After the COVID-19 pandemic started, many children transitioned to distance learning. Some children are still in hybrid classes while others have stuck with full-time online school.
While learning online might seem like a better option, it actually comes with plenty of challenges for children and teens. They struggle to get the social interaction that they need and they have to learn how to use technology for education. They also have less structure.
There are a few things that you can include in your distance learning playbook to help your child succeed. Read on to learn more.
A computer (like a Chromebook) or tablet is essential for any child who’s participating in distance learning.
Most of the time, schools will provide children with tablets or computers. They want to have some level of control over what the child can do on the computer and they want to make sure that all children have computer access regardless of their household income situation.
If you have a computer at home for your child, make sure that you also have high-speed internet. This will ensure that your child will be able to participate in all of their classes without lag.
While it’s not necessary per se, it’s helpful to have headphones for your child.
Headphones serve multiple purposes. First, they stop the child from getting distracted by outside noises. With headphones, your child will be able to focus on the class.
Headphones also keep other members of the household from getting distracted. This is extra important for households with multiple children who are all in remote classes.
A planner is one of the top distance learning essentials. Children who participate in online classes don’t have the same level of structure as children who are attending school in person. A planner can help your child stay on track.
Many schools offer planners to children, but you can also buy one from any office supply store. Help them set up their planner and acclimate them to putting due dates in it.
Check their planner from time to time to help them stay organized.
Basic School Supplies
Many remote learning supplies are just standard school supplies. Your child will be taking classes on their computer, but they’re still going to need the basics.
Make sure that your child has binders, binder tabs, folders, and paper. Younger children may also need art supplies, such as crayons. It’s easy to forget that children still need these things while they’re learning online.
A Quiet Workspace
You want to create an optimal workspace for your child. If possible, set them up in a private home office. If you can’t, you may have to improvise.
The child should have a desk or table to work at. Working on the couch or in bed might seem more comfortable, but it will make it harder for the child to focus.
You want to emulate the “real school” experience as much as possible.
Add These Things to Your Distance Learning Playbook
Your distance learning playbook is already overstuffed with new information, but don’t let that stop you from adding these essentials. Succeeding in school online will be challenging for your child. Set them up for success with this brief guide.
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