Learn a new life skill (do laundry, change a tire, balance a checkbook, etc.)

  • Brainstorm ideas and plan out a new business or invention to meet an observed need

  • Engage in a passion project that includes research, service learning, or real world problem solving.  (**These require a computer to get started.) For ideas of project types and guidance on how to complete a passion project, visit the sites below: