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How to support children learning from home

How to support children learning from home

Due to COVID-19 many students have moved to off-site learning to help ease the spread of the disease. For many parents and caregivers, having kids move to home learning isn’t easy. Aside from the constant requests for food and assistance, there can be other challenges like anxiety about the new situation, or issues with remote learning. These tips can help you ease into learning from home.

How to support children learning from home

  • Set daily routines and schedules reflecting and supporting the normal school day. Students will often be required to follow an existing or revised timetable so try to support this schedule be maintaining usual sleep, meal and break times.
  • Keep potential distractions turned off – like mobile phones, music and television – until the school day has ended.
  • Have a designated study area that has good ventilation and lighting. Ideally the space is free of distraction and excess noise. Work at a desk or table, not on the lounge or in bed. Some kids may work better in a common area where you can keep an eye on them and they can feel connected to other people.
  • Don’t feel pressured to purchase or trial any new software or equipment, instead use the tools that your school is currently using.
  • Be kind to your teacher, particularly if they are trying to teach from home while caring for their own family. Learning and teaching from home is a steep learning curve for everyone involved. Don’t forget that everyone is doing their best to make it work.
  • Check the designated school chair. For correct posture feet should be flat on the floor and the chair backrest should support the lower back to allow your child to sit upright.
  • Use a timer so you can stick to the timetable. Setting a timer may also help your child stay focused on the task at hand.
  • Communicate with teachers and school friends. Ask for help when you need it, and encourage your child to maintain friends by connecting on the phone or online.
  • Encourage downtime. Time away from work and screens – ideally in nature – should be part of a balanced daily schedule.
  • Address anxiety. Ask how they are feeling and be available to hear the answer and discuss concerns. Validate and understand their feelings, whatever they may be. Offer them reassurance and support.
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