How To Optimize Your Home for E-Learning
The beginning of the school year is stressful enough for many moms, but this year is probably more challenging than ever before since most kids are doing online learning. As the new school year starts, you might already be facing several obstacles that could be harming your child’s success in the virtual classroom. Hopefully, some of these tips on how to optimize your home for e-learning can help!
How To Optimize Your Home For E-Learning
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I homeschool my son and have been proudly homeschooling with him since day one. I have been getting lots of questions from people seeking my advice on homeschooling and having school time done at home in general.
It’s not as complicated as you may think and since most families are simply doing E-learning through their school, it’s even less complicated. So here are some tips to help you take on this brave new world!
Set Up a Dedicated Space
There’s no clear answer on when kids will be returning to school, so the first tip on how to optimize your home for e-learning is to create a dedicated space for learning. Having a dedicated space for school has numerous benefits, but the main perk is it will allow you to reduce any distractions in your home, like a TV and smartphone, so your child can remain focused.
If you have a small home, this may be a big challenge. So my recommendation is to sit at your dining table/kitchen counter but clear it of all other objects and kitchen-related items. During school time, make this space for learning only. (This is what we do since we have very little space and do not have any area to homeschool!)
Emulate the Classroom
If you have a roomier home, creating a real classroom like set up is a great idea. Ideally, this dedicated space would be a home office, but not everybody has that luxury, so you might be limited with what you can do. However, you should try to emulate the classroom as much as possible by having a proper desk, chair, supplies, and posters; also, you can introduce some color to help with your child’s learning.
Make Some Updates
As you set up your virtual classroom, you might realize that you need to make updates to the technology and furniture you have. For technology, you shouldn’t have to spend too much, and there are many affordable tablets and laptop options out there. It’s also worth getting a nice desk and chair designed for long hours of the day for maximum comfort and productivity.
Be There To Help
As much as it may be tempting to sneak out of the room and enjoy some you time, sticking around in case your child needs you is the right move. Depending on how old your child is, you might need to be there for them when they are trying to talk to others in the virtual class.
If you can, set up their learning space close to where you’ll be working, so you can reach out and help if necessary. This will also allow you to watch and make sure they remain on task during the school day. You can have your you time once they go to bed! 😉
Plan Out Breaks
One thing many teachers have been doing during this time is taking screen breaks throughout the day. These breaks are great opportunities for students to ease their minds for a bit. You can make these breaks worthwhile by planning activities during these times like walking outside, playing a game, making a snack, and more.
Having fun activities planned can help with their learning experience at home and fill what they might be missing from the physical classroom. It’s important for you to take breaks too mama!
I hope these tips have helped you feel more confident about having your child\ren at home this school year. If you have any specific questions feel free to reach out to me! Leave me a comment and please share this post, I really appreciate your support!
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