Research informs how parents and guardians can support children’s learning, even while at home. To keep it simple, we suggest families establish “4R Plans” for each child: Routine — Relevant — Read — Run.
“Run” here is shorthand. Any physical activity will do.
When all is said and done, remember you were (and, arguably, will always be) your child’s first teacher. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. Draw on your own experiences, talents, and cultures.
We are a nation of amazing diversity. Take this time to consider the assets that your own life brings. Expose your child to your own interests. Share your own authentic story of self; discuss how you see that story as part of a larger story of your community, the country and the world.
About the authors
Lora Cohen-Vogel, Ph.D. is Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Michael Gottfried, Ph.D. is Professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. Carol McDonald Connor, Ph.D. is Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Education at University of California Irvine.