It’s almost time to send the kids back to school! Well, kind of. While the world continues to navigate the pandemic, school probably looks a little different for some of us. A few schools have opted to have their students return to the classroom for in-person learning, but a lot of others will be learning virtually. Sure, back in March students had to do this and back then we thought it would be temporary, so we didn’t make a virtual learning space an absolute priority. However, when your kids begin virtual learning it will be important for them to have their own space. Here is what you can do to make sure your kids have a learning environment at home they can thrive in.
Give Them Their Own Space
One of the most important factors in creating a suitable learning environment is making sure your kids have a dedicated workspace for them to use. They have their own desks that they use at school, so it just makes sense that they have their own space at home too. Make sure their workspace allows them to store school supplies they need and that they have enough room so they don’t feel too cramped. Buying them a desk would beneficial, but if that isn’t in your budget you could always use a table as a great alternative. Kids need structure especially if they are going to be learning virtually and giving them their own space is a wonderful way to give them the structure they need.
Organization is going to be the key to making sure your kids stay on task. Make sure they have all of the storage solutions they need such as folders, pencil and pen holders, etc. Having dedicated areas for them to put their schoolwork and other supplies will make it easier for them to keep everything tidy. A lot of assignments are likely to be paperless, so showing them how to create folders on their computers is a great way to keep them digitally organized. You could create a folder for each class they have so it’s easier for them to find things when they need them. Finally, at the end of the day, make sure your kids clean up their workspace so it stays organized each day.
Along with having their own space and keeping organized, limiting distractions is going to be important to keep them on track. For one, make sure the space you dedicate for your child is a quiet area in the house. Younger children especially may have a hard time focusing on their teacher if other noises are going on around them. Secondly, keep any toys or tablets out of sight. Younger kids may not be able to fight the temptation of grabbing their toys to play with them when they are supposed to be learning.
Use the Right Technology
Technology plays a major role in virtual learning. First and foremost, you’re going to need a computer or laptop. You will also need a webcam so that your child’s teacher can see them. A microphone will be built-in in most laptops, but if you are using a desktop computer you may need to purchase one of those so your child can communicate with their class. Headphones are also a great idea. Not only do some headphones have built-in microphones, but they will also help eliminate noises in the background so it will be easier for your kid to focus. Lastly, you will want to have a solid WIFI signal. If you find that video is choppy and you have slow internet, consider upgrading your internet subscription so you have a stronger network.
Not being able to go to school and interact with teachers and friends will be difficult for a lot of children and it will take a bit of adjusting. Be patient with your kids as they learn to adapt to a virtual learning environment. Also, be patient with yourself as a parent since it will be a new normal for you as well. By creating a space dedicated to your child, maintaining organization, eliminating distractions, and giving them the right tools to succeed, your child is going to be one step ahead this school year.
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