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Distance learning is a difficult process for many children. It is a fairly new situation for children to adapt to, and it is one of the many changes that the coronavirus has imposed on our lives. It is unrealistic to expect the transition from regular, face-to-face teaching to distance learning to be perfect, and it is not surprising that most children do not enjoy the process as much as we had hoped.
Children thrive on their social experiences, and much of the pleasure of going to school is not in the learning itself, but in the opportunities it offers to connect with their peers. Peer relationships are lacking with distance learning and the day can be long, impersonal and difficult for many children.
While there is no magic wand that can make this a very exciting experience, and it may not be your child's first choice, many families need to push the distance learning experience for safety. Fortunately, the experts at Greater Good Berkeley point out that there are some tricks and strategies that can help children get through this stage.
6. Reinforce individual lessons.
Mothers have become mentors to their children. This can be tedious, but is often very necessary. Because distance learning does not take into account the personal contact that classroom learning offers, many children need additional support from their parents. This is another challenge for moms, but it can be just a ploy to help your child succeed in a one-dimensional learning structure. Spending some time looking at your child's work online and helping her reinforce and discuss what she has been taught is a great way to be more engaging and offer your child useful learning benefits.
Johns Hopkins University says, "Without effective support for children from teachers and parents at home, families can easily become disengaged and frustrated.
Personal understanding and suggestions go a long way toward helping children understand new material in a more tangible way.
5. Encourage breaks for the virtual student
Sitting in front of a computer screen is not what school is supposed to be, especially for younger students. While older children find it easier to adapt, it's not the most ideal situation for them either. Kids have a lot of energy to burn, and online learning forces them to pay close attention to the screen, something none of the kids in this generation are used to yet. This amount of screen time is bad for kids' health, and moms may have to step in to help.
Common sense experts say that breaks will go a long way in keeping kids active, and they should be encouraged in every way possible throughout the day. It's best to use breaks to get out or do something physically active to get your child's blood pumping. This will give you a better chance to concentrate when you come back to the screen to try again.
4. Create a space dedicated to distance learning.
It may seem simple, but creating a space dedicated to your child will optimize their learning experience. Putting a laptop in the middle of the kitchen is not conducive to proper learning.
It is better to imitate what children will be offered if they are learning in your classroom. They will be more productive if they have a designated space to work, and it will be much more fun if they have the opportunity to personalize their space with pictures, pencil cases, and things that are special to them. A trash can or drawer for supplies such as pencils, erasers, paper, etc. should be within easy reach. This sets the right tone and creates an environment that encourages learning.
3. Reduce distractions.
Distractions can't always be completely avoided, but the more you can reduce and minimize distractions around your child, the better. Just because you're both at home doesn't mean washing dishes during school hours is a good idea, nor does it mean you should add toys to the list of items used to personalize your space.
If your child has a TV or game console in his learning space, he should turn it off completely or put it away if it's too tempting.
2. Be available to talk and solve problems
Distance learning is difficult, and mothers are much needed in the process. By giving yourself the opportunity to talk to your child and solve his problems, you are showing him that you have put all your efforts into distance education and are helping him do the same. By helping them with their online challenges and acting as a sounding board for their frustrations, you will go a long way toward helping your children get the most out of their online learning.
1. Setting the Path for Online Learning
Routine is key, and children of all ages struggle with no pattern to their schedule. Invent a routine that works best for your child and be sure to keep it within reason. You don't have to be rigid about the routine; in fact, the opposite is true and flexibility is key. However, establishing a fundamental foundation for the routine will help create the structure your child needs to thrive.