Amidst the mess of a life that we have, the pandemic created more of a mess. Things that were once in sync now require special allocation of attention – things as simple as learning.
With the pandemic coming into play, the physical presence in schools became more of history. Instead, people shifted their work and learning spaces online. Although this change is difficult to deal with even for adults, it was and is truly challenging for kids. For that very reason, you, as a parent, ought to help your child cope with the drastic changes. And ensure that their learning experience retains its rhythm.
On the same note, here are some tips to help you and your child cope with the change.
Let’s be honest. The boundary that separates home and work when operating remotely is quite a thin one. It often tends to blur. Naturally, kids of young and tender age are unable to maintain their focus. You may find them playing about, skipping lectures, and maybe completing the dues assignments in their playtime. And this haphazard may have them running behind their schedule.
To fix that, we recommend setting up a schedule with mutual consent. If you have a preschooler or a minor. You may want them to complete their learning activities with the ongoing lectures in the early hours. That’s because it’s during this time that they are most mentally active. Similarly, a high-schooler and or a middle-schooler will learn best during evening time or late afternoon.
Similar to a schedule, setting up a learning space is just as important. The environment has a significant impact on your child’s capability to focus and absorb knowledge. In case the surroundings are disturbing, they may not achieve the best of their potential. Hence, you will need to allocate in the area for their learning activities.
A good learning space also means that you’ve to set up a place with all required things in place. Be it Wi-Fi, stationery goods, printers, proper study tables, etc. Using and incorporating additional learning tools such as a magnetic whiteboard could prove to be a handy tool. They assist with tapping notes side by side.
Apart from physical measures, you may need to arrange the required apps, such as Microsoft Teams, Word, or create accounts on required websites, such as Edmodo, etc.
One of the major struggles faced by students in the current times is keeping up with notifications. Although it is quite irresponsible on the institute’s end, as well as overwhelming students with reminders every other minute, children are unable to get back to things timely. The abundance of pending stuff seems to be overwhelming them, affecting their grades and overall performance.
In this regard, you need to step up and help your child with keeping up the pace. Encourage them to abide by the schedule. And set up a notification alert. To keep them from overstressing, allocate a time slot in their schedule for catering to the notifications. Do not let them invest the whole of their day in their school stuff.
Another major drawback of online learning is the major cut down on physical activity. Children are not longer walking down the hallways, taking the stairs to their classrooms, or participating in sports activities. Instead, they are glued to their screens, spending their day indoors in one place only.
To keep them healthy physically and mentally, encourage your child to abide by a proper exercise routine. It will be better scheduled in the early hours or the evening. According to science, it is a proven fact that physical activity increases heart rate. Thus, increasing the supply of oxygen to the body. Thus, it enhances the overall organ functionality. With more blood pumped to the brain, it is likely to perform better than the current scenario. Other than that, you can encourage your child to go out for walks now and then.
If you feel the online lectures are not sufficient for your child to grasp the concepts, then encourage your child to explore a bit more.
Make reference books available for them. Be it online or in physical form. If that isn’t possible, then you could perhaps go with online educational tutorials.
In case your child needs individual and specific attention, it’s best to get down to the business yourself. Determine if you can teach the subject yourself or should call an acquaintance for the job. Perhaps, you can hire a subject-specific tutor. Although this may sound unfair, considering you’re paying to the school as well, you ought to know it is one of the major needs of the time.
Summing up, helping your child with online learning extends to all domains of life and at all times. You may find yourself working on helping your kid develop newer approaches, such as relating textual concepts with everyday life. You may find yourself and your kid experimenting with these approaches to make the most. Just don’t hesitate!
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