The new school year is different for most students adjusting to attending school from home online. For parents with children experiencing virtual school or distance learning for the first time, here are a few steps you can take to help ease the transition for a successful year.
- Set a schedule and stick to it!
Keep a calendar of daily activities to create a healthy routine. Consider using the same time each day for lunch, and set aside a time for outdoor play to imitate recess. More time can be spent on subjects your child struggles with and less time on subjects they breeze through. Recurring alarms on your phone or home assistant, like Alexa, can remind your family when it is time to take a break or move on to the next course.
- Designate a learning zone.
A lap tray in the living room or a desk in their room, students should have a specific place to sit and focus on schoolwork. If your child has trouble sitting in one place for long periods of time, multiple spaces can be utilized. A virtual school desk can be created from any uncluttered space that allows the student to sit upright. If you find your child slouching often or straining their neck on calls with their class, a stack of books on their desk can lift the monitor to a better eye level.
- Limit distractions for your child.
It’s easy to get distracted in your home, with games and the TV available. Your home is usually a place where your family can relax and do things they enjoy, but these should be set aside during home learning times. When school is in session, electronic devices beyond the laptop or tablet they are using for school should be turned off. If siblings can’t stay quiet while learning together, they can be separated by a bookshelf or work in different areas of the house.
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