While we know nothing will equally replace our in-person classes with all our friends, we wanted to be able to support you and your little one during this challenging time. We hope to facilitate learning and growing and bring some songs, entertainment and at-home tips to you virtually.
Virtual LWT Tips for your child
Set up your child in a clear space
Watch in a space free from toys or other distractions (as much as possible). Place only the items listed to use for each class in your child's viewing area. If your child is having trouble attending, you can also try setting it up with them in a high-chair or small chair and table!
Have the toys we suggest ready for them to use
If you don’t have the same items at home, anything similar will do! For times that don’t involve toys or props, try giving them something else to hold if they need it. You could even try letting them hold a water cup or snack throughout the class.
Give them time to adjust to the new LWT routines!
These classes will not always be your child's usual teacher and certain songs or routines may be slightly different than they are used to. Give your child a chance to adapt! To your benefit, you can watch the videos more than one time to allow them to become more familiar to the instructor, songs and routines!
Don’t stress if your child is not attentive the whole time!
Attention spans are shorter for screen time compared to in person interactions. Allow your child to engage with the video as much or as little as they wish. Even if they are not actively attending the entire time, they are hearing the songs, language and sounds. You can attempt to re-engage them by modeling your participation in the class (i.e., singing along, answering questions, etc.).
Let them take breaks if needed
If they started off engaged, but are seeming like they need a break, let them take a break! Watching the class in 2 or 3 parts might be best for your child! Take a break and come back to the video later!
Be their model!
Engage in songs and activities! If they are not responsive to the class, try modeling! You can respond to the teacher when she asks questions, model actions/following verbal directions (i.e., clapping hands, pointing to body parts, etc.). Once they begin to engage, you can pull back and let them have more opportunity to respond!