It appears that many parents have raised issues about the idea of distance learning. For them, it’s a difficult challenge to overcome. Many children are challenging to deal with, unable to focus their minds on the tasks in hand.
Although there are some downsides to distance learning, it doesn’t mean it can’t work. Education can take place anywhere, and it doesn’t have to stay within the four walls of a classroom. As long as students remain disciplined and focused, home schooling can and does work work.
Children need supervision
Parents play a crucial role in the learning process. You serve as your children’s first teacher. Even during regular classes, you are still the primary teacher. Teachers at school will only supplement the education which you provide at home. Supervising your children shouldn’t be a problem if you always remain involved. Make yourself available if there are questions regarding the lessons.
The problem some parents have is that their children spend too much time playing video games and other mind numbing pastimes like tik tok etc. while your children are at home, it’s easy to feel tempted to forget studying; it takes dedication and patience. Rules need to be clear and concise. You can’t stop them from playing video games, but you can allow them to do it only within a given time frame. They should also show proof that they already finished their academic work before playing again.
You should also have rules in place regarding the use of electronic devices. You don’t want your children to over expose themselves to these gadgets, given the potential harmful impact they can have on children’s health. You should also encourage the use of EMF protection. These protective devices will help them avoid the adverse effects of exposure to low level radiated EMF energy.
Keep close contact with teachers
Although you supervise the learning process, it doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. You should maintain close contact with the teachers. If there are elements of the lesson that you don’t understand, you should ask. You should also work out strategies that could help you teach the lessons better. Most teachers worth their salt would be more than willing to guide you and offer some tips to help lessen your burden.
Extend your patience
Asking your children to remain focused and disciplined isn’t easy. They will do whatever they can to avoid having to undertake school work at home. They also have a limited attention span. You must extend your patience and learn how to smile amid the situation. You can’t take it out on your children; it isn’t their fault we are all in lockdown at this time.
You still want them to have an enjoyable learning experience. It shouldn’t be a shouting match. Encourage and coax gently but with a firm hand. If you shout and rant, they will lose interest in learning and become difficult to teach.
Distance learning might not be an ideal situation, especially for younger learners. However, the current situation is beyond our control. You have to make the most of it and find a way to continue teaching your children. They can still learn a lot through this method, depending on your level of support and attention.