Remote Learning. It’s the new phrase that all parents are becoming familiar with. The feelings about remote learning is very mixed, from both parents and teachers.
There are certainly benefits, but unfortunately disadvantages as well. We need to look at all the factors as we prepare for this fall.
Be positive! Make it fun and exciting. Younger children will be easier to teach that this is something fun and positive. Older children will most likely be unhappy because they just want to see their friends.
It is up to the adults to create the mindset we want the children to have. A positive mindset will give you a more cooperative student. It’s a win-win.
If you dislike or disagree with the remote learning, I get it. But your children should not have a clue that you feel that way. Children learn from us. So, if you have a problem with remote learning, they are going to have the same attitude towards it.
As a parent you are able to see exactly what your child is learning and how. Often when you do homework with your child you find your self scratching your head and wondering what they are doing at school. Now is your chance to get a good grasp on just what is going on in the classroom.
It is also a great way to see what kind of student your child is. HOW do they learn? Where are they struggling? Working one on one with your child, you will be able to see things that maybe the teacher won’t (remember they have many students to work with).
Have fun with it! Make this a learning opportunity, not a problem. Find new ways to teach your child. Play games related to their work or find books you can enjoy together. Find fun science experiments and cool website to visit.
Learn how to grow a bookworm!
You may feel unprepared and not qualified. As a homeschool mom, I heard lots of people say that they couldn’t homeschool because they weren’t qualified. While remote learning and homeschooling different things, I can tell you that as long as you have a high school diploma and are invested in your child’s education, you can homeschool. It’s the same with remote learning. If you are invested in your child’s education, you can do this.
Time. Most two parent households are also two working parents. So how do you juggle a job and this remote learning thing? Or, perhaps you are a single parent.
Reach out to your community. There are many people that are offering tutoring and places for children to do their remote learning. Be sure to do your research, visit and ask lots of questions. Many child care centers and various after school programs are revamping their programs to accommodate remote learning students.
Talk to family members or neighbors. Many other families are in the same position you are in. Perhaps you can work out a co-op of sorts where parents take turns hosting remote learners.
It’s all up in the air. Will the kids go back to school? Is this the “new normal”? What will “back to school” look like? There are so many questions. This is a unique opportunity for families to really get on board with their child’s education. Having this first hand glimpse into what your child is learning should help you as your child moves on to other grades.
Use this time to make a positive impact on your child’s future in education. Help them learn good study habits, encourage them to read and practice their math skills in real life activities.
Appreciate your child’s teachers and school staff. You are only working with your children. They are working with many family’s children. What parents are having to do at home is a drop in the bucket of the responsibilities that teachers hold. It is important to remember that, now more than ever.
What are your thoughts on remote learning?