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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have decided to start the new school year through a virtual platform. For many parents, whether they are working from home or stay-at-home moms and dads, the virtual learning process can be daunting. For parents who have incoming kindergarteners or parents who didn’t experience it during the last school year, this new experience can be especially hard. Below, you will find some tips to enhance your child’s virtual learning experience.
Set Up an In-Home Classroom
With virtual learning taking place, much of your child’s attention will be on their laptop or tablet, depending on the device they’re using for school. But that doesn’t necessarily mean their eyes have to be glued to a screen all day. Consider turning an open space in your home into an in-home classroom.
With it being back-to-school time, you’re likely able to find an assortment of classroom supplies at your local Target or Walmart. These supplies can include visual-aids, classroom decorations, and learning tools. These are great items that will help you transform your space into the perfect in-home classroom. They’ll serve your child as learning tools and help them concentrate by recreating the feel and experience of being in an actual classroom.
Establish a Time for Outdoor Play
Recess and outdoor time are very beneficial and important for kiddos in elementary school. They get to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Plus, they’re able to let their energy out in a positive way. A great way to enhance your child’s virtual learning experience is by providing them with a scheduled recess time.
If your child is an incoming kindergartner who hasn’t yet experienced ‘school’ in a normal setting, establishing a designated time for recess will help them with their transition into the real school setting when the time comes. For children in upper-grade levels, providing them with time to get out and play will give them a feeling of ‘normalcy’ as they go through this virtual learning experience.
Help Your Child Stay Connected
Despite the virtual setting, your child should still feel encouraged to make new memories with their classmates. Keep everyone safe and connected by setting up virtual playdates. With the COVID-19 pandemic, staying connected has become easier with online platforms such as Zoom and Skype.
Consider reaching out to other parents and setting up a fun virtual activity. You can set up a painting activity, virtual game night, or even video sharing to feel as though you’re having a movie night in the same room. The possibilities are endless. Encouraging your child to make and maintain friendships will help them get through this new schooling experience.
Virtual learning doesn’t have to be a bad experience. Following these suggestions to enhance your child’s virtual learning experience will make the transition easier for both you and your child.