The Coronavirus outbreak has caused children and young adults across the United States to adjust to remote learning. This is an excellent way to help reduce the virus, but it has been a hardship on parents as they step into a homeschooling role while balancing work and taking on the responsibilities of a teacher.
Now the new school year has started and many of the school districts have gone in person and some are combining a mix of in-person and remote learning. This is definitely a challenge, but you are definitely not alone. Parents, teachers, and students are also facing the same challenges.
It’s important to keep an open mind and a positive attitude which will spill over to your student. We have put together some tips to help your students learn remotely and uplift the parents as educators.
Let’s Set Up Your Home Learning Space
- Construct a Designated Learning Space with the technology your child can connect from. Wherever you decide to set up the learning space – dining room table, the desk in their bedroom, or living room, make sure it is clutter-free and your child knows it is their “learning space” so they can have a sense of ownership of this space. Space should be free from distractions where you can check in on them intermittently as you maintain the role of parent and teacher.
- Set-up your technology. Make sure your Wi-Fi in your child’s learning space is connecting sufficiently and supports all their connected devices. If you don’t have Wi-Fi talk to your school district for a solution. If they will be using video tools like Zoom, make sure your student feels confident using these tools.
- Since your child will be online, make sure they are safe. Safeguard all passwords, enable all privacy settings, and review any apps before they are downloaded.
Create a Schedule
- Weekday Routine. Your child (student) will need structure during the day to help them concentrate and work independently. Bear in mind, a day of remote learning will not follow a typical on-campus school day, but consistency will help your child succeed.
- Set Break Times. Schedule time for snacks, lunch, exercise, and fresh air. This will help your child be empowered and revitalized throughout the school day.
- Make Time for the Arts. Encourage and inspire your child to paint, learn an instrument, dance, or just listen to music.
Encourage interactions with family and friends and try to optimize those connections. Try socially distanced play dates at outside locations. This type of interaction, even for parents, is extremely important.
As a Parent, Find Your Balance.
- Work Within your Schedule. If you are juggling work and teaching responsibilities, you may not be available when your child requests your assistance. Encourage them to check in with their teacher when possible and you will make yourself available when time permits.
- Be Realistic. Parents do not have to be perfect. If you are feeling overwhelmed just do your best and schedule your time accordingly.
- Check-in with other parents. When navigating this new realm of remote learning, you are not alone. Discuss your experiences with other parents and maybe you can navigate this route together.
Cost of Remote Learning. A successful remote-learning location does not have to break the bank.
- Research the cost of your supplies and equipment. It is possible to save money on your in-home classroom equipment by purchasing secondhand furniture or borrowing from family and friends. If you are in need of appropriate electronics, contact your child’s school and inquire about available computers or mobile Wi-Fi.
- Check out What’s Free. Nonprofits are a great resource for supplemental learning options including free instructional videos, interactive resources, and virtual tools.