Making Online Classes Easier for You and Your Child

Given the sudden situation of a pandemic, we are all forced to adapt to the new ways of living. The way children were being schooled has also changed. From the brick and mortar structure of education, it has come into the devices!

These adaptations have brought in its own set of challenges and a lot of parents and children are stressed about the novel changes.

Here Are Some Tips to Ease Out the Transition:

Developing a Structure

  • Children like a sense of structure and certainty. Helping them develop a visual routine of what they can expect from their day, brings in a sense of time and discipline.

  • Additionally, the habit of preparing early and reaching on time keeps the spirit of the class high, as kids learn from each other.

Location and Attire

  • Our brain makes associations, i.e. linking a certain routine to the activity – physically and mentally. For example, we associate bed to rest, dining table to meals. Just like children are used to a certain environment at school and build that association, a similar environment cannot possibly be achieved at home but can have a certain space which a child can associate to classes. They can be given a certain place, and uniform to attend their online classes. This will eventually help them develop associations and stay alert and active.  

Choosing a Good Location

  • Having a well-lit room, with minimum distractions, power disruptions, noise disruptions is imperative. A room that has multiple distractions can break the rhythm of the class.  

Parents Approach Matters

  • The way you approach the classes has a big impact on how children respond to them. If you show excitement and enthusiasm to what is going to happen in the class, and how each class is so much fun; children will also be more inclined to attend. On the other hand, being lethargic and pushy about classes, will dampen their spirit as well.

Parental Involvement

  • Parents should be facilitators in the learning outcomes of the children. Being involved with boundaries will help children develop at their own pace while feeling supported. Being kind and patient with your child is also essential– they will take time to adjust, may need breaks in between. You, parents, are the expert of your child and if you listen and observe closely, you will know what the child needs.

Social and Emotional Life

  • Make sure the child is in touch with family and friends via technology. Don’t try to recreate school, with 6-7 hrs of engagement, have time for leisure and fun family activities too. Tell them to express their feelings, emotions, and actively hear them out when they do. Remember to encourage and appreciate their efforts.

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