Corona Virus hit the world, leaving huge impacts on the economy of various countries. It was and still is extremely difficult for businesses to stay afloat and survive. Many businesses went bankrupt, while others are still struggling to find a new normal.
Amidst all this chaos, the education industry was affected as well. The impacts of which were suffered by children. Parents were in a state of shock, whether to mourn the lack of education of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, due to technology, students and schools were able to continue the education online. This meant that children are to be equipped with various tools and resources to avail online education, which is a challenge in itself. Because not every household had the resources to continue education for every child and not every child has the attention span of sitting in front of a screen to take a class.
While online education was utilized beneficially by older students, elementary school students and preschoolers are still struggling with online education. So whether you taking your regular school classes on your computer or taking Quran classes from an online Qari, two things are a must, a digital device, and an internet connection.
In this article, we have outlined a few tips for you to best prepare your child for online learning education.
The younger the child, the more set up he needs to understand that he is attending an online class. It very natural for kids to get distracted by the home environment, which is why you must create a learning area for your child.
This learning area needs to be in a quiet room, with minimum distractions and less activity going on in the background. If you have a separate office room in your house, you should use that quiet room for your child’s classes.
However, if you have a small space, what you can do is convert your kitchen table into a learning space with a laptop, books, stationery, etc. Be mindful, to keep the direction of the table opposite to the open space of your hallway or kitchen so your child is not distracted during the class.
Even though your child is not going to an actual school, you must stick to the pre-pandemic schedule. This would mean that you wake them up, have them take a shower, do breakfast, dress up and attend their online class.
Every kid has their schedule, so you should stick to it. And keep the cycle going. If you have multiple kids in the house attending online classes, you must schedule each one of your kids and their class schedule accordingly.
The biggest element coming in the way of online education is a distraction. If your child is taking a class for example, and his sibling is watching cartoons on the tv in the background, this can serve as a massive distraction for the student. Why? Because his attention would be diverted and his mind would be on the cartoons more than the online class.
Similarly, when children are attending online classes, it is important to keep all the distractions to a minimum. If you have a child in middle school, it is important to make sure that he does not have any social media pages open in the background of his online class.
A lot of kids are playing online games in the background while attending lectures and it is very difficult for the teacher to know what students are doing behind their screens. This is where parents or caretakers have to make sure that they are attending classes without any distractions.
You must list down the class days and timings on your calendar. You can also use it to keep track of assignments, deadlines, presentations, test and exam dates, etc.
You can use a traditional calendar or you can use one on your computers or phones. The key is to stay on track and up to date with all the tasks and class times. Especially if you have multiple kids, the calendar can be a lifesaver so you don’t have to deal with overlapping classes of siblings.
Sometimes, your kid might have back-to-back classes, which means long sitting hours in front of a computer screen. This can lower down the child’s attention span and stamina to learn, which is why you need to make sure your kid takes a break in between and use it to exercise or rejuvenate in any other way.
Because otherwise, you will be dealing with a mentally exhausted kid who is not able to comprehend what his or her teacher is saying. So for example your child has attended his history class, maybe encourage him to take a walkout before his online qari calls him for his Quran class in 20 minutes.
Children need to stay social during or after their online classes. Because while attending physical classes, you were always meeting your friends and talking, during online classes this can become a challenge.
This is why you can ensure extra time in your child’s online class for kids to socialize, talk to each other and make study group plans, etc.
Online education is not easy. It’s a collaborative effort of students, teachers, and parents. This is why you need to be in touch with your student’s teachers to ensure they are on track or if any extra effort is required.
During COVID, teachers have gone an extra mile to help their students and parents with their study plans and give them all the study material they need. However, still, because online education comes with its own sets of challenges, Not only students but parents and teachers have to work together to make the best of it.