At this time many classrooms are returning face-to-face classes and students are getting back into normal daily routines. But E-Learning is still gaining popularity, and that won’t be going away anytime soon.
If you’re looking for the best ways to recreate that in-classroom magic for your child during distance learning, this article is for you.
Here are our 5 ways to support students from home, tips to help your child’s learning this year.
5 Ways to Support Your Student From Home
- Set Up a Practical Home Workspace
A dedicated space can be a good way to keep kids motivated and focussed on their studies. A separate room, with a computer, will also be a good place to separate the two so they are not distracted all the time, with browsing the internet. Then, you should make time for both learning and your child’s physical activities.
Distance learning takes focus. When parents are working from home and younger siblings are playing, distractions are bound to happen. Help your child find success while schooling at home with a quiet workspace just for them.
- Establish a Set Routine
Even though they’re no longer leaving the house, it’s still important to keep up a motivating morning routine. Help them get up with plenty of time to wash, dress and eat breakfast. After this, they can settle in for the day’s work.
After school is over, plan for some down time and relaxation. Then make a plan for homework and dinner. Keeping a regular daily schedule will help them settle down at the end of the day and get the sleep they need to do it again tomorrow.
- Ensure Your Child’s Safety
Consider limiting your children’s devices until their schoolwork is done satisfactorily, so that it can receive their undivided attention. Apps, games, and messaging features are fun, but they can also prove distracting.
Ensure your child’s safety and don’t allow them to use computers in the home without proper supervision. Alternatively, you could install a parental control app like Canopy to your child’s computer and devices to prevent them from viewing inappropriate content online.
- Digital Breaks
Parents should make sure that their children receive adequate rest and eat enough. Breaking up assignments is an important part of distance learning, and breaks should be included. Encourage your child to get up and away from their devices when feeling overworked, and encourage them to talk about their feelings if they aren’t coping well or if there are signs of cyberbullying.Plan off-screen activities for the whole family, between school and work obligations, it’s rare for parents and children to have this much time together, so turn it into an opportunity for bonding. Organize a tournament, family card games, charades, or chess, or get outside for a hike or walk together after school. Follow your community’s guidelines about safe behaviour and events, of course, but make sure you still find time for fun with your kids.
- Focus Right to Finish Right
Even though staying home from school might feel like a holiday, remind your kids that they’re not on vacation. Assignments, grades, requirements, and tests like state exams, SATs, and ACTs aren’t going away just because classes have moved online.