It’s been more than a year since the beginning of the pandemic and the subsequent shift from traditional classrooms to online kids learning. It was quite an abrupt shift, and while the children may have adapted to virtual classrooms reasonably quickly, it comes with its own set of trials and challenges. Let’s take a look at some of the problems faced by students in online classes and what you can do to help them.
It can be challenging for your child to stay motivated during class hours without their friends or peers around. You can encourage their motivation in the subject matter by taking an interest in what they’re learning, having serious discussions, and talking to them about it. It also helps to emphasise how interesting and important you find the subject to be.
Here are some more online learning tips for parents.
Classroom engagement is a vital part of the learning experience. It’s also one of the aspects that suffered the most with the transition to online classrooms as students and teachers struggled to adjust. Make sure that your child knows how to engage virtually, as well as the etiquette of online classrooms. It’s essential that they feel comfortable enough to contribute to classroom discussions through raising their hand virtually to speaking or typing in the chatbox.
No teaching method caters to all learning styles equally, and online classrooms cater to different ones than your child might be used to. However, one advantage of studying from home is that it allows the use of a wide variety of e-learning tools and resources that can cater to individual needs and find appropriate kid activities online. Find out how your child feels most comfortable learning – auditory, visual, kinesthetic, or a combination – and incorporate it into their study time.
Another challenge of sudden online classrooms is that there is no direct interaction with the subject material. Apart from big projects, this is usually done through laboratories or specimens brought to the classroom. On the bright side, a lot of these experiments can be done at home. Spend some fun weekends with your child doing simple DIY science experiments in the kitchen and noting the results. Even just observing and critically discussing the natural world as well as current events can be immensely helpful.
It’s essential to maintain a focused mindset when in class, and a lot of it depends on the study environment. There are many ways you can optimise your child’s workspace for better learning. To keep it simple – a no disturbance policy during class hours and privacy is a good idea.
Effective communication and social interaction are fundamental life skills that are learnt primarily through schooling as children. While meeting other people regularly can be too much of a risk right now, it’s essential to make sure that your child is getting the socialisation they need. Academically, you can collaborate with their friend’s parents to organise virtual study groups and sessions regularly.
You can also check out these tips on your child’s internet safety as being online becomes a more integral part of their daily life.
Extracurricular activities are a must for taking a break from studying and maintaining a healthy mindset. With the ongoing risk of outdoor playtime, it may be tempting just to let your child watch television or play video games to relax and de-stress. However, physical activities are still a must for staying healthy and should be incorporated into the daily routine. It can be a fun activity for both of you to do, and the list of the options include yoga, dance, self-defence, and basic exercises.
While there are many e-learning challenges to overcome, the same can be said for any single method of learning. If you and your child are comfortable with homeschooling and think that it might be for you, check out our online courses for kids at Vineyard Academy.
There are many advantages to online learning to consider, compared to the more traditional means of education. At Vineyard Academy, we offer kids homeschooling in India and UAE an international K-12 experience with a curriculum that is globally recognised and respected, as well as excellent extracurricular courses to give your child’s future career a boost.
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