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Juggling Child’s Education And Work? How Kids Can Continue Learning While Schools Are Closed




 A mother helps her nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter to do school homework on March 15, 2020 in Dinslaken, Germany.
A mother helps her nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter to do school homework on March 15, 2020 in Dinslaken, Germany.
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LAUSD, along with a number of other school districts across the country, has shut its doors amid the coronavirus outbreak. Officials called it a necessary step in curbing the spread of the virus. But it means kids are out of school. Many parents are wondering how to make sure they’re continuing to stimulate their brains over the next couple weeks, maybe even longer. 

KPCC’s Mariana Dale talked to several early learning experts, and there’s a wide consensus for parents to ease up on the pressure to recreate the classroom. It’s not realistic. Many parents are juggling a lot of responsibilities, including working from home. Experts say the key is engagement. It can be as simple as asking questions, doing chores around the house, baking, telling stories and more. So what are you doing to keep your child engaged while out of school? How are you explaining the situation the country is currently in with the pandemic? What challenges are you facing? We want to hear from you. Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Read Mariana Dale’s full story here on LAist

Guests:

Mariana Dale, covers early childhood education for KPCC; she tweets @mariana_dale

Margo Pensavalle, professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California