COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. The way we work, interact with other people, celebrate birthdays and weddings. The way we welcome a new baby to the world and now the way we educate our children. Everyone is getting used to this virtual space. Just as our managers are patient with us, we must be patient with our children on their virtual school journey. Here are some best practices that can keep them focus during virtual learning.
Distraction- When working from home the least little thing can be a distraction for an adult, let alone a child trying to do school at home. Try to eliminate any distractions that will take your children away from their schoolwork. Distractions could be the TV, toys, cell phones, and social media to name a few. Here are a couple of ways to eliminate distractions and ensure a productive school day:
School workspace- Having a school workspace can be helpful for your children. Designate a special place for your child to complete their schoolwork and let them decorate it. This is an encouraging way to get them excited about doing school at home.
Schedule- Setting a schedule for your child’s work, is extremely important. There are a few key ways that you can create a dependable pattern:
- Schedule out each day for the full school week.
- Make sure to schedule breaks when completing schedule.
- Include due dates for class work and homework assignments so that your child will stay ahead of their work.
- Get your child up, get dressed for school, and have breakfast ready.
- Have a clear vision of what you expect out of your child each day.
Virtual learning Is still school - Now more than ever you must stress to your children how important it is for them to take their education serious. Although they are at home the schoolwork that they are doing is very important and will move them to the next level.
Self-care -These are some trying times. It is very important that you take time for yourself and time for your children. Go to the park, even spending time outside in the backyard can help a child tremendously. There will be times where they need to step away from the computer and just be kids. Parents you should also take time for yourself whether that be reading a book, going for a stroll, or just enjoying a movie, self-care is important.
The State Board of education has put out some virtual expectations for educators and answers to parents’ questions. The links provided blow are some outstanding resources that can help you through the issues you may be facing when it comes down to virtual learning.