With so much uncertainty facing families this fall, it’s more important than ever to give students the right tools to succeed in school. But beyond a laptop or tablet, some pencils, and a calculator, what more will they need? If your budget allows for it, consider investing in one or two additional tools that will feel special for students and encourage good habits, especially for students learning remotely or through a hybrid model. Our director of executive functioning services, Jenna Prada, shares her favorite educational support ideas for the fall below.
Alta Ipsum Digital Planner
“Alta Ipsum is perfect for students who prefer a digital planner. It also helps lessen spats at home by giving parents view access as reviewers and incorporating a points system which gamifies avoiding procrastination and makes clear when kids have earned a reward.”
Clever Fox Paper Planners
“Planners from the Clever Fox are my absolute favorite paper planners. They make sure that you remember to take care of yourself as a whole human and encourage you to break down tasks into approachable steps. If your child is learning from home at all this year, I’d recommend the daily planner which gives them space to plan out specific times during the day to tackle their assignments.”
“Everyone should use timers! They help us keep track of where our time goes and build in important brain breaks. While I love aesthetically pleasing options like this hourglass trio, my favorite digital timer is toggl because it allows students to set-up easy recurring projects (think one for each class, one for breaks, another for social media, etc). But if using a phone may be too tempting, this two-pack of classroom timers can go almost anywhere with their stands, magnets, and hooks.”
Circle and Square Decor Assignment Checklist
“Setting up a helpful physical work space is paramount to success when learning from home. The acrylic school assignment checklist from Circle and Square Decor is the perfect item to hang next to your child’s desk to help support them in keeping track of daily priorities.”
“Many schools are forgoing lockers this fall and that means students will need to carry what they need with them. I love these expandable folders from SkyDue: they’re great colors and feature sturdy construction that can hold a ton without the hassle of binder rings or torn paper folders.”
CalmOptics Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses
“These blue-light-blocking glasses from Calm Optics are on sale for back to school. These are such a practical tool for remote learning in that they’ll promote proper sleep patterns, lessen eye strain and help some kids avoid headaches after hours in front of the screen. This brand is sized specially for kids and teens with a variety of frames that will let kids express themselves.”
Looking for more tips on how to transition back to school this fall? Check out our Fall 2020 Resource Center for more information and ideas including free webinars from our team. And for personalized help, contact us for a consultation.