As everyone slowly adapts to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the people had to change their way of living: from the way they ride in public transportations, the way they eat in restaurants, to the way their children continued in their education. The regular face-to-face classes the children got used to now flipped with their teachers talking from the other side of the computer screen. College students have no difficulty operating these websites and applications used in online classes, but what about the kids who have no sufficient knowledge of how to use these video conferencing apps? In today's article, you will be gaining insight on how to help kids on video calls. Continue reading and find out how you can help them understand this process better!
Give Them A Walkthrough
The COVID pandemic reformed the landscape of education today, with schools closing and classes behind computer screens. Traditional face-to-face classes changed to virtual, and more adaptive learning schemes are in place. With these non-conventional methods, supervision of teachers over children is limited. But will this limitation also hinder the learning of kids? Most certainly not. It is now the responsibility of parents to navigate over their children's new regular schooling. In this regard, here are some parent guides for navigating homeschooling during a unique school year:
Know Their Schedule
The very core for navigating your children's learnings is to be familiar with their schedule. Being aware of their daily activities will inform you of what they are supposed to learn for the day. If they are under an online learning program, they will have a course syllabus indicating their schedule of activities. If a teacher homeschools them, communicate with them on the scope and timetables of their schooling. Knowing their curriculum is critical.
Knowing what your children do will not be sufficient if you will not ask them how they are doing. Asking them how their day went through and what they learned will not only help you assess their learning but will also help you connect with them. Make your about-school conversations a time of bonding. Let them know that you are there as their pillar of support.
Supplement Their Learning
With the minimal supervision of the teachers, it is up to you to help them in their academic struggles. You can take a step ahead and download modules separate from what their teachers provided to assess how in-depth your kids are in their lessons. But always remember that every kid has their own pace. Donot be too hard on them when they admit to having some lesson difficulties.
This virtual learning scheme will mean more distractions. Help your children limit their inclination to be distracted by reducing the accessibility of their devices when studying. These distractions can be games, video streaming sites, and the like. You can also turn off the Wi-Fi once they have downloaded all learning resources. This way, they can focus on the activities.
Encourage Online Breaks
Overly indulging in the online world can pose negative impacts on the eyes and brains of people. Therefore, having a 15-minute break or two can be essential. It will allow them to breathe and recuperate from the stresses. They can spend their time doing other recreational things like drawing or doing quick crafts, or simply grabbing a snack. Another thing is printing the assignment or homework instead of doing it directly on the screen.
The online learning scheme is a great way to flatten the curve of the people infected by the virus. Even more, protect the kids from their harmful effects. But like any other innovation, there is always an underlying caveat. What parents should do is find a way to overcome these obstacles strategically, and all will be well!