The rapid and ongoing spread of Coronavirus has led to an unprecedented number of schools closing across the United States. Despite Donald Trump’s calls on twitter for schools to reopen, 48 out of 50 states have either ordered or recommended that schools be closed for the rest of the academic year, in a desperate attempt to protect students and help stop the spread of the virus.
However, just because schools have closed, students are still expected to learn. Children are being asked to learn through online assignments, video-calling and packets sent through the post. If you want to ensure your child has the most productive work environment possible, here are some tips to help create the perfect virtual learning environment in your home:
Creating a Designated Learning Space
One of the most important ways to ensure your kid is productive while learning is to create a designated learning area. This space needs to be a distraction-free, quiet, and clutter-free. This will help ensure that your child can concentrate and work productively outside of school.
Make a Schedule and Stick to It.
When your children are not following a rigid structure as they would at school, it is easy for them to fall out of the pattern of learning, and never get around to schoolwork. It would help if you aimed to try and get your kid to stick to the same schedule that they would at school. However, you can adjust this. If your child is having a particularly stressful day, allow them to take longer breaks, or get them to change what they are studying. If you find that they are particularly interested in one subject, encourage them to study more in-depth into the topic rather than switching topics.
Take Breaks Outside
It can be difficult for any child to stay focused all day, especially when studying. After a while, they may become incredibly restless, so you must let them take breaks. It is also essential that they get regular exercise, so make sure that they are moving about during their break time. Not only will this help them relieve any tension, they may be feeling about work, but studies have shown that regular exercise and sunlight can help improve mental health.
If you feel like your kid is not getting sufficient outdoor time, consider moving some of the lessons outdoors. For example, you could teach some subjects outdoors, such as science or geography. It would help if you aimed to get your child exercising and playing outdoors at least once a day. If you do not have any outdoor space, you can still make sure your kid is exercising indoors. There are many YouTubers online who are designing courses specifically to help children who aren’t in school and need to exercise.
Moreover, encouraging your children to learn outside more will also lower your electricity bill, which will no doubt be rising because of virtual learning. If you are finding your energy bill is skyrocketing, consider checking comparison websites like reliant energy to make sureyou are not overpaying for your energy.
Make Sure That You and Your Child Are in Contact with the School.
While the schools remain closed, it is vital that now, more than ever, you keep in touch with your kid’s teacher. This way, you can work out how well your child is doing, and their teacher can further support your child’s learning, making it both easier for you and your kid.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun!
We are living in strange and challenging times. It is therefore vital that you do not put too much pressure on your child or yourself, but take time to have fun together while you are learning. We do not know how long this pandemic will last, or how long you will have to keep homeschooling for, so you must not overwork yourself or overwork your kid.