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Everything Parents & Kids Need to Make Distance Learning a Breeze

Let’s be honest: Distance learning wasn’t exactly a piece of cake the first time around — and distance learning school supplies? Are you kidding me? Post-Its and desperate scribble-scrawl don’t cut it, you say? Huh. Well, I would go so far as to say that distance learning, virtual schooling, online whatever you ended up doing when schools closed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic…it was all pretty awful.

Sure, some kids excelled with distance learning, but many, many kids did not. Kids’ mental health started to take a toll, there were tears, and bribes, and more tears. Everyone felt like they were failing. It can feel like distance learning offers more questions than answers: How much time should you spend on it? What will be the long-term effects on your kids’ education? Even teachers are hating distance learning with their own kids. But everybody, take a breath: It doesn’t have to be that way, and thanks to our guide to distance learning, you’ll be set up for success with some of the most delightful “school” supplies to make the whole thing a fun experience for everyone involved. 2020’s got nothing on a mom on a mission, right?

After all, this is a new school year, and a chance to start fresh. Whether your kid is doing a hybrid in-person school model, full-time distance learning, you’ve made your own homeschool pod, or you’ve decided to screw it all and travel America in a camper for some “unschooling” — no choice is the easy choice. But if you’re going the distance-learning route, it doesn’t have to be as painful as it was last March. (We pinky-promise.) From cozy sound-canceling headphones and cute planners to blue-light-blocking glasses and a chair that lets your kiddo wiggle while they work, we’ve scoured far and wide and rounded up your guide to distance learning essentials, with everything parents and kids need to make the whole process a breeze. Yes, seriously. A breeze.

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