Distance learning will be with us for some time. When schools reopen it will probably include a mix of in-class and at-home learning. As a result, we must do what we can to provide our kids with the conditions they need to succeed.
Follow these helpful tips to set up your home for distance learning to minimize the impact of the pandemic on their education.
Designate a Study Space
Even if you live in a small apartment, you can set up a place that’s meant for study. Choose a spot away from distractions such as the television. If that isn’t possible, designate a specific time for school work and ensure everyone knows the area is a noise-free zone during this time.
Add task lighting such as a small table lamp and a good chair to a table. Don’t allow your kids to do their homework on their bed or the sofa. It’s bad for their body and doesn’t promote concentration.
Create a Calendar
Older kids can use an online calendar to mark the due dates of their assignments and tests. You may need help your younger children track these items, though.
Help them schedule their time so they can reach their goals. Break larger projects into smaller, more manageable units so they’re not scrambling at the last minute. Create to-do lists to keep their work on track.
Older kids will use the internet and their computer for school work. However, it is easy for them to hop onto social media to check their feed instead of working on their assignments.
To help prevent this, set a timer for 30 minutes of focused work on an assigned task. After 30 minutes, allow 10 minutes for a stretch, bathroom break, or snack. Let them know you’ll be checking their progress and get them away from the computer so they can rest their eyes.
Don’t forget to put their cellphone on Do Not Disturb and stow it away during study time, too.
Connect With Their Teachers
Teachers will post assignments and due dates online. Check the website daily and make sure that your child adds any new information to their calendar.
Go through the teacher’s feedback with your child so they understand what they’re doing well and where they need improvement. While grades are important, they shouldn’t be a parent’s ultimate focus. Your kids should put in work daily towards improvement.
Expand Learning Opportunities
Most parents aren’t teachers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t educate their children. If you have a young child learning to read, you can pick up a favorite book, read aloud, and point out words.
You can teach your kids far more than you might realize. Some kids don’t want to learn how to add and subtract, but they might be more interested if you apply it to their allowance. Some children don’t want to study history, but they might get more excited if you tell them a story about your family’s own experiences and how it relates to the time period that they’re studying.
Remember, education isn’t just about completing assignments. It’s all about gaining a better understanding of our world and how it operates. You’ve got this!