Here are 10 ways to make virtual learning easier. From have dedicated work space to taking stretch breaks these ideas might help make learning at home easier.
10 ways to make virtual learning easier
- Have a dedicated learning space. Sharing a desk can be disturbing so it works best if every kid has a separate space. If this isn’t feasible, set up the kitchen table and have dinner mats as space separators.
- Use your phone as a timer. A teacher friend gave me this tip (this past week) and it has been a game changer. Instead of fighting about how long “recess” and “lunch” are — I’ve simply set my phone time to ring at the times he needs to be back in class. There is something about an audio signal which communicates “get back to class” better than my voice.
- Have healthy snacks available. It’s too easy to grab cookies from the kitchen ever hour (I know this because it happens). Offer an assortment of healthy snacks (fruit, granola bars, lots of water).
- Stretch! Recess at home isn’t like recess at school. You need to remind the kids to move their bodies. Stretch! Bend. Move.
- Bend school hours. I, personally, think kids shouldn’t be sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time. So I’m “bending” the school hours by encouraging my kids to get up and walk around every hour (call it a “bathroom break”).
- Choose your battles. Unless you want to stand behind you kid for eight hours a day to supervise what they are doing…you have to trust the teacher can guide them.
- Parental controls. If need be…block youtube, snapchat, tiktok and other apps and websites to cut down on distraction.
- Allow for some friend time. Kids need to socialize outside of school – so encourage phone calls or zoom meets once in a while.
- Ask a teacher. If you are really encountering trouble…ask the teacher for guidance. This is new to everyone so don’t feel it’s just a you problem.
- Know this isn’t forever. One day at a time.