NON-SCREEN LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Across Facebook and Twitter, many families have expressed concerns about the amount of time their children are now on a screen to access their education in addition to recreational activities. As teachers plan for and parents support e-learning, it is important to remember the recommended amounts of time for virtual instruction are significantly different that those of in-person instruction. The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards guidelines recommend that “elementary students should have 1-2 hours a day of online instruction, middle school students 2-3 hours, and high school students 3-4 hours.”
To reduce the amount of screen time required for instruction, consider giving assignments that don’t require the use of a screen. For younger learners, check out this Google Drive folder filled with non-screen Language Challenges. Special thanks to Kelsey Funk for creating and sharing this resource through the Facebook page DHH Preschool Learning at Home. Have a conversation about what you see in picture scenes. And check out the Speech Therapy Store for links to LOTS of freebies!
Read books! Check out Start With a Book for lists of books by age and topic along with activities and non-screen ideas to do at home. Or check out Reading Rockets list of ideas to do before, during, and after reading a book. More information on developing a child’s reading skills can be found at Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.