How to Help Your Child Overcome Challenges with Distance Learning
We have come to enjoy many benefits of living in a fast-paced world dominated by modern technology. The educational system is one facet of our lives that has changed, and in some ways even improved, as a result of technological advances. The ways in which our children learn have changed dramatically throughout the last several decades. Distance learning is one of the most significant developments we’ve seen.
Numerous educational institutions have begun to offer remote learning as an alternative to the more traditional face-to-face classroom setting. While this option comes with many advantages, it has also brought about some challenges for students and families. It can be difficult for children to adjust to a new way of learning, primarily if they are used to being in a more traditional classroom setting. If your child has experienced difficulty adapting to distance learning, here are a few tips that may help.
Set up a routine and schedule
One of the best ways to help your child adjust to distance learning is to create a daily routine and schedule. This gives children a sense of structure and normalcy during otherwise uncertain times. Try to follow a similar schedule to that of their school day so that children are most available to learn. Make sure your child’s remote schedule includes plenty of breaks. Also, it’s important to allow for some flexibility, as distance learning can be mentally and emotionally taxing for many kids.
Create a dedicated learning space
Another way to help your child adjust to distance learning is by creating a dedicated learning space in your home. Choose any spot where your child will feel comfortable working and won't be distracted by noises or other activities. This space should be reserved only for learning to ensure that your child associates this location with academics and concentration. Your home’s work space should be a quiet space that is free of distractions (like toys).
It can be difficult for children to focus on school work from home due to all of the potential distractions. One way to help your child overcome this challenge with distance learning is by limiting any distractions in and around the learning space as much as possible. This includes turning off the television, and keeping toys and games out of the area. It’s also important that you set up some ground rules beforehand so children know what is expected of them during learning times.
Encourage your child to take breaks
While it is important to limit distractions when attending school from home, it is also essential to let children take breaks periodically. They need time to relax and reset to be most productive and focused. Breaks also help to prevent burnout.
It’s recommended to allow children to take a break every 30-60 minutes, during which time they should be encouraged to get up and move around. Give them a snack if they're hungry as well. This will help them stay alert and focused during their distance learning sessions.
Stay connected with teachers
One of the biggest challenges with remote learning that many children face is feeling disconnected from their classmates and teachers. To help prevent this, it’s essential that you and your child stay in contact with the teachers consistently through email, online chats, or even phone if needed. It is also a good idea for children to reach out to their classmates and friends so they can stay connected socially.
Have a positive attitude
It is essential to keep a positive attitude when it comes to distance learning with your child. This can go a long way in helping children stay motivated and engaged throughout the process. Talk to them about the advantages of distance learning, and how it can benefit them in the long run. Help them to see the positives and encourage them to remain optimistic despite challenges they may face.
Finally, one of the most important things you can do when helping your child adjust to distance learning is to be patient. It takes time for children to adjust to change. If they seem discouraged or frustrated, try not to avoid getting angry. Instead, encourage children and recognize their effort.
Just like traditional learning, distance learning also comes with its own set of challenges. By following these tips, you can help your child adjust to distance learning and achieve academic success in a remote setting.
At Mrs. Myers's Learning Lab, our virtual classes offer the same play-based, multi-sensory approach as our in-person programs! To ensure continued student engagement, all children receive their own keepsake box, shipped directly to their home with materials that will prepare them for virtual participation!