As more people adopt the virtual workspace model for its convenience and efficiency, this is definitely impacting various fields including the field of academia. The way you learned different educational concepts won’t look anything like the way your children will learn. However, as the parent, you have the opportunity to facilitate a safe, supportive learning environment for your children as they partake in the online learning experience. Consider some of the ways you can make this process easier for your children.
Create Private Space for Learning
It doesn’t matter how big or small your home is. It’s just important to dedicate a specific space to your children’s educational process. If you’re able to transform an entire room into an office for the children, make it look like a classroom to get the full effect. If you only have an extra corner in the living room, set up a desk, a comfortable chair and drawers to store all of their necessary school supplies.
Find the Right Programs
Be sensitive to the specific needs of each child. If you have a child who struggles with math, consider an online tutoring program that helps children work through the questions they have. If you have a child who has special needs, look into enrolling them in an excellent online special education program. By providing supplemental assistance to their virtual learning experience, you can make sure they’re not feeling left behind in their studies.
Breaks are really important because they break up the monotony of sitting in front of a computer for hours. The breaks don’t have to be incredibly long either. A five-minute break to walk to the mailbox and back home can be perfect for a child to get some fresh air. A ten-minute break can be perfect for children to get a snack and some water.
Most people thrive when there’s a structure in place. In addition to making sure the children have a great online experience, make sure the offline experience prepares them. Limit screen time outside of school hours so that your children don’t become worn down by blue light and overstimulation. Create boundaries around when it’s time to do chores, play and enjoy life. With balance and boundaries, it’ll become easier for children to focus when it’s time for school.
While there are plenty of people who love the idea of sitting in front of a computer from the comfort of their home, this isn’t necessarily the case for everyone. In fact, many children love to feed off of each other’s energy and be social. Online learning can provide its fair share of challenges. Thankfully, with these tips, you can help to offset the challenges and provide positive solutions that will support your children with their ability to academically succeed.
By Meghan Belnap
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors and researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.