I’m going go out on a limb and say that you’re here because schools have closed down and you need some tips for remote learning. It’s important to remember that remote learning during school closures is not the same as homeschooling. Yes, you’re home and the kids are being educated from home, but this concept is referred to as remote learning, not homeschooling. So, if you want a crash course in homeschooling how to, there are a LOT of resources available to you online and on Pinterest. This post is about how to make the best of remote learning with your little ones and what is working for our family right now.
Today I’m sharing some tips for remote learning during school closures so that parents and kids can reduce stress, anxiety, and have a way to make this a positive experience for everyone involved.
Homeschooling How To:
Learn a Learning Management System
If your school isn’t offering Google Classroom, then try to use something like this on your own to manage schoolwork. With remote learning, your kids will have a variety of subjects, schoolwork, and activities that must be completed just like they would do during regular school hours. You’ll need some way to manage all of these activities so that your kids do not fall behind in their studies.
Our district has set up a learning management system that isn’t exactly user friendly. It seems like handouts and lectures are all over the place and hidden behind different tabs. I had to come up with my own way of organizing tasks so that we didn’t miss anything. There are usually tutorials for how to use whatever system your school is using – just Google what platform it is to find tutorials that your school may not have shared.
Ask About Teacher’s Lesson Plans
Most teachers are expected to post their weekly lesson plans for parents and kids to have access to what’s expected fro the week. Find out where your kids’ teachers have listed their weekly lesson plans. If possible, print this lesson plan out or bookmark it for ease of access. This will help everyone stay on track with remote learning during school closures. Review each lesson plan as soon as possible so that all questions have been answered before your kids dive into the workload for their remote learning week.
It’s okay if you find your own rhythm doing things a little differently. We swapped the days we do the lessons to make it easier on us and our workload. For example, my husband and I are both working full-time at home on top of managing our child’s schoolwork. We find that it easier to do math on Mondays (for example) since my son needs less assistance with it. We swapped language arts to Fridays since our day job work load is usually less on that day. See what works for you!
Use Zoom, Teams, or Skype
Find a way to maintain direct contact with your kids’ teachers. You may use Zoom or Teams to chat with teachers, or another form or text/video chat so that your kids can communicate with their teachers regularly. Many teachers who are helping with remote learning have opened up the lines of communication using Google Hangouts for text and video conversations with parents and kids. Just ask your school district what options are being offered in your area.
Our district is using Zoom and hosting virtual meetings in a variety of topics from PE, Art, Music, and social hours. While it is not expected to attend all of them, it does help boost community throughout the week. My son looks forward to his weekly Zoom calls!
Take a Break
It may be overwhelming for many parents who are trying to work remotely all the while helping their kids handle remote schooling. For many of us, we’ve worked from home and homeschoolers for years, but remote learning and remote working for newbies is a stressful situation. Remember that both you and your kids will need to take breaks. Always listen to your body so that you aren’t trying to help your kids with remote learning at a time when you’re depleted of energy and brainpower. It will be okay to take a break and come back to remote learning later if you or your kids have had enough right now.
We try to work from 9am to noon each day and then rest for the remainder of the day. We do learning games and reading in the afternoon. I expect him to finish his work by noon each day, and we seem to have kept this standard so far.
It was easy to set higher expectations on your kids when they were heading off to school and being instructed in a classroom, but as you continue with remote learning during school closures you may have had a whole new set of expectations. It’s important that you reduce your higher expectations to a more reasonable level during remote learning sot hat both you and your kids have fewer emotional outbursts and that remote learning runs smoothly in your house.
These are just some of the tips I have to lend for remote during school closures to help parents and kids stay calm, productive, and on track with appropriate educational needs. I hope that these tips will encourage your family to make the best of your new lifestyle, and proceed forward with optimism.