In the last few months, online classes and schooling for children have become the norm. It also looks like it might remain that way for a long time, as we adapt and live in a hopefully post-covid world. Online schooling is an abrupt change from the more traditional way, and your child is probably under a lot of pressure as they adapt to it. There are many online learning benefits, which you can take advantage of. Whenever online learning advantages and disadvantages are brought up, the deciding factor usually depends on the child is most familiar. However, what can you, as parents do to help your kids with their online classes? Let’s take a look at some helpful tips!
The first and most important way you can help is not to disturb online classes as they are going on. Let your child focus on the subject matter, and don’t interrupt conversations or chores. A separate workspace or study room away from the common areas is ideal if it’s possible. It’s crucial to minimise the distractions available and ensure a peaceful and quiet atmosphere during class times. Some of the ways you can do so are to give them privacy and close the door and to make sure there are no distracting devices like mobile phones, tablets, or video games available nearby. Each child is different, and the best way for one could be utterly ineffective for another. While some general rules could help make the workspace more efficient, it’s best to discuss them with your child and see what helps them focus and learn.
Establishing a set routine can be helpful. It gives a sense of rhythm and stability in everyday life that is sorely needed when everything else seems chaotic and uncertain. The new daily morning routine doesn’t necessarily mirror the well established ‘getting ready for school’ one but make sure that your child is fresh, awake, and ready to learn by the time classes start. After school, you can also establish clear cut homework and extra fun times, with an activity that they enjoy. This makes sure they don’t fall behind on classwork, while also giving them something to look forward to and plan for.
Staying at home just gives you more opportunities to bond with your child and watch how they learn and grow as individuals. Spend some time with them outside of class doing various fun and educational activities that show the concepts in real life. There’s an astounding amount of things you can do together from the confines of your home. These range from science experiments in the kitchen, to examining and categorising various plant and insect life in the garden. There’s a ton of resources on the internet that can help you. For example, Google Earth can be a source of free online learning as it lets you virtually travel the world and learn about its history and geography.
Fun activities can also include hobbies like arts and crafts, painting, gardening, board games etc. as they increase your child’s creative and critical thinking skills.
You can also check out our blog on how to maximise your virtual learning experience for more tips!
One inarguable fact about children is that they need socialisation with their peers to thrive. This may be a problem with the pandemic curtailing many of the usual sites of interaction. One possible way to circumvent this is to talk to your child’s friends’ parents and organise virtual or real study groups. In virtual meetups, ensure the rules of internet safety are being followed, and block unsafe sites from being accessed. It might also be better for these meetings to happen in common areas of the house so that you can keep an eye on things. Study groups are beneficial for the children as they understand concepts better when discussing them with a group.
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