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Posted on Nov, 10 2020 by Jessica Fender

How to Make Distance Learning Effective for Kids

It's been months since the COVID-19 pandemic took us by surprise and threw us off our wagons. It affected almost every segment of our lives and managed to force us to change our habits. Children are no exception since the pandemic moved their classes from school to their homes. And, since most of the children and parents never experienced distance learning, it is still quite a challenge for most of them.

But, there are tips and tricks you could use to make sure distance learning is effective for your kids. Below, you'll find out more about how to provide the best learning experience to your kids until they go back to their classrooms.

Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Create a Learning Space

Every child needs their peace when learning. They need to be able to focus and fully concentrate on what they’re reading or listening.

This is why you should begin by establishing a designated study area for their distance learning. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy:

  • a desk and a comfortable chair
  • a laptop or computer for Zoom meetings and online materials
  • neatly organized books, notebooks, and writing tools

Also, make sure to provide peace and quiet for the child while they’re in their learning space.

  1. Establish a Study Routine

When there are no regular school classes or a strict schedule that children need to follow, they might start feeling lost.

They’re too young to create their own study habits and force themselves to stay productive. This is why parents need to jump in.

Here’s what you should do:

  • establish a “school day” routine
  • set up the time for getting up and starting with school obligations
  • if there’s no class scheduled with the teacher, make sure the child is still in the study area doing homework or studying

There should be school hours vs. leisure time, and the boundary needs to be very clear. Your child shouldn’t have the liberty to watch TV, have fun, or study whenever they want.

In case you need extra help with respecting the study routine, check out these studying websites for 5th graders.

It’s better to imitate the actual school atmosphere and keep them well-organized.

  1. Create a School Calendar

To help your kids keep track of all their projects, learning assignments, and school tasks, you should help them create a school calendar.

It could be:

  • a calendar on a large piece of paper with empty spaces for them to write down their obligations
  • a digital calendar or planner

Then, help your kids create new entries regularly and follow the ones already there. This will keep all their school obligations in one place and help them keep track of what they need to do.

  1. Do After-Class Revisions

To make sure your child is managing to follow their classes and study regularly, you should do brief after-class revisions with them.

It will only take you a couple of minutes to:

  • ask them what they covered in the class
  • ask them to tell you what’s the most important information
  • ask them if they need help or clarification

This will help you step in as a substitute teacher and help kids organize their thoughts after a class to adopt new knowledge easily.

  1. Take Active Breaks

Older kids have more to learn and more to worry about. If they have really demanding school days, distance learning can put additional pressure on their bodies and minds.

This is why you should help them plan and execute active breaks.

An active break implies:

  • moving away from the screen
  • going outside
  • doing something they love
  • being physically active

It could be anything from playing with the dog in the backyard to riding a bike in the park. Just make sure they’re active and away from their study space.

Final Thoughts
Distance learning is quite a challenge for everyone involved. The teachers, the children, and the parents all need to unite together and work on creating the best possible distance learning experience.

Hopefully, the tips above will help you establish a great study routine in your home and make the most out of every school day spent at home.

Author’s bio. Jessica Fender is a professional writer and educational blogger at Alltopreviews, an aggregator for useful college resources and websites. Jessica enjoys sharing her ideas to make writing and learning fun.