Remote learning is a new thing for millions of caregivers and students. In this new world, there are many challenges that leave some people scrambling for a sense of normalcy. Even if your child chooses to go back to school on campus, it’s important to be prepared for repeated shutdowns and quarantines. The new normal is remote learning, so we’re here to help you support your child in this new world.
Don’t Forget Social Skills
Kids go to school to get an education, but they also gain valuable social skills. Without other students physically sitting next to them, it can be tough for some students. It’s crucial that students still learn about conflict management, emotional regulation and discipline in virtual school. The way to approach this is to get students involved virtually together. Get them in little breakout rooms where they can solve problems and talk about their work. If you’re open to small social pods, get children together in person after virtual learning. They shouldn’t lose the element of socialization that they pick up at school without even realizing it.
Don’t Go Overboard
Teachers understand most caregivers aren’t experts at education. They’ve worked hard to carve out an online curriculum and teach your child. You can help them by not going overboard or downloading every new app that claims it will teach your children how to read or be a math whiz. Start with what you know. Help them step by step.
Carve Out Extra Time
Virtual learning often has technical hang-ups. It’s important that you budget time for dealing with tech difficulties. Kids are going to get locked out of the computer, kicked off a program and/or hit random buttons that lead them to a crazy location. Technical difficulties are simply part of the system as the bugs get worked out along the way.
Stick To The Schedule
One thing kids learn in school is how to manage their time by following a schedule. They learn to meet deadlines and manage their workload. Most classrooms will give you a schedule to follow just like you are at school. These schedules should make sure to make time for breaks, free time and physical activity.
Kids Are Resilient
Kids are going to get through this without a huge impact on their educational journey. If they miss part of the class because you can’t figure out how to get in, they’re still going to go to college. If they don’t understand something, and the teacher doesn’t have time to address their concerns, they can ask later. Kids aren’t going to fall through the cracks. This pandemic isn’t going to last forever. The best thing to remember is that kids are resilient. They’ll bounce back as they head into the next educational year.
The last thing kids need after being on a computer all day learning is to get on their video game system to play a few more hours. It’s crucial the student gets off the screen and out into real life. They can play with a friend, play outside or play with their toys. It’s tough because many parents are working from home and know that screens help keep their children occupied when they’re still busy at work. Steer them in another direction so they get a break after virtual school. If they want to play video games or watch the iPad later that night, it’s okay to spend a little more time on their screen if they get a big break.
Remember that this is a new thing for the entire world. Virtual school is something that schools, parents and students are learning as they go. The most important thing is the students feel secure and supported as they navigate this new world.