While schools across the country are getting back to normal after the COVID19 pandemic, it can be useful for parents to continue helping their child with online learning, especially if they are still taking part in some virtual classes or are returning to school with a blend of online and in-classroom learning. If your child is particularly vulnerable to the COVID19 virus, you may have decided to keep them out of school for longer until the vaccination program has been rolled out further and there is more protection offered to your child. Whether your child is still taking part in full-time online classes or has some aspects of learning to do online, here are some of the main things that parents can do to help their child succeed.
Provide a Dedicated Learning Environment:
If you have had to work from home as a result of the pandemic, you will know just how distracting trying to get things done at home can be. And the same is likely to be true for your child as they learn online. To minimise distractions and help your child focus, it’s a good idea to provide a dedicated learning environment. A corner of your home office with their own desk can be an ideal study area or set up a desk in their bedroom where they can learn in their own space.
Research Test Sites:
Mock tests can help your child prepare for upcoming assessments such as the CAT4, which is the most widely used test in the UK for cognitive abilities. One of the best things about online learning is that you have a lot of access to resources that you can use to help your child prepare for an upcoming test online. Check out various sites with example questions and mock tests that your child can take to determine their current abilities and figure out where they need to study most to improve their result.
Create a Routine:
Many parents tried to turn their homes into a school at the beginning of the pandemic, complete with a daily schedule. But this didn’t last for very long in many homes. Instead of trying to create a school-like schedule for your child when they are learning online, consider creating a routine for learning that they can get into. Creating these habits but being flexible with them whenever it is needed will minimise stress for everybody involved and help your child get into good learning habits throughout each day.
Take Regular Breaks:
Without the set breaks of the school classroom, your child might end up working for longer than they usually would. It’s helpful for parents to remember the importance of taking regular breaks throughout the day for their child, and these must be included in the routine. Even a short five to ten-minute break each thirty minutes to an hour for your child to get a drink and a healthy snack and get up out of their chair to stretch their legs can help them return more focused. Kids tend to work better in small increments, so short regular breaks are important.
Some schools are running online classes where kids are in contact with their teachers regularly, while others are simply setting work to be completed at home. Bear in mind that maintaining an open line of communication with your child’s teachers will make it easier for your child to learn online at home, especially if they are doing a blended online and classroom learning schedule. Working together with teachers means that you can access help when you need it and makes it easier to monitor your child’s progress.
Is your child currently learning online? What tips would you share with other parents so far? Let us know!