The last year has brought around many changes for our children. They have had to spend a great deal of time indoors away from their friends and as a result, have missed out on a lot of their favourite hobbies and pastimes. However, school closures mean that they have also been spending a lot of time learning behind a screen.
Thankfully, there are many benefits to online learning. It means that students have still been able to connect with their teachers and aren’t spending too much time shut off from the world. However, it goes without saying that it can be incredibly difficult to manage, too.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to support your child through online learning.
Help them develop a routine
Sometimes, your child may only have one online class a day and will then be expected to work through some tasks independently. Therefore, you must find ways to ensure that they don’t stop learning when they close their laptop. You can do this by sticking to a routine, just as they would if they were at school. Ensure they wake up early, take enough breaks, and work for an appropriate amount of time each day.
Ensure they have all of the technology they need
Technology is an essential component of online learning, but it can be hard to make sure that your kids have everything they need on hand. If you are worried, speak to your child’s school to see if they can provide you with any additional materials and make sure they make the most of what is available to them. For example, they could begin using the technology offered by LanSchool, which allows students and teachers to connect one-on-one while allowing the teacher to manage student laptops in the classroom or online.
Give them a break
You must let your child know that it's okay to take a break from work when they are feeling tired or overwhelmed. While this does not mean that they can turn off their camera during a particularly dull maths lesson, it’s okay to take a fifteen-minute break at the end of class to decompress. Let them know that you are always there to support them if they need it.
Help out after class
Although your child may not be given much homework at the minute, they may still need your help to complete their school work – so set aside some time each day to answer any questions they might have. Whether this means you help them with maths or science – help put their worries to bed by supporting them. If you don’t know the answer or need to brush up your knowledge – be honest with them and then take the time to work through the problem together. Right now, it will be relatively easy for your child to feel as though they are falling behind at school, but this simply isn’t the case. Let them know that they are doing their best and that this is enough.