The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we learn. Online learning, originally viewed as a backup option for people who could not physically attend, is now our primary mode of education. By now, many educational institutions have also adapted to improve the quality of online learning to bridge the physical gap. But how can parents support their child’s online learning?
Make and follow a routine
Routine is a powerful training tool, even if you are training your child to focus during online learning. Children love and thrive on routines, and establishing a consistent online learning routine early on can save you a lot of future headaches. Some things to consider are:
- At what times is my child the most productive/energetic?
- How is my child’s attention span? How many breaks do I need to plan in?
- How much motivation does my child need to get started?
Having an online learning session inside your child’s playroom is probably not a good idea. So you should eliminate distractions by creating a learning space for your child. It does not have to be a separate room, even the kitchen counter cleared out can be used as a learning station. The important part is it should be free of distractions, whether it be toys, electronics, siblings, or even your family dog, this will help your child focus.
Use technology to help
Browse through your computer’s “accessibility features” and you might find the read aloud function useful for listening to storybooks. If your child is watching a youtube video for class, you can try adjusting the playback speed to 0.5x or 0.75x to make sure they understand.
Be proactive in your child’s learning
Consistently communicating with your child’s teachers is a great way to be involved in your child’s learning. A detailed understanding of what your child is learning can help pinpoint potential struggles and support your child.