Online Learning Tips — Transcription
Hi, everyone! I’m back with you our next, Talk It Out Tuesday and I did receive a question from someone -so I’m going to go ahead and answer it. So the question is “my child will be online learning in the fall, last spring did not go well and we found it very hard to keep their focus. How can we help with that?” So I have a couple of suggestions for this. As we know, school in the fall is very up in the air. Most places are doing online learning, which is going to be difficult because I know in the spring it was difficult for a lot of parents and children. So now hopefully that we have kind of a heads up and we know what that looked like last spring. Hopefully the fall will be better. So the first recommendation I have is to set a schedule and keep this as close to possible to their school schedule that you would typically do.
So I’m talking, you know, breakfast in the morning, the same way that they would, if they were going into the classroom, getting ready, brushing their teeth, showering, whatever that might be – have that morning routine, very similar, and then have a start time for when they start doing schoolwork, just like they would at school and make sure you’re setting the schedule realistically. So I would highly suggest having breaks scheduled in that so the kid knows when they’re getting a break. If you think about it, kids have a lot of breaks in between classes in between subjects. They’ll have small breaks here and there. So if they’re used to that, and then you’re trying to get them to do learning for four hours straight with no breaks, it’s going to be really difficult. So make sure you add in breaks even more as they’re at home.
Cause it’s probably going to be more difficult. So add in all those breaks to that schedule and come up with it together, have it, you know, and a poster board, you could decorate it, have it ready to go so they can see exactly what their days are going to look like Monday through Friday or whenever they’re going to be doing online learning. So that’s the first suggestion create that schedule as close to possible as it normally would be just being at home. The second thing I would say is have realistic expectations for your child’s age, for how much work they should be doing -you can search this online. There’s a lot of really great resources on how old your child is and how much work they should be doing in terms of online learning. You don’t want your four year old doing four hours of work a day because it’s just not going to happen.
You’re going to get frustrated. They’re going to get burnt out and it’s not going to be good. So make sure you check those resources to see what that looks like for your child’s age. And then the next one I would say is trying to separate home and school as much as possible. Just like I would tell an adult right now, when they’re working from home to have a separate workstation where it’s not something that is like your living space. So not working on the couch by the TV or in their bedroom, try to find a space that they can designate for their schoolwork and then make sure when they’re done with schoolwork and they’re done with their homework, they’re done for the night, let them do something that they want to do, reward them with something that they’re excited about – video games, TV, whatever that might be. But make sure that that it’s separate and you can kind of say, okay, school’s done for today. And now we go into our normal nighttime routine. So those are just a few tips I have for you. And just a reminder, if you have any questions, feel free to message me on my Instagram or my Facebook. And I will answer your questions on our Talk It Out Tuesday.
All right. Have a good one!