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Distance learning is not something any of us were prepared for. In fact, it’s not even a term that was in our vocabulary in February of this year. When it was announced that our county would be “distance learning” until further notice, my first instinct was to panic. I had very little time in my day as it was and including three kids with three very different curriculums terrified me, as I’m sure it did many working parents.
While distance learning isn’t technically homeschool, because we aren’t making the lesson plans (thank goodness for our teachers), we are still responsible for making sure our kids do the work their teachers are assigning them, make sure they attend the live video meetings and maybe most importantly, make sure they have the tools they need to succeed.
Originally we had prepared for a few weeks, which turned into a month, and then the rest of the school year (maybe a month into the next year as well). We were lucky to have two laptops in the house for the girls to use and received a loaner from the school for our youngest, so everyone had access to their own device. Of course, with three girls, in three different grades, listening to teacher assigned videos and having class meetings on a regular basis, we needed to make sure they could concentrate and not be distracted by the noises around them.
So when I was making a list for our must-haves, at the top of my list was noise cancelling headphones. I researched a number of brands, asked around and was told that Puro Sound Labs were the best! They are volume limiting active noise cancelling headphones and they protect their ears. They have a long battery life (from 16-22 hours) and can connect via bluetooth. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty. The girls love them and even use them outside of school hours as well, with their phones and tablets.
Next on my list, because I wanted the girls to be able to do their school work anywhere they felt comfortable, both inside or outside, was a lap desk. Lap desks are great for so many reasons. I love that they create an instant desk, no matter where you are. So when the girls decide it’s treehouse school day, they grab their lap desks from LapGear® and head out. While there are so many great ones on the market, LapGear® offers a huge variety for all ages (I use one too) and offers some of the cutest lap desks for kids! Falynn’s MyMonster lap desk is the CUTEST and the cushion design not only creates a stable work surface, but also keeps her little legs cool.
When the girls left school in mid-March, they thought that they would be back, so they left all of their school supplies behind. I wanted to make sure their transition to distance learning was easier, by providing them with similar supplies. Yoobi has been their favorite brand for years! You have probably seen their notebooks, pens, markers, pencil cases, scissors (and so much more) in Target. They are the brightly colored, super fun school supplies that kids (and Moms) love. But what you may not know is that for every Yoobi item purchased, they will donate a school supply item to a child in need right here in the U.S. It’s just one more reason to love and support the brand!
Finally, I made sure to create a special space and easy storage for each of the girls and personalized them with our Cricut Joy. You can learn all about that fun project by checking out how we transformed our home school space at home with Cricut Joy.
How is your family adjusting to distance learning? Are there specific products that have made things easier on you? Comment below and let us know! We love to hear from our readers!
*This post was sponsored by Puro Sound Labs, LapGear® and Yoobi. We were provided product in exchange for this post, but all opinions are our own. This post also contains affiliate links which means if you click on them and purchase something, we may receive a small commission. As always, our family appreciates your support!