Currently, parents are struggling to manage their time and cope with their children's homeschooling during the pandemic. Many people are feeling overwhelmed by their new responsibilities and are unsure how to connect with technology. Everything was new to them in such a way that they needed to put in extra effort to educate themselves and be qualified to help their children excel, even at home school.
If you're a parent who isn't sure where to begin or how to support your children, consider these suggestions to help your kids thrive in school even during the pandemic.
It is critical to condition your child prior to the study session. Make sure your child's stomach is full of food and water to allow them to think and focus. To improve alertness, parents can encourage and participate in their children's exercise prior to the study session. To avoid wasting time, prepare all of the materials and tools that will be available when the online class begins. The most important thing to check before kids begin is to turn off all notifications on the device and stay away from distractions.
Build a Home School Connection
Parents should also communicate with their children's teachers. It can be as simple as coordinating a school event or staying up to date on any activities and changes. When children see their parents' involvement, they are more likely to participate and feel valued because someone cares about them.
In this regard, establishing a dedicated study area is an excellent way to instill a home school connection. Parents are not required to purchase any expensive items. You can be creative, and using a comfortable and appealing space for children is a good place to start. In this manner, children would be willing, interested, and aware on a daily basis that their new school is their likely source due to the pandemic. Avoid using different areas of your home for homeschooling, as this may affect your children's willingness, such as studying in their bedroom or playroom. Remove any distracting items from their study area that may catch your child's attention. Setting up a study area is also beneficial for kids to train their brains, anticipate time for homeschooling, and prepare themselves on a daily basis.
Study Hacks for Kids
It is common for some children that we cannot always force them to study hard or spend a certain amount of time, especially if there is an upcoming quiz to review previous lessons. For some reason, not all children are at the same level of memorizing and can easily catch up on the subject. In this case, it is critical to understand their learning styles. Some of these strategies, such as visual, reading and writing, kinesthetic, or auditory, may be particularly strong in children. Whichever of these styles works best for your child, parents must provide support and effort.
Parents may use visual aids or flashcards for the visual learner, putting extra effort into study techniques and making learning fun. Auditory learners are the most responsive and good listeners. Parents can give their children verbal quizzes to help them memorize the information. Kinesthetic learners are more concerned with movement and can learn by touch. Allowing children with a kinetic personality to explore and spend time outside is the best way for them to absorb information. Most importantly, give them a break and allow them to recharge.
Keeping Kids Motivated
Staying engaged is the best way for kids to stay motivated. Make study time more enjoyable for them by making it enjoyable. Simple rewards can help to keep their attention. Inquire about their thoughts on the prize. Keeping them engaged and rewarding them when the work is completed will help them focus.
Reduced Screen Time
Too much screen time is now a part of many children's daily routines. It is a significant challenge for parents to break this bad habit. To limit and have a specific time to unplug all devices in your home, parents must first discipline themselves and set a good example for their children to agree and follow the rules. Also, emphasize the importance of screen time limitation to them. Parents must be aware of the dangers of excessive screen time. Excessive screen time, on the other hand, can reduce children's attention spans, which tends to reduce child interaction, creativity, and connect homeschooling.
Make Time to Go Outside
Most likely, in the midst of this widespread pandemic, parents are more cautious about taking their children outside. Some parents are reluctant to allow their children to play outside in order to protect them. Movement, on the other hand, can help stimulate a child's learning process in order for them to be physically healthy and active. Allowing them to explore the outdoors is one of these beneficial methods. According to one study, outdoor play can help children develop a healthy attitude as well as their brains and bodies for long-term benefits. If parents are overly concerned about the situation, going somewhere with fewer people or in a private location is a good option. Whether for a nature walk, outside a park, or simply playing games with friends.
According to Kate Loguercio in her article, Helping Your Kids Stay Focused On School During The Coronavirus Pandemic, “It’s OK to break away from your normal schedule or your kids’ normal schedule if it will help everyone accomplish their tasks.”
While some children are challenge to study during this time, some family see this as an opportunity to be closer with each other. By being at home, parents can communicate more with their children and know them better. In fact, mothers (and even fathers) can make their home a bit of heaven here on earth.