As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across the nation, many students find themselves back in their regular classrooms, attending school in person as they did every day prior to March 2020. Some schools, however, remain online or give students the option to attend class remotely, as the pandemic allowed us to stretch our limits of what we could imagine being possible and many have found remote working and learning to have many benefits. While remote learning might be the right option for your child, there is no denying that attending school virtually has its downsides. Now that we are no longer in the throws of harsh COVID-19 restrictions, some students might feel isolated from their friends who have returned to in-person schooling.
Here are some ways you can help support your child during remote schooling.
Have a Special Space Dedicated to Learning
Permanently designate a specific room or area of your home for schooling. Just like you might have your own home office to help you keep a strong work-life balance, your child needs the same. Whether you’re working from home as a physician for ThriveMD or a student learning remotely, having your own space to work that is separate from the rest of the house is important. Putting together a special space for time spent in the classroom and discouraging your child from using the space for other purposes is the key to keeping them focused during virtual schooling while keeping the stress of the classroom outside of their other responsibilities at home.
Designate Special Activities for Breaks
Studies show that students who are learning remotely perform best when work is done in 30-minute increments, encouraging frequent short breaks between lessons or assignments. When students take a break, they often turn to the TV or a computer for entertainment, which can draw them in and make it difficult for them to return to the classroom and stay focused when their beak is over. If this describes your child, try to think of a few special activities that they can do on breaks. This can include an art project like coloring or sculpting with play, outside time for them to play with toys or take a walk, or independent reading time with a book of their choice.
Schedule Play Dates and Outings
Remote learning can be isolating, especially for younger children who might not understand why they are not able to see their friends every day as they used to a school. Try to schedule a safe play date or activity for your child and a few of their friends after school at least once a week, to give them a much-needed break and to nurture their social and emotional needs which might be lacking as a result of remote learning.
The addition of working remotely to our lives might be one of the only positive effects of the last 2 years. Remote learning can be a great option for students who have challenges in traditional classroom settings but can come with its own setbacks. Use these simple tips to support your child both in and out of the virtual classroom.