COVID-19 forced us to depart from many of the daily habits and interactions that are weaved into the fibers of what it means to be human. We can no longer hug each other without concern, or shop for groceries without looming thoughts of the global pandemic. No one anticipated just how detrimental coronavirus would be to our school systems, even with our vacation cancellations and career shifts.
Schools called off graduations ceremonies, shortened semesters, and extended summer breaks. While many parents prayed things would be better by August, we find ourselves in a similar predicament, attempting to prepare our children for the new school year’s first day of virtual classes. Although the situation isn’t ideal, there’s still hope. Here are three ways to help your children adapt to school online.
Create a Dedicated School Zone
One of the best ways to ensure success is to recreate the feeling of the classroom. It’s incredibly hard for students to stay focused when lying on the couch with the TV playing in the background. To limit distractions, create a dedicated school zone in your home. Keep in mind, you don’t need to go on a classroom shopping spree and the space doesn’t need to be pinterest-worthy. As long as it is isolated, interruption-free, and has enough space for a small desk and necessary supplies, you’re good to go. Feel free to include your child in the decorating process to help them get excited about the upcoming school year.
Help Your Children Stay Organized
Virtual schooling isn’t as hands-on as traditional classes. For some students, the subtle differences can cause them trouble. Without tangible bins for work and an organized binder for notes, it’s easy for students to lose track of their scholastic responsibilities. If your children need assistance while adapting to their new virtual format, give them a helping hand. Try implementing various techniques to help your children stay on top of their obligations. Timers, agendas, organization systems, and nightly homework check-ins can help your students flourish. So don’t hesitate to step up in ways that weren’t necessary before.
Provide As Much Normalcy As Possible
Our children are struggling to adjust to the life changes associated with COVID-19. As parents, the least we can do is maintain as much normalcy as possible. Ask your children what their favorite parts of the day were, pre-pandemic, and try your best to recreate those moments. Plan virtual meet-ups with their friends. Help them pick out school clothes to wear and continue to make their preferred after-school snacks. Remind them often that things will return to normal in due time.
Although the transition will come with a few bumps along the way, remember that the discomfort is temporary. Use these three tips to help your children make the most of their online classes. Even during a pandemic, it is possible to have an amazing school year.