Parents: How to prepare our children for the return to face-to-face classes?

The Ministry of Education confirmed the voluntary and progressive return to face-to-face classes, implementing various health and safety measures to avoid contagion of COVID-19, our mission as parents is to prepare our children for this transition.

Javier Arroyo, education specialist and co-founder of the Smartick method, explains that “this is a new adaptation process from the distance classes to a hybrid modality, and we cannot forget that the success of learning goes hand in hand with their emotions ”.

In this regard, the expert offers five recommendations to facilitate the return of our children to classrooms:

Help him get organized

After almost a year and a half in front of a screen, assuming a new study system can be confusing, especially if they are in their first school years. Let’s pay attention to the way teachers organize classes and assignments, then help your child to put together a schedule, taking into account: quality of time to study, personal and family leisure.

Give them tips to socialize

Classrooms allow schoolchildren to develop social skills, but it is likely that after such a long time naturalness and wisdom will be lost in conversations. For those situations, let’s practice assertive and kind responses at home, always being clear that safety and health comes first. For instance, “You can raise your mask, please, so we take care of each other”, “What do you think if we wash our hands”, among other.

Look for alternatives to reinforce

In this new process, the online learningborn It will not be left out, but it will be a great support for the students. If you feel that your child needs to reinforce his knowledge, improve it, or is not level with the other students, do not be afraid to try complementary virtual learning platforms, in mathematics and reading comprehension, etc.

Create health awareness

Let’s teach our children to properly use personal care items to take to school: replacement mask, alcohol in dispenser, wet wipes, hand towel, own soap, among others. The intention is not to stress or frighten us, it is to teach them to take care of themselves and their companions.

Teach empathy

Because of the pandemic, many of us have lost loved ones. The grieving child may act differently, withdraw from friends, or appear angry, sad, or distracted. Let’s teach our children that these feelings are normal, and that they should listen carefully and respectfully to their peers.

Addressing a few words of encouragement or expressing our condolences is invaluable. In case your son or daughter is going through a stage of mourning, it is important to inform the teachers so that they handle it correctly in the classroom.


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