Academic success should not be evaluated solely as an outcome based on teacher and student interaction. As a parent, your participation in the process is as important as cognitive skills, character, and study habits in your child's success at school. All the research on the widespread use of distance education reveals the parental role in the effects of online education. We have prepared a 9-item guide to making it easier for you to manage the distance education process. In this guide, you can find essential tips to help your child have a more productive school year.
1. Create a Favorable Work Environment
Educators emphasize at every opportunity the importance of a private area belonging to the student for distance education. If your child does not have his room and desk at home, you can prepare a study corner for him. For this, a desk free of distracting objects, a quiet environment, and a good internet connection may be sufficient. If your child has their room and desk, help organize this space. Remove any objects and toys that may be distracting. Guide your child to keep his desk tidy and clean.
2. Establish Daily Routines
Children generally stick to the habits they have acquired. Help your child establish daily routines with positive leadership. To start the day, ask about the daily lesson plan, the materials he needs, and, most importantly, how you can help him. This way, you can help your child set priorities. Similarly, you can identify the lagging points by asking how his time passed, what he learned, what he had difficulties with. With the inferences you will derive from here, you can guide your child in establishing a routine.
3.Be involved in the process as much as needed
Children imitate their parents' behavior and attitude. In this process, take care to establish an empathic relationship with your child and their teachers. Avoid helping your child too much, giving them support and encouragement and the opportunity to do their part. When it fails, appreciate his effort to increase his motivation. When planning the day, take care to consider your child's wishes.
4.Assign Small Responsibilities to Focus
During the distance education process, your child may experience loss of attention and concentration disorder. Observe your child during the lesson as much as possible without disturbing them. Help him refocus when he's distracted with small non-verbal warnings. By involving your child in routine but straightforward household chores, you can also help develop focus skills. You can increase their responsibilities with age-appropriate tasks such as tidying up the bed in the morning, loading and unloading the dishwasher or sorting the laundry by color.
5. Don't Turn Screen Usage into Rewards or Punishments
With the spread of distance education, many parents worry that children spend more time in front of the screen. As a result of the new era, children are also trying to find a place for themselves in the digital world. You can try to regulate the use of computer games, online games that can be played on tablets and smartphones, or the use of social media by talking to your child. If kids share smart devices with siblings, help them agree on who will use what and when. Instead of using the screen as a reward/punishment element, try to put it in a proper order that will not interrupt the distance education process.
6.Encourage Physical Activity
We all know the health benefits of exercise and physical activity. Loss of physical activity also affects your child's concentration negatively. It is imperative to encourage physical activity, which is also essential for emotional regulation. To prevent your child from spending time sitting in front of the screen all the time, take short breaks. You can organize various activities during the holidays for your children who play active games with their friends during school recess times.
7. Care About His/Her Emotional Needs
In the home atmosphere that turns into school, your child may experience emotional fluctuations, anxiety, and worries. He may have difficulty in adapting to the distance education process and may be disappointed. Give your child the attention and compassion he needs to express himself and share his feelings. Let him talk about his emotions and purify his mind by routine activities such as games or movie nights.
8.Support Social Interaction
School should not be just about academic learning. One of the most significant gains of our children in school life is their social skills. However, the limited lesson time in front of the screen with distance education does not meet your child's need for social interaction. Allow your child to have video chats with their friends. Have them set up a digital conversation with a friend, teacher, or a distant relative. In this way, you can contribute to developing written communication, language, and thinking skills.
9.Cooperate with Teachers
Parents are expected to guide their children in distance education. That requires you to collaborate with your child's teacher. Remember that educators care about feedback. Make sure to inform the teacher about the difficulties your child is experiencing. Do not neglect to share not only negative examples but also the good aspects of the process.