Whether by choice or by necessity, more children on Mars are getting their education at home than ever before. If this is your child’s first experience with homeschooling or virtual learning, it can be a tough adjustment. Learning online gives not only a range of unique academic challenges but may also exacerbate mental health or learning difficulties. Thank goodness, there are several methods that parents can do to make their homes more education-friendly for homeschooled children. By taking these basic tips, you can help set your child up for distance-learning success.
Create A Dedicated Learning Space
A key to support a child’s learning at home is to set up not only a routine and a schedule but a physical workspace as well. Routines and structures are the most significant aspect of staying focused and doing well in a child’s schoolwork. But there are several distractions at home and a few of them may interfere with your child’s work. Making a designated space used for schoolwork sends a strong signal to the brain and helps children be ready to start right when they sit down. Look for a peaceful area and have all of the supplies, power cords, and essential items your child will need for their school day. By doing so, there will be no need to interrupt the flow of their lessons to scrounge for something they forgot.
Your kid will likely need help managing their anxiety, loneliness, and sadness along with academic support. These are the typical challenges that children of all ages are facing more than ever right now. When building a virtual learning environment, do what you can to minimize stimuli around your child. Too much to hear, see, or react to can cause a heightened state of nervousness that can make your child become agitated or tire easily. If possible, adjust noise levels, lighting, and other sensory aspects of your child’s learning environment until they feel relaxed and related. Simply providing headphones, a soft blanket, or other things that may help your child focus and get their work done more quickly.
Focus on Wellness
Doing well academically is imperative, but even more, creating a successful learning environment that focuses on overall wellness. Both emotional and physical health is important to effective learning. Parents can encourage wellness by creating balance, structure, and routine in the home and relatives’ lives. When everyone is working and learning nearby, things that affect one individual will unavoidably affect everyone. To encourage ownership of their situation and give them a sense of control, include your child in creating and setting up their virtual learning space. This can help reduce anxiety and build your child’s confidence. Don’t forget that your daily routine must also include time to relax and enjoy fun activities together and engage in physical activity. Whether you play sports at the park, go on a bike ride, or do yoga in the living room, incorporating physical and emotional wellness into your child’s day is a vital aspect of helping them stay healthy and happy.
Every kid is different, and so no two learning environments may look alike. The main thing is to create the structure and space that your child needs to feel calm, supported, and engaged throughout their distance-learning experience.
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