With e-learning extending till the end of this academic year in the UAE, many parents are now feeling the pressure of their children’s educational responsibility more than ever. Of course, the burden of educating students falls first on teachers to create online classrooms, lessons, and activities. But to complete those activities, parental guidance will be necessary.
Here are 8 tips that will make the shift to e-learning easier for you and your children:
An inclusive routine
If you and your children are all doing work from home, it’s likely that this is the first time that has ever happened. A schedule, for your and your child’s workday, is extremely important, as children function best if they maintain a routine as close to normal as possible. Start with maintaining a similar sleeping schedule for the one they had pre distance learning. Set alarms for classes, recesses, and snack breaks, to keep them on track. Now that they are at home all day, you can align their lunch breaks with yours, synchronizing both your and your child’s routines.
Create a learning zone
Many adults have already created their work zone at home. It is also very important to dedicate a study zone for your children to get their school mode on in. Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated space that is strictly devoted to learning. This space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television. Knowing your child means you can customize their learning zone to what helps optimize their efficiency, which gives e-learning an advantage in helping create a unique space for each child.
Be technologically ready
While it may be a no-brainer that a computer is necessary for online classes, the type, speed, memory, software, and techno-gadgets may not be so easy to pick. It’s also worth checking with the school what programs you will need to access the material sent by them. you will need to ensure your Wi-Fi network is up to handle the increased demand placed by conference calls, video streaming and more. You may also need to download teleconferencing facilities such as Zoom or Skype that teachers may use to deliver classes. These are free, but make sure you are downloading from the official applications.
Turning the TV off and switching off app notifications will help. Limit their use of their devices, other than what is needed to complete their work, until their schoolwork is done. But how do you prevent your children from getting sidetracked and using their devices to access other content and apps? This is where setting up parental control software can really help and give you peace of mind by giving you access to check on their productivity!
Help them set goals and objectives
Make sure your children do not just see this as an extended holiday but as a normal school, but from home. Remind them that their education still comes first. Experts recommend helping them prioritize and learn to create goals, tasks, and deadlines, just like adults do when they go to work. Discuss their progress, perhaps at the end of each day or week. Writing them down is a great way to keep them in focus.
Encourage them to interact with friends virtually
Your children are used to lots of social contact at school, so they will definitely feel the effects of being distanced even after a few days. Video chats are often the closest thing to seeing someone in person and are a great way to get in social time without endangering yourself or others.
Stay in touch with other parents
Almost all parents are going through the same situation, and through new experiences novel to each child. Staying in touch with others via virtual communication is very important, to see what they’ve found effective, and ask if they need help as well. It also helps calm down any anxiety knowing that you are not alone in a situation.
Appreciate the extra time together
Many parents get overwhelmed with the extra responsibilities and start treating their children as an extra chore. But remember to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, so use it as an opportunity to bond. Engage in activities such as scavenger hunts, building a fort, face painting or baking or grow closer to each other.
In the end, remember that this is temporary and no one expects perfection! Be kind to yourself; You’ve got this!