Well, it’s that time of year again and last spring has repeated itself.That’s right parents, time to pull out the devices, set up the kitchen table, and get ready for virtual learning! Fun right!?Wrong! But it can be. That is with a few tips to make
the best of virtual learning. Well, 4 tips to be exact, but who’s counting? In my opinion, these 4 ways to make the best of virtual learning are some of the best ones to start the kids off right for the virtual school year. So, let’s get to them, shall we?
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1. Get and stay organized
Getting organized looks different to everyone, so make it easy for you and keep it simple. You can start by getting a small bin from the dollar tree and labeling it school supplies. Inside it put all the items that your child would need for the day. So that when it is time for a class, they can pull out that small bin next to them and get to work.
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Next, I would suggest setting up a designated area for the child. This helps with structure. It gives children that in the classroom feel by having an assigned seat. They know where to go and that it’s time for school.
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2. Get a good night’s rest
Getting a good night’s rest is so beneficial for kids. Studies have shown that a good night’s rest (regularly) can improve their behavior, memory, attention, and learning.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that based on the child’s age they get this amount of rest per night.
- Infants under 1 year: 12-16 hours
- Children 1-2 years old: 11-14 hours
- Children 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours
- Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours
- Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours
So, some tips to improve your child’s sleep include simply setting a consistent sleep routine. Put the kids to bed and get them up in the morning at or around the same time.
Take the devices away from them at least an hour before bedtime. Try giving your child a warm bath and a snack at least an hour before bedtime. You could read them their favorite bedtime story to help relax them. Last, make sure the lighting in the room is just right to help them get comfortable and drift off to sleep.
3. utilize the teachers
Please utilize the teachers. That is why they are there! I’ve heard so many parents say they couldn’t do this or that but did not seek help. Don’t get me wrong, yes teachers are supposed to check in with the parents a certain amount of times per week depending on that school.
BUT! Issues happen unexpectedly and teachers can’t help with a problem they do not know exist.
Parents get your child’s teacher contact information. With virtual learning platforms, I can say I am almost sure there is a chat option set up to get an instant response if problems occur.
So, if your child needs tutoring, tech support, etc. please reach out so they can help you.
4. make learning fun!
Yeah, virtual learning is not the norm for many, but we must make the best of what we got. Schools in session and we’re going one way or another.
So have some fun! When your child does something good in class give them positive feedback immediately. A simple hand clap or words can go a long way with students.
You can give out stickers by making a chart for the week. If the child does good in school, you can put a sticker on that day. At the end of the week, if they get five stickers, they get a reward of your choice.
Or, give them a sticker and let them decide where they want to put it. After all, they earned it.
Lastly, movement breaks make learning fun. Give the child movement videos to do during break times in school. YouTube has a few that my students love. If you are interested to know what those videos are let me know.
So there you have it, my 4 ways to make the best of virtual learning. If you are looking for ways to increase your child’s focus check out 5 easy ways to increase focus in a virtual class. Hopefully, this was helpful, please comment below and share your thoughts.
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Erika is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant working in an elementary school setting. She wanted to create a blog and podcast that shows all sides of school-based learning. Her #1 focus is on providing parents of children with learning disabilities with relevant information in hopes of making each day a little more functional. So if you are interested in more content like this, please sign up below.