As schools are faced with the challenge of providing online learning opportunities for all students, parents are called on to be more involved than ever before, especially for younger learners. At Educate Midland, we want parents to understand that this isn’t a normal time, and it’s okay to feel anxious about the uncertainty and disruptions to your usual schedule. However, our educators have been working hard to adapt classes to online learning, and Educate Midland is here to support and guide you while providing the most up to date resources we can. Below, we’ve put together 5 useful study tips to help you and your child adapt to remote learning this fall.
Plan a Daily Routine
Although schools have gone to an online learning format, it’s imperative that you treat school days just as you would if your child was attending school as usual. Having a consistent schedule lets your child know what is coming, how long each activity will last, and what is next. Schedules also provide structure, safety, and a sense of familiarity, which can decrease your child’s stress and give a sense of comfort.
Here are some helpful ideas to help you create a daily schedule:
- Wake up, get dressed, and have a healthy breakfast at the normal time.
- List the times for learning, exercise, and breaks.
- Schedule times for nutritious lunches and snacks – MISD provides take-home school meal packages for students who need them.
- Playtime and nap time may be required for younger children.
- Have dinner together and discuss your accomplishments for the day.
- Enjoy family time in the evenings like playing, reading, or watching movies.
- Stick to regular bedtime routines as much as possible during the week.
Create A Learning Space for Your Child
We all understand the value of an engaging and educational space in the classroom, but do you know how important it is to make that same learning space from home? Creating a dedicated learning space for your children has a significant impact on their productivity, concentration, and much more.
While not everyone has access to a quiet place to study, it’s important to eliminate distractions as much as possible. Children need to feel physically and psychologically safe and comfortable. Whether their study space is too hot or too cold, or if there’s not enough light or too much noise, all of these can interrupt your child’s focus on learning. For more information on creating an effective learning space, please check out our blog, “Parent Tips for Creating an Effective Learning Environment at Home.“
Online learning can present a few challenges for students, mainly due to how distracting our homelives can sometimes be. From video games to computer games to TVs and phones to toys and pets, our homes are filled with endless amusements. Parents must reduce as many interruptions as possible to help your child stay focused at home and better retain the information they’re being taught.
Consider making a list of potential distractions and then find ways to limit them during learning time. For example, is the dog a big distraction? If so, maybe consider putting the dog in a separate room when your child is doing schoolwork. Is TV or social media a big distraction? Consider limiting the use of the devices until schoolwork is done. Maintaining a healthy school-life balance is important so that their responsibilities aren’t neglected.
Give Positive Feedback
Positive feedback is an integral part of learning for children; it helps build their confidence and improve their self-talk. When your child is being praised, it also makes them more aware of what they’re doing well and more eager to continue trying. A great way to help maintain your child’s motivation during distanced learning is by creating reward systems.
Some rewards that work well for younger children include praising them, putting stickers on finished work assignments, giving them a sweet treat, allowing playtime with a favorite toy, or getting an extra 15 minutes of play before bedtime. For older kids, watching a movie or getting extra screen time is also a good reward.
Reach Out to Your Child’s Teacher
Fostering good two-way communication between parents and teachers is vital for student success in a distanced learning environment. Please help keep the lines of communication open by approaching your child’s teacher with any concerns you may have. If your child has difficulty managing online learning platforms or staying up to date on tasks, be sure to reach out. Our teachers and advisors are more than willing to connect with you via email or phone after school hours. When facilitating remote learning, educators rely more on parental engagement to help deliver the best learning experience for their students.
Visit Our Resources Page
At Educate Midland, we believe that grade-level readiness and education competency is essential during this time. We have provided several resources on our website to ensure parents, students, and educators can find the educational information they are searching for. Visit our website to find resources regarding “I am my child’s first teacher,” ways to assist in early childhood development, and much more. Together, we can make a difference in our children’s education.