As the school year returns, many families are choosing to teach their kids from home this year. For families who choose remote learning for their children, it may feel like there is a lot to learn to help navigate this new form of education. Luckily, there are many simple ways to make this transition seamless. Below, we’ve listed five tips to help your family adjust to distance learning this school year.
Have a dedicated learning area 📚
Make sure your child has a dedicated learning area such as a desk or table where they can have their computer and books set up. This can help the days feel more structured and can help your child focus better by minimizing distractions. Give your child a comfortable area to sit and provide them with any school supplies they will need for the day.
Create a routine 🗓
It’s important for your child to have a weekly or daily routine set in place to help break up the days. Schedule time for learning, breaks, and meals. You can even take some time to type up a weekly schedule to help you and your child follow along better. Have your child follow a typical routine as they would at school, such as waking up at a certain time, brushing their teeth, and getting dressed for the day. This will help kids be more intentional about their learning time, even when learning from home.
Communicate with your child’s teacher 👩🏫
Just because your child is not going to the classroom in person does not mean that you won’t be in contact with their teacher. It is important to maintain a clear line of communication with your child’s teacher throughout the school year so you can know how well they are doing with their classes, find out about any feedback their teacher may have, and to keep you in the know about their current curriculum.
Check in regularly 👍🏼
It is important to give your kid some space to learn on their own but you’ll also want to make sure that you are checking in regularly to make sure they are staying focused and caught up. Check in with your child during meal times, breaks and at the end of each day to ask about what they’re learning and how they’re feeling overall.
Try to follow the curriculum as well 👩🏽💻
Having parents do their best to engage in the curriculum and follow along can help your child because they can easily turn to you for questions and help when doing work outside of the school day. By showing engagement yourself, you can also set a positive example for your child. 🙌🏼☺️