Homeschooling through online classes can help you gain more insights as to how your child would participate in their class. Virtual classrooms are new to both students and teachers – the latter lot has been facing their struggles. But do not live your child alone to figure out their way around the computer, or waste time on other distractions online. Here is how you can be more active during your child’s online learning, without being too intrusive:
1. Build a Schedule
Inevitably, your children might get off track if they are spending more time indoors. Thus, work and play should be ingeniously divided and balanced. While paying attention during virtual classes is your child’s responsibility – you are responsible for keeping their routine in check. This will certainly keep your child motivated to consistently take classes with the promise of playtime as a reward. Do not let your child go astray by waking up, eating, sleeping and taking classes at their convenience – this would not only ruin their circadian rhythm but will also make it harder to get up early when classes resume. Try to establish a similar routine as they had before.
2. Make a Separate Study Space
For your child to study more effectively, set up a study space that will help them concentrate without any distractions. Make sure that they are being supervised during online lessons and are not playing games on other tabs. Sit with them if they are having any trouble navigating through the laptop. And make sure that their attendance is consistent. A little helicopter parenting does not harm anyone!
3. Help out Your Child with Daily Homework
Teachers are making sure that children get a normal amount of workload for practice as home as well. Thankfully, since you will be saving on the commuting time as well as the extra activities as school, you can help your child become more productive by completing their assignments within the deadlines. Help them with homework, but allow them to assess themselves in online class quizzes and tests.
4. Make Playtime a Must
Especially for younger children – undoubtedly parents must be worried about the creative learning that your child must be missing out on during his/her formative years. That is why you must select a couple of hours during the day, for your child, to indulge in fun activities with you or their siblings. Playtime can also be used as a reward to drive your child to make the most of the hours in which he/she is studying.
5. Allow Your Child to Take Breaks
You must make your child’s routine similar to the one at school. This includes lunch breaks, preparing snacks at home and allowing your child to take a stretch from time to time. Your child should make the most out of the hours allotted for studying instead of laboring the entire day, unproductively in the name of work. Motivate your child to think along with the same mindset.
6. Help Them Engage in Social Activities
One of the aspects of online learning that can affect your child the most is being cut-off from their friends. That is why you must be mindful of arranging online video calls or online games that your child can indulge in. Having a healthy social connection is equally important for your child – especially if he or she is the only one. If they have siblings, then try having a group activity involving the entire family – either during breaks or during social hours. Play board games, read stories or just keep up with how their day went. Be mindful of your child’s social needs during this time.
7. Apply Old-School Methods of Learning
Now is the opportunity to help your child indulge in the old-school method of learning. Staying at home teaches them how to read storybooks, paint, write poetry, learn an instrument, dance, knit or learn any new skill that they may be interested in. Bottom line is that the current situation calls for parents to take a more active role in their child’s learning. But on the bright side, it will also help you identify your children’s strengthens and weaknesses – thus, you can manage them better. Hopefully, children and parents will come out stronger, learned and more connected after the pandemic is over.