1. Establish a routine - In person learning provides a student with the reliability of a routine. This helps them to predict what is going to occur on any given day and in any given moment which is not only a comfort to most students but allows them to plan ahead. While at home, providing a child with a simple daily routine will support their distance learning experience.
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2. Set realistic goals for the kids - Learning in smaller, more manageable “chunks” of time allows a student to remain invested in learning by applying and demonstrating their knowledge and skills. Displaying their work shows them you're proud of their accomplishments and helps them value their learning.
3. Create a learning environment - Even if there isn’t an abundance of space, anywhere in a home where a student can be separated from unnecessary distractions is a great support to encourage the learning process.
4. Use a variety of learning resources - While the primary source of engagement with their teacher is via online, a child's learning can also be supported by resources at home. Resources such as books, diagrams, crafts, art supplies, and family experiences are wonderful ways to enliven and enhance a child’s educational experiences.
5. Engage with classmates and teachers - Sharing the learning experience with a student’s classmates clarifies and solidifies ideas and questions a child might have. Have your student connect with other students to develop small learning communities online related to their classwork. Taking advantage of the teacher’s office hours is also a great way to improve understanding and comprehension of material and concepts.
6. Regular exercise to reduce stress - Daily exercise relieves stress for kids and adults. Allowing time to enjoy a physical activity with a child will help them to get rid of that extra energy and stress they may have from sitting still.
7. Be aware of the emotional needs of the learner - All families want the best for their children. If learners are feeling overwhelmed, be open and listen to them about their anxieties and frustrations. Be ready to comfort them as they share.
8. Explore new hobbies - Use this time to share a hobby with your child… gardening, painting, cooking, etc. Spending quality time with your family adds relaxation and communication while being offline.
9. Be generous with praise and remember to have fun - Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child. The roots of becoming a lifelong learner grows from the joy and fun in positive educational experiences and relationships.
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