Preparing Kids For Remote Learning

Thanks to COVID and its many restrictions, most students have been required to conduct their academic life at home. Unfortunately, in most areas, restrictions haven’t been lifted and school-aged kids will continue learning at home for the foreseeable future. If your child is struggling with keeping up with the rigors of online learning, keep reading for some helpful hints that will make your child’s and your lives easier.

Create a Dedicated Learning Space 

Something most people learned when schools closed in the spring of 2019 is that schools provided the quintessential dedicated learning space. When students walked into their classrooms and sat down at a desk, it was inherently known that learning was about to take place. When that was taken away, so was the learning mindset for many students. You can get it back by creating a dedicated learning space at home. It is not necessary to relegate your kids to their bedrooms to do their studying. Instead, be creative and design the ideal workspace in another area of the house. The dining room or kitchen table are great options. If you go with one of these tables, remove the salt, pepper and anything else that makes it an eating area. You can put it all back when it is time for dinner. If you are unable to give up that space, set up a workstation in a quiet area of the house where your kids will not be disturbed. Make sure the workspace you create is clear of clutter and distractions to help your kids focus on their lessons.

Make a Schedule — and Stick to It 

It is not a secret that kids thrive with structure. When they are in a school setting, the structure is automatically provided for them. But, in an online setting, it can easily go out the window, particularly if the school follows an asynchronous schedule. But, you can easily create a schedule for your children to follow during remote learning. Start with establishing a set time for your kids to wake up. It is not necessary to require your kids to be out of bed by 6:00 a.m. But, have your kids out of bed in enough time to eat breakfast, shower and get their brains functioning. Resist the urge to allow your kids to stay up late into the night. It can be tempting to let them stay up watching TV or playing video games. But, establish a bedtime that will give them enough solid sleep time so they will be refreshed and ready to learn in the morning.

Hopefully, your children will have a set schedule of classes they need to attend while they are learning online. But, if they do not, work with them to come up with a class schedule that works for them. Allow extra time for the classes they struggle with so they have plenty of time to do the work. Do not forget, to schedule frequent breaks so your kids do not start to feel inundated with work. It’s a great idea to factor in some exercise breaks as well. A few bursts of physical activity can help to increase their ability to focus on their work when the break is over.

Create a Calendar

You do not need to commit your schedule to memory. Creating a calendar is a great way to keep your kids on-task. Having a physical calendar to look at will help your kids stay on track. If you have more than one child, keep separate calendars for each one. Mark all due dates for each class on the calendar. Then you can break each assignment down into steps with their own due dates. Keeping track of all the work on one calendar will help your kids manage their time better and ensure all assignments are completed by the time they are due. Try color-coding the calendars to make them easier to follow.

Make Time for Exercise 

Besides working exercise breaks into the school schedule, your kids need to make time for exercise outside of the school day. Exercise helps people think better and helps to improve problem-solving skills, memory and attention. Physical activity has also been shown to reduce stress and prevent anxiety. Great times for kids to incorporate exercise into their days include before the school day starts or right after it ends. Work an exercise regimen into your kids’ schedules when it works best for them. You can also consider creating a family exercise time when you all exercise together. If you do not know how to start an exercise plan for your kids, there are plenty of resources you can find online.

Reach Out to Your Kids’ Teachers

Do not forget that you are not alone in your quest for your kids’ academic success. Your kids’ teachers are right there with you to help you in whatever way you need. Teachers want their students to succeed as much as parents want their kids to succeed. So, your best course of action is working together. Reach out via email, phone or video chat when you have questions about an assignment, your child’s progress or have any issues regarding your child’s education. When everyone works together, everyone wins.

Conducting education in an online environment does not need to be a stressful experience for students or parents. Taking a few preliminary steps will help to set your kids up for success.

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