Although many of us did not think that COVID-19 would last as long as it has, it has been a big adjustment for children that are in school. From classroom to home, it is something that will continue to take time to get used to. Here are some ways to prepare for your child’s virtual learning this upcoming school year.
1. Create a Schedule
With everyone in the house at the same time, it can get chaotic trying to figure out what is going on. Once you find out your child’s schedule, coordinate with other house members what their schedules are and establish the best action plan. In addition, find times for breaks, physical activity and socializing to prevent your child from becoming overwhelmed and anxious.
2. Set-Up a Productive Environment to Promote Learning
Where is your child’s work station going to be set up? Preferably it is best if your child is in a quiet place away from everything else. It already can be a challenge to get your child to concentrate, but it makes it even more difficult if there are other distractions in the house.
3. Schedule Time With Other Kids
Social interaction is important for all humans and it is especially important for the growth of your child. The most common way children build their social skills is through school and by going to school virtually, it takes away from their social time. Try to set up a virtual or socially distanced playdate with other children from class.
4. Mentally Prepare Your Child for the Change
Going to the classroom and sitting on a computer video chatting is a completely different experience. Although your child may be used to this structure now, it is always good to encourage them through this process. It is challenging to learn this way, but try to make the best of the situation.
5. Gain Insight on Class Structure
If classes will be held virtually, how will it be run? Take the time to reach out to the teachers and learn more about their plan for the school year. It will make it easier for you to plan, but it will also put your mind at ease.
6. Be a Role Model
While your child stays home, encourage them to stick to a routine by taking breaks, exercising, being diligent with completing their homework, and getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Additionally, keep them connected with their classmates and the other household members.
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