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As we all slowly get used to the new normal that has come about due to COVID-19, many of us are beginning to feel less motivated. To get the most out of their education, it is important for students to remain dedicated to continue their self-learning. Here are the three top tips to keep your preschool child excited to learn throughout COVID-19.

As the coronavirus disease continues to be an oft-present part of our daily lives, our children are likely to experience a wide array of new feelings and emotions. Due to cancelled events, separation from friends, and less public activities, the emotions that our children may reasonably be feeling can include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Anger
  • Sadness

When faced with more hardship and negative emotions, we can sometimes feel discouraged. A lack of motivation can lead to lower self-esteem, energy and morale. In a Montessori school, the excitement to continue learning is valuable for your child to get the most out of their education. As parents, it is more important than ever to help your child when they are struggling to stay motivated through this challenging period.

Maintaining Montessori Preschool Academic Excellence During the Pandemic

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3 Ways That You Can Help Keep Your Child Motivated as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

No matter how your child has been learning this fall, whether it be virtually or in person, there are some challenges that are being grappled with. To help keep your child mentally healthy and motivated, here are three tips:

1. Keep You and Your Child Active

It is common knowledge in the medical community that physical health and well-being are very intertwined with our mental and emotional health. Countless studies have shown how physical activity and exercise can have a profound positive impact on an individual's mental health. Physical activity releases hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, bodily chemicals that play an essential part in regulating your mood and mental health. For your child, physical activity will help produce these hormones while also helping them burn off some energy. Try some new family activities such as a family treasure hunt, dance party, or in-door balloon volleyball!

Remaining active will go a long way to reducing stress levels, improving cognitive function, and providing a huge motivational boost to both you and your child.


2. Encourage Your Child to Express Themselves

Young children are learning to do almost everything for the first time, and learning how they should be properly expressing their emotions is something that they have not yet mastered. When a child is struggling to express their feelings, it can lead to an inability to manage these emotions and a subsequent lack of motivation and happiness. Teaching your child methods that will help them handle and communicate what they are feeling can help them live a more stable life.

Some activities that you can try with your child to help them express their emotions include:

  • Painting, drawing or crafting
  • Writing in a diary or journaling
  • Group feelings discussions
  • Movement games such as 'Simon Says,' or 'Move Like an Animal'

3. Prioritize Healthy Mealtimes

While we all love a tasty, greasy burger from time to time, we also need to understand how our dietary habits affect our mental health and motivation. Many studies have shown that well-balanced, low-sugar, healthy diets can reduce depression, anxiety, and increased motivation. Starting your child off early with healthy dietary habits has shown to be linked to improved mental health and motivation, while also influencing children to continue healthy eating habits as they grow older.

Mealtimes are not just a time to demonstrate healthy eating habits, but they are also an opportunity to sit down and talk with your child about how they are feeling. Using mealtimes as a chance to speak openly with your child is another method to help them express their emotions.



We Are Committed to Supporting Your Child's Education in These Difficult Times

At Grey Matter Montessori, we know it’s not an easy time for Calgary families. We would like to thank our parents for their continued support during this time.

If you require advice or assistance on how you can motivate your child during COVID-19, or are looking for a preschool in Calgary, please contact Grey Matter Montessori at 587-707-4739 or fill out our online contact form.


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