• Patricia Hill (Educator Tools)

A 2021 BACK-TO-SCHOOL GUIDE


Kids around the country have started the school year. That said, COVID-19 concerns have completely changed the way we think about school. Many students will be studying and learning from home at least part-time. As a result, your back-to-school prep approach will have to be a little bit different this year.


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Here’s a look at what you should keep in mind:


Tech They’ll Need


Staying connected will be more important than ever before.

  • A quality computer will allow them to get their work done from home.

  • Consider getting them a smartphone so they access their email anywhere they are.

  • Accessorise their new smartphone with a case to keep it well-protected and stylish.

  • Give them a great gift to help them stay active and fight cabin fever.


Creating Their Study Space


Studying from home requires a dedicated space to focus.

  • Get them a small desk to use for homework and classes.

  • Help them use organiSational tools to stay on track through the year.

  • Encourage them to design their space as a way to boost motivation.

  • Ensure their devices are secure, and follow tips to keep them safe online.


Fighting the Summer Slide


Your kids have faced an educational upheaval--help them pick up where they left off:

  • Check out these educational activities for all grades.

  • Encourage them to set a reading goal.

  • Try out some of these at-home experiments to get their mind back in school-mode.


These resources are a good general guide, but they can’t account for every situation. Reach out to your child’s school or teachers to see if there’s anything specific your child will (or won’t) need. Finally, encourage your children to keep an open mind about the upcoming year, and continue to take every opportunity to learn and grow.



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