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This school year most schools start the school year in remote learning at home. This is a controversial decision that we all have to deal with and figure out. Online learning comes with various challenges. However, we need to overcome these challenges during these difficult times.
In this post, I discuss various things that parents can do to support remote learning at home. You’ll also find a couple of free downloads to set up learning at home.
Connect with the School
Schools have worked hard to figure out how to best teach students online. Educators are receiving lots of training to prepare them as online instructors. Part of this training involves how to engage best with families during remote learning.
Make sure to provide your up to date contact information to the school. Additionally, sign up for their email distribution list to get updates. You will also want to look up the school social media pages to follow those pages to get updates.
Now more than ever schools are regularly communicating information about the school year. Remote learning at home information is sent via email, social media, or telephone. Don’t forget to check social media regularly to see new information or updates.
Organize incoming Emails
You might feel overwhelmed about the many emails you’ll receive from multiple educators. This is even worst when you have more than one child. Consider setting up email folders in your email account to organize emails for each child.
This can be done by creating rules in your email account that forward emails to designated folders for each child. This will remove the guessing out of who’s teacher said/needs what and make it easier to refer to as necessary.
Set a Remote Learning Routine
Remote learning comes with many unknowns. Setting up a routine helps kids feel that they are in control of their learning. Without a routine, kids feel uncertainty in the learning progress.
Develop a routine that provides guidance from the moment your child wakes up to dinner time. This may be as simple as a list of items to do throughout the day. You may want to include a schedule planner or a wall calendar that students can use and visualize each day.
Use a schedule template (like the one below) that provides specific times for academic learning, exercising hubbies, or screen time. Submit the below form to request a copy of one of free templates. Choose one your child will enjoy, like the Disney, school, frozen, or animal theme.
Learn the School Platforms
Most schools will use an online platform such as Schoology, Canvas, or Classdojo. These are online learning platforms that allow teachers to provide online learning to students. Instruction here can happen in a synchronous mode (live) or asynchronous (recorded). Live classes are also offered using zoom.
Many elementary teachers use the Classdojo application to communicate with bilingual families. Familiarize yourself with the online learning platform that your child’s teacher plans to use. Check your school website to see if there’s any information about the learning platforms they will use.
Set up for Remote Learning
Arrange a space for your child to learn. This may involve setting up a desk, chair, and school supplies. Students will engage more in their learning if they are set up in a learning environment.
Try to find a quiet space for each child. If a quiet space is not possible, consider getting a headset with a microphone. Discuss the options with your child to make them part of the planning.
Discuss Learning Regularly
A great way participate in the learning experience is to discuss what is happening each day. Talk to your child about their learning. You also want to ask if there are any other resources they might need.
A discussion may involve homework completion. Discuss a time that your child will feel more comfortable completing their homework. This may be taking a break after the school hours before they complete homework.
Parent and Teacher Collaboration is important
Although online learning can be a challenge, it is definitely an experience that we can overcome together. Collaboration among parents, teachers, and schools is key to maximize the benefits and challenges of remote learning at home. Share your experience about remote learning preparation with us.