Creating a supportive home learning environment for your child

Creating a supportive home learning environment for your child

​Research shows that taking an interest in your child’s learning can make a big difference to how well they do. Making your home a positive home learning environment plays a big part in this.

What you can do:

  1. Designate an area for learning. You can help by finding a place at home where they can work and keep them from being interrupted. Make sure it has ample light and a strong WiFi signal.
  2. Provide access to the tools they’ll need:
    -   A device (e.g. tablet, iPad, PC, Mac, Chromebook)
    -   Headphones with  a microphone (like the ones that came with your smartphone)
    -   Google Chrome (Watch this video on why signing into Chrome is important.)
    -   It’s important to sign into Chrome with your child's school email account. By doing so, your child’s bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings securely managed by your school will follow them on any device.
    -   Here is another helpful video on signing into Chrome vs. signing into your Google account

Establishing a connecting with your child's teacher(s)

While most schools already have well established communications with families via email/newsletters, teachers are now using more modern and effective platforms to help communicate student learning with families.  

Already using Seesaw?

If your family is already using Seesaw, please note, the Seesaw Class app for home learning is different than the Seesaw Family app. Watch this video:  How to get started on SeeSaw with Home Learing

Brand new to Seesaw?

If you're a parent or family member helping your child get started with Seesaw at home, here is a guide on how to get started:

  • STEP 1: Download or update the Seesaw Class app on your device or go to to get started. (If you had the Seesaw app already, please make sure it’s up to date.)
  • STEP 2: Click I’m a Student to log in with your Home Learning Code.
    NOTE: Your child's teacher will have sent your Home Learning Code in an email or through a message on your Seesaw Family app.
  • STEP 3: Enter your Home Learning Text Code or scan your Home Learning QR Code.

Once logged in, check for any announcements or activities.

  • To see activities from your teacher, tap the Activities tab (on the right side under class name).
  • To see announcements from your teacher, tap the Inbox tab (on the right side under class name)

Have questions? See Frequently Asked Questions for Families.

Meeting  with your teacher in real time

Your child's teacher may host real-time online meetings with their students.  To join these meetings from your web-browser (or app), all you need to do is click on the meeting link URL and follow the onscreen prompts.

Here are some good rules to cover with your child when meeting online with their teacher and classmates:  

  • Show up on time (or even a few minutes earlier).
  • Find a quiet space, free from distractions and strong WiFi signal.
  • Maintain respect for your teacher and fellow classmates (e.g. refrain from chewing gum or eating in front of the camera).
  • Stay on mute and use hand signals to communicate. Only unmute yourself if you have a question or you are answering your teacher’s question directed at you.
  • The video needs to stay on during class and eye contact should be maintained.

Learn more about joining a  Google Meet.

Check out the Google Meet Grid View extension for Google Chrome. This extension allows you to see all Google Meet participants at one time!

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