Millions of families have been affected by COVID19.
With the closing of many public and private schools all over the United States, thousands and thousands of children are now being homeschooled via distance learning in their own homes.
For the child that only knew face-to-face instruction from a public school, distance learning is unchartered territory for the majority. This can be an overwhelming process as families begin to walk through in uncertainty.
Prior to my children being homeschooled, they had attended public school and since then we have been doing distance learning. Our road to homeschooling was not always easy, but we through much trial and error, we have learned a lot and below are eleven of our best tips to help your child become successful at distance learning, too.
- Prepare a workspace. Pencils, paper, charging station, chair, desk, and good lighting are crucial.
- Don’t rush through your work. Email, text, or leave a message with the teacher if there is a question. Time is your best friend now with everything canceled, your child can excel by being able to focus without rushing onto the next activity.
- Take notes online. Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep, and SimpleNote are some examples of online note-taking apps.
- Limit distractions. If you have more than one child at home or younger children, distractions will happen. However, do the best that you can to limit the ones that you can control such as television, video games, telephone, texts, and such. It may be helpful to keep ‘school hours’ and enforce a quiet home during learning time. Consider digitally quarantining their phones or devices during their learning time so they are able to focus without interruptions.
- Remember it isn’t a vacation. Even though staying home from school might feel like a holiday, remind your kids that they’re not on vacation. Assignments, grades, requirements, and tests are still expected and required.
- Don’t forget to have fun. It is easy to lose the heart of a child if learning becomes a focal point in your relationship. Encourage and help equip your child to do their best, but allow plenty of grace as well. There are likely to be times of frustration or anxiety. Make sure there are plenty of times for face-to-face interaction, games, laughing, walking, and playing together.
- Treat each day as you would public school. Make your bed, get a shower, eat a healthy breakfast, and get dressed in real clothes.
- Finish one lesson before moving to the next. Do one assignment before another. Lessen multitasking.
- Studying at home isn’t easy. Reward yourself for each small success.
- Do your work in blocks to lessen the strain. After finishing one lesson, take a five-minute break before moving on.
- Use additional resources such as YouTube or Kahn Academy for extra help, and best yet, they are free
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