If you have school-age kids, then you’ve probably heard of distance learning. Distance learning is an alternative to school where kids take online classes, allowing them flexibility and the ability to learn in a way that fits their needs. Whether your family is new to distance learning, or your kid is a seasoned virtual learner, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to ensure your children are thriving in their personalized learning environment.


Turn off the TV

By now, we’ve all heard of the negative effects blue light has on our eyes, and a large portion of distance learning is online. So, give your kids’ eyes a break and turn off the TV. There are plenty of screentime alternatives to fill the evenings without straining their developing eyes:

  • Play outside. Enjoy the warmth of the sun with some sprinkler fun or start a snowball fight in the winter.
  • Walk or bike around your neighborhood.
  • Turn your living room into a blanket fort.
  • Read a book.
  • Visit the park.
  • Designate a family game night.
  • Print out coloring pages or set up an arts and crafts station.

As a bonus, limiting television and screentime in the evenings will also help your kids fall asleep faster and get a restful night’s sleep.


Take Activity Breaks

Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity each day. This may seem a lot more daunting now without PE class but sneaking in 15-minute breaks can much  easier than it seems. Here are some ideas to get started.

  • Go on daily family walks or walk the dog.
  • Get some energy out in the backyard.
  • Move together.
  • Stretch in between assignments.
  • Have a midday dance party.

Making time for some movement will allow your kids to go back to their desks with improved focus. Not to mention, it can improve sleep and mental health, which both contribute to more productive days.

Make Healthy Snacks

If your kids snack throughout the day, prepare quick and easy healthy options. We have plenty of tasty ideas to help you get your snack on!

Not only are these snacks a healthy win, but having your kids help you make them is another excellent way to give their brains a break for a while.

There are many ways to make your child’s experience with distance learning beneficial and productive. For more learn from home activities, visit ShapeYourFutureOK.com