The Coronavirus pandemic made schools shut down in March 2020. Even today, there are fears about the pandemic all over the United States. Even if the student your child studies in has plans to have students physically present on their campus in the near future, you should be prepared for closures, shutdowns, and sudden shutdowns if teachers, staff, or children test positive for Covid-19. Remote learning is likely to be a reality in the near to medium term future. Keeping this in mind, here are X ways to make remote learning work for your child.
1) Allocate a dedicated learning space for your child
There are many benefits of remote learning. But the first step is to ensure that your child has a dedicated space for their remote studies. Buy an extra desk or table and allow your child to personalize and decorate the space. It is vital that your child feels that it is their own exclusive space for remote classes. Ensure that your child has sufficient material to take notes, a robust internet connection, a PDF reader, log-in information for their online accounts, and whatever else they may need to get their work done.
2) Set a schedule
It is essential for your child to study to a set schedule every day. It should be as close to a "school schedule" as possible. You can and should revise the schedule to see what works for both you and your child. Once you find something that works, you should ensure that your child sticks to it. Try using a timer to track how much time your child is spending on each subject.
3) Make online learning fun and engaging
Since an online class is entirely different from offline classes, it's essential for you to ensure that your child finds online learning to be fun and engaging. Try to find out when your child is the most attentive. Typically schools prefer classes to be in the morning and early afternoon. Ensuring your child attends classes as per the school's schedule will ensure that their brain is fresh and they can focus on an entire session.
4) Be flexible
At times, your child may not be able to complete something without your help. If that is the case, and you are not available due to other commitments, set aside some time to work jointly on that assignment. In the meantime, encourage your child to work on things that they can do when you aren't available.
5) Ensure that your child takes regular breaks
High levels of screen time may result in having an adverse effect on your child's health and well-being. Children may find it challenging to sit in front of the screen for an entire class. In fact, some kids may need breaks more frequently than others. Ensure that your child takes regular breaks. Exercising before focusing on learning may help in improving your child's attention levels. Regular exercise helps prevent anxiety and in reduction of stress.
6) Reduce distractions during your child's study time
Multiple studies show that web surfing and social media access during remote learning may hurt a student's performance. It is a good idea to limit your child's access to their mobile devices during online classes and when they are supposed to be doing their homework. Try to check your child during their study time to ensure that they are not sneaking a look at other websites or spending time chatting with their friends. Ensure that the child's workspace is clutter-free and without any distractions nearby.
Remote learning has made it possible for parents to take an active part in their child's schooling. But, it also means greater participation in your child’s studies. Follow the tips shared in this article to make remote learning work for your child.
WRITTEN BYClaire Ward