Tips for learning at home

Tips for learning at home

Create a schedule

Keep to a routine as if your child goes to school every day. Have your child wake up at the same time each day and observe a regular bedtime. Consistency and structure are calming during times of stress. Kids, especially younger ones or those who are anxious, benefit from knowing what’s going to happen and when.

The VHA remote-schedule from week to week will remain largely unchanged, Breaks, lunch, PE and subject blocks will remain consistent to help foster the comfort and security that comes with routines. The instructional day for all students runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Grades 2-8 will Daven each morning from 8:30-9:00 and Kindergarten and Grade 1 will Daven from 8:50-9:00.

  • Each Sunday, the weekly schedule will be posted to your child’s Google Classroom.
  • Each morning by 8:00 AM, the daily schedule will be posted along with links, videos, and materials that will be needed for that day.

Sample weekly VHA schedule

Make space for school

Set up a designated space for schoolwork that is free of distractions, but still under your supervision.

Dress for success

VHA will not be requiring students to wear uniforms, but attire should be appropriate and set the tone for a day of learning.

Not all screen time is created equal

To learn more, please watch this helpful video from Dr. Eli Shapiro of the Digital Citizenship Project.

Be flexible

Even the best-laid plans are set aside by a classroom teacher if the students need a break. YOU are the best judge of how your child is faring.  If he/she needs an unscheduled break, you can let that happen. Be forgiving of yourself and your child.

Encourage and reward

Don’t forget that parents can award virtual Middos Minders. We will continue to have Middos Minder Raffles in the coming weeks. Remember to email them to Mrs. Parmar at office (at)

Download a printable page of Middos Minders by clicking here.

Foster Connectivity

In an effort to foster connectivity even at a social distance we’re going to create a slideshow of pictures every week. We encourage you to please email photos of your children engaged in their school activities throughout the week. Email photos to Mrs. Jolene at vha (at) Some images may be used (with permission) as banner images for these VHA@Home portal pages!

Stay active

Kids spend a lot of time moving around at school and it’s important to ensure they’re still engaging in activities they enjoy while at home.

Recess and Physical Education have been scheduled into your child’s day. Still, some children will need a ‘body break’ to foster better concentration when they return to their studies.  Be mindful of your child’s capacity and allow breaks as needed.

Schedule Family Time

This ‘challenging situation’ has created an opportunity that children have not had for generations…time with their parents! Take advantage of this gift, THIS is what your children will remember!