Back to the Books: Get Your Kids Ready for School

Preparing for the upcoming school year
Virtual learning
Posted at 12:47 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 12:47:54-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – The average student could begin the next school year having lost as much as a third of their reading gains and half of their math gains, according to researchers at Brown University.

Add up all the impact COVID-19 had on academics; the average student could fall behind seven months. Black and Latino students could fall behind even further with nine to ten months.

"The parents are not the experts, so it was hard,” said Julie Marks, a mother of four boys.

“There’s a much greater appreciation for teachers now than we’ve ever had before, because they’re beginning to see what teachers did,” said Sarah Sprinkel, a retired teacher.

First, make a schedule. “We always say the younger the child the stronger the structure,” said Sprinkel. Structuring out the day keeps kids controlled and focused.

“I have the kids do a list every day. They have to read for 20 minutes. Have to write in a journal,” said Marks.

Parcel out the day to mix in fun activities with required activities. Use everyday experiences as teaching opportunities. Use cooking to teach fractions and playtime with Legos for engineering.