Preparing Your Little Ones for Virtual Learning

17/11/2020

The current academic season has been unlike any other we have seen the recent past and it appears that the upcoming year will be no different. All over the world, we have seen millions of schools coming up with alternative learning strategies for their students. Even though the impact of coronavirus appears to be diminishing slowly, in-school learning is not likely to start anytime soon.

In this situation, virtual learning is one of the best available alternatives, particularly for the young kids. Of course, as parents, not many of us are willing to take the risk of sending our kids to school before the pandemic is a thing of the past.  However, making the most out of virtual classes can be difficult for young kids and the parents must take the onus of preparing them for virtual classes.

Mentioned below are few things parents can do to make virtual learning easier for their kids.

  • First of all, create a dedicated learning space for your child. This learning space must be void of distractions and clutter so that he or she can remain focused. Also, make sure that your kid has paper, eraser, pencils, pens, and other essential materials handy. To emulate a real classroom, encourage your child to add educational decorations and fun posters in the background.
  • The next job for you is to obtain all necessary equipment for your kid to participate in virtual classes. There is no denying the fact that we want to limit screen time for them. However, in the present scenario, technology is critical to ensuring a smooth learning experience. The first thing you would have to arrange is a tablet or computer, high-speed internet connection, and  video software.  Once this is done, look for a pair of headphones that are comfortable to wear and capable of reducing the impact of your household’s excess noise. Now, ensure that the screen of the computer or tablet is at eye level. Finally, have a supporting, yet comfortable chair for your child.
  • The next important job for you is to create and maintain a consistent schedule. Adhering to the normal schedule while attending schools physically is probably a great idea. Numerous modern-day academic experts feel that routines have a significant positive influence on children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This can also help ensure higher rates of engagement and reduce behavioural problems.  Finally, when the time comes to return to schools physically, this schedule will make the transition easier.
  • When it comes to safe use of the internet, virtual learning certainly poses unique challenges. Therefore, it is important for parents to monitor the activity of their children while they are engaged in learning online. It is a great idea to walk them through different features of the platform they are using, such as turning video and audio on and off, entering and exiting the virtual classroom, etc.
  • Don’t forget to incorporate breaks, just like your kid would have had while attending school. Try to incorporate some form of physical activity for these breaks, such as skipping ropes, hula hoops, or something similar. Physical activity is highly recommended because it helps improve thinking, attention skills, problem solving, focus, and overall academic performance.

There is no denying the fact that just like our kids; virtual learning is also new to many parents as well as teachers. This is why a collaborative approach is required to make it a success. If you are stuck somewhere and need to find out more, please contact us at Willow Bee Early Learning Centre.