We have already discussed how important daily routines are in your child’s learning. Here are some other ways you can support them to ensure they don’t struggle with online learning:
Doing video calls with several of your child’s friends at once may also help them get used to the setting, being comfortable with seeing all of those faces looking at them and using the technology. They can bounce ideas around, much like in the classroom setting, as they work through problems together.
Having a comfy desk chair, a whiteboard or cork panel, a suitable desk, noise-cancelling headphones, and positive messages can make learning at home easier for your child. If possible, build a place at home that will be used just for school related activities, designating it as “school”. This will support your child to feel closer to regular school so whenever you say its school time, they know where to go.
Timers are useful to help structure your child’s day and, for younger children, a visual timer will help them understand how much time they have left in any given subject or activity. For older kids, timers can help manage their time wisely and stick to a similar timing schedule they will be used to in school.
Fancy dress can often be a brilliant ice breaker for children. Many enjoy getting dressed up, so why not encourage them to do so for their online classes and telling the teachers so that they can even use that as a theme for certain topics.
Staring at screens for extended periods of time can take its toll, many children might go from their computers to their phones to their tablets to the TV, and so forth. Research suggests that blue light can negatively affect sleep. Blue light blocking screen glasses can be very useful for children during this time, as they ease the strain on the eyes from any glare on screens.