After your child has been doing virtual lessons all day, it’s time for them to relax and unwind before beginning homework and the rest of their afternoon routine.  Your child can relieve the stress of the school day and enjoy their favorite activities such as playing basketball, playing tag, and walking the dog around the neighborhood.  Another idea would be to give them crafts to do if it’s raining outside after school.  Here are additional ideas.

Discuss The Details of Your Child’s Day

Bond with your child after school by talking to them about how his school day went.  Ask them what the best and worst parts of their day were.  If there are certain topics or hobbies that interest them, look for ways that the two of you can learn about them and even do them together.  For example, if your child develops an interest in candy making, you can watch online videos or print out a simple candy recipe that you can make together.  Limit other distractions such as the phone or TV when talking with your child.

Be Patient When Helping Child With Homework

Not all children learn at the same pace, so it’s important that you maintain a patient attitude with them while helping them with their homework.  This doesn’t mean that you excuse laziness or a lack of motivation.  It means that you recognize his efforts and gently motivate them towards greater success.  Never display a harsh or belittling attitude towards your child because it will cause them to shut down and give up.

Don’t Forget Life Skills

You can use after school hours to teach your child essential life skills. These skills might include:

  • Washing, drying, and folding clothes
  • Meal preparation
  • Creating a monthly budget
  • Cleaning a room
  • Sewing or making alterations
  • Mopping and sweeping floors
  • Cleaning a bathroom
  • Changing light bulbs


Some of these life skills can be taught through the assigning of chores while others might be taught by your example.   Academics are just one aspect of your child’s development.  He must also know the skills needed to function out in the real world.

In conclusion, these tips will make for a productive after-school routine for virtual learners.