With most schools closed, what initially seemed like the world's longest day off has since evolved into an uncharted area of stress. Luckily, if you're having difficulty keeping your kids on task and engaged with their work, there are some strategies that can help make virtual schooling easier for them. We talked to teachers about what they suggest for parents wondering how to help their kids with online learning, and their advice will make it seem as though your kids never left the classroom.
Establish a Schedule
Creating a schedule can help kids stay on track. Kids like a routine even if you aren't a routine person, schedules are especially great if you want your child to work more independently. Plus, this takes some of the stress off of you by setting a specific structure for your kids to follow.
Let Your Child Explore
Although it can be tempting to step in whenever your child has a question, sometimes it's better to give young students a moment to work the problem out themselves. Kids learn best by exploring, it might take them a bit longer, but chances are they will figure it out without direct parental interference. The other great thing about encouraging your kids to try things themselves is establishing that you're not going to do everything for them. If they're still having difficulty with the material after a few honest tries, that's when you can get more involved.
Be Real About Managing Stress
In these chaotic times, parents and kids alike are dealing with a lot of stress, but emphasizing that your child is not alone can help them feel better about any obstacles they may encounter during online schooling. In fact, it could even be a good mantra to repeat to yourself when you start to feel overwhelmed. After all, sometimes the best thing you can do for your child is to just take a deep breath yourself.
Try to Keep Up With the Texts and Emails
Should you ever feel completely lost about what your child is supposed to be doing, double checking the texts and emails sent from school faculty. It can be a pain, but for quick clarification and information about assignments, this kind of communication can be useful.