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Guide to Remote Learning for Parents

Setting your child up for success with this new classroom environment is crucial to your child’s wellbeing, both academically and mentally.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many classrooms throughout the U.S. are moving to remote learning or in addition to the typical classroom learning. Remote learning, also known as distance learning, allows students to continue their education online from any location with internet access. 

While remote learning quickly became the “norm” for millions of households, many parents struggle with the responsibility of helping their children stay motivated and succeed in a distant learning environment.

Setting your child up for success with this new classroom environment is crucial to your child’s wellbeing, both academically and mentally. As a parent with a remote learner, consider these tips.

Create a Schedule and Routine

Perhaps one of the most significant differences between remote learning and the traditional classroom is the lack of school routine. While in school, children follow the same routine daily, which enriches their ability to perform academically. Creating a routine for your child is one of the most crucial steps in setting your child up for success.

ACS International Schools recommends that you group your day into predictable segments to see the most success out of your schedule. Treat a remote learning day just like you would any other school day. 

For example, start your day by waking your child up and getting them dressed and ready for the school day. Schools usually have different periods for different classes with a short break in between classes. Try to stick to this schedule as much as possible. Give your child a healthy, balanced lunch during the allotted time period every day, then have them return to their workspace to finish out the school day. 

Don’t Forget To Take Breaks

Keep in mind that the schedule and curriculum of remote learning might not mirror what happens in the traditional classroom. So even though it’s important to keep your child working in their designated space as much as possible, let them move around if they need to or even go outside for playtime.

Remember, resting and playing are just as important for development and can actually help your child focus better. 

Establish an Environment that Encourages Learning

Since technology is an essential part of remote learning, your child must have everything they need to perform well. However, many school districts provide materials to families who may not have the tools required for remote learning, so always reach out to your child’s school first.

A major issue with remote learning is the lack of the physical presence of interacting in the classroom. Adapting to learning in a home environment compared to a classroom environment can be a challenge for many children, especially younger children. Creating a workspace that is synonymous with a classroom environment could provide your child with the right tools for learning and the desire to learn.

Make It Fun and Get Creative 

Many children have personalized backpacks, cubbies, lockers, desks, and other supplies in a traditional in-person classroom. With remote learning, that sense of individuality is often missing. 

You can help your child create a personalized area that will be conducive to learning. For example, encourage them to personalize their notebooks, pens and pencils, laptops, or water bottles.  Doing this will also help to increase your child’s confidence, which will encourage their academic growth. 

Minimize Distractions

It is also crucial to provide an environment that is free of distractions. Avoid setting their school station up near any TVs or gaming systems. Restricting their cell phone time and usage during school hours and setting up parental restrictions on their school computers to avoid non-academic related Internet usage are all ways to reduce distractions. 

Check on Your Child’s Progress and Communicate

Some children thrive in a remote learning setting while it takes others a little longer to adjust. Missing friends, teachers, and the in-person engagement can be a challenge so it’s always a good idea to “check in” with your child and their teachers.

Checking on your child’s grades and process is important, but it’s also just as important to communicate effectively with your child to check on his or her mental health during this time. If your child begins to feel “burnt out” on schoolwork, it can be detrimental to their progress.

Have regular discussions with your child about how they’re feeling during remote learning. If you have concerns, set up a meeting with your child’s teacher. Just like you would if your child was attending in-person classes, staying engaged and communication is essential.

Consider Rewards or Incentives For Progress

As your child progresses in remote learning, consider rewarding them with small gifts or surprises, taking them to do their favorite activities, or letting them have extra screen time or playtime in the evenings. These are just a few ideas to encourage them and offer incentives to continue the hard work.

Final Thoughts on Remote Learning Tips

Remote learning is a unique opportunity to engage with your child and have a more hands-on experience in their learning. While it poses a variety of challenges, there are many ways to make it a little easier for both you and your child.

Keep in mind that it might take awhile to find a balance and some ideas might not work as well as others. Don’t forget to reach your child’s teachers if you have any concerns or need extra assistance with remote learning. 

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