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Videos Help Parents Help Kids Make Up for Learning Lost in Pandemic


The education nonprofit JerseyCAN has posted videos with hints for parents on how to work learning into everyday life.

There’s a lot parents can do at home to help their children make up learning lost during the pandemic.

The education nonprofit JerseyCAN has put on its website four videos with some tips for parents on how to work learning into everyday life with their kids.

JerseyCAN’s Janellen Duffy said on one of them, a math coach talks about reinforcing those skills.

“How do you incorporate talking about fractions when you’re cooking with your children,” she said, “and this was a good one — she talks about talking with your children about how long it’s gonna take you to get to a sports activity and what time do you have to leave.”

There are two videos on reading.

“The first talks about questions you can ask your child to kind of check for understanding, check for comprehension, the other is also on reading skills and it’s for early readers,” she said.

And there’s also one with some suggestions on how to find out how your child is doing now — now that they’re back in class.

Duffy said it can be tough — but it can be done.

“When you say to a child how was your day you really don’t get much back,” she said, “but if you ask them what was the most interesting thing you learned today, or what was the hardest thing you learned today, or what was the most surprising thing you learned about today, you do get more feedback.”

The website is https://cantwait.jerseycan.org.

Janice Kirkel is a lifelong award-winning journalist who has done everything from network newscasts to national and local sports reports to business newscasts to specialized reporting and editing in technical areas of business and finance such as bankruptcy, capital structure changes and reporting on the business of the investment business.