SCVi Charter School in Santa Clarita is offering families in the community homeschooling tips as schools remain closed due to the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on KHTS FM-98.1 and AM-1220, “Eye on the Valley” Host Matt Watson is set to provide homeschooling tips and advice on how to stay productive at home.
Watson kicked off the special series by advising parents to set up a system of “normalcy” at home, starting with setting up a work space for their kids.
“Design a space that works for your kid,” Watson said. “Make sure that it’s flexible so that they’ve got somewhere to sit, somewhere to lay down, so that they can continue doing whatever it is that they’re going to be doing, whether it’s something provided by your school and your district or if you’ve got them on some educational websites.”
Next, Watson recommended creating a schedule for kids, being sure that it works for that child as an individual.
This schedule can include a designated wake time, a good breakfast and a morning walk followed by academic time, creative time with the family and then lunch.
For creative time, Watson suggested incorporating offline activities like drawing, playing with legos, playing music, doing a craft project or baking.
When it comes to meals, Watson noted that SCVi/iLEAD schools, as well as some other schools in the community, are providing breakfast and lunches to all children 18 and under, regardless of whether they attend the school or not.
“Make sure that you have the food that you need,” Watson said, noting that SCVi Charter School in Santa Clarita, located at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic, offers these meals daily from 9 to 11 a.m.
After lunch, Watson recommended making sure kids have responsibilities like chores to keep up with, and following this with quiet reflection time for activities like journaling.
“Journals are going to be so powerful,” Watson said. “Twenty years from now, it’s going to be amazing for them to share with their kids and their grandkids.”
Next on the schedule can be time for fresh air, when Watson recommends families go outside and take a walk, ride bikes or play in the backyard.
“Before you know it, it will be time for a bath and kids to get some free time, some TV time, some time with the rest of the family,” he said.
Watson wrapped up his first segment of homeschooling tips by advising parents to be mindful of their outlook during these unprecedented times.
“Be flexible with your kids,” he said, “and know that they need your patience just as much as you need theirs.”
Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on a recent radio show with SCVi/iLEAD Charter School in Santa Clarita.
SCVi/iLEAD is a tuition free charter school in Santa Clarita that uses project-based and social-emotional learning concepts to inspire and motivate lifelong learners with the skills they need to lead in the 21st century. Technology is incorporated into all components of the curriculum, and learners are given a firm grounding in the arts, humanities and sciences. School officials value and encourage development of leadership skills by inspiring character and confidence in learners. SCVi/iLEAD offers transitional kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade, providing a unique learning opportunity for those in need of a kindergarten in Santa Clarita, elementary school in Santa Clarita, jr high in Santa Clarita, middle school in Santa Clarita or high school in Santa Clarita.
28060 Hasley Canyon Rd.
Castaic, CA 91384
Lower School: 661-705-4820
Upper School: 661-705-8420
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