As parents, you may be adjusting to the idea of having your kids at home all the time. As you get started in this online home learning experience, here are a few things to keep in mind to set you and your kids up for success.

Manage expectations. This is a temporary situation. The main emphasis should be on keeping your kids engaged. Our teachers will be helping you plan structured activities and lessons between one and three hours a day for your children.

Set a schedule. Having a mix of online and offline activities is important each day—as is time for breaks. Routines can be comforting for everyone.

Create a consistent workspace. It may be hard to find separate spaces for everyone in the home to work. If possible, set up a location for each person to work or store materials or projects.

Empathize about change. This is a new experience for your kids, as well as for you. Help them understand that it will take some time to adjust to new tools and ways of learning. Your teachers want the best for you and your child, so we will be flexible and understanding throughout this experience.

Make time for breaks and fun. Many of us are anxious as we manage this new reality, so take any opportunity to relax and laugh together. Your kids are going to remember this unique time together more than they will remember their math or music lessons. Make sure relationships come first.

Manage online time. Support the transition to virtual learning and help students think critically about what they see online. Consider these special circumstances. Some of your rules about screen time may need to be adjusted. However, a consistent time for screens off at night will help maintain good sleep habits for a healthier immune system.

Pennsylvania public television stations want you to know that you are not alone. Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we have created Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games to support you. From Sesame Street for preschoolers to NOVA for high school science students, public television offers engaging programs that will support your child’s learning.

We hope you are able to stay healthy and positive. We are here to support you and your child through this unprecedented time.