Schools provide distance education due to the coronavirus epidemic. Although this practice, which started in the previous spring, was changed from time to time, the dominant functioning is the distance education system. Thanks to this system, students receive education at home, on the computer. The classroom layout is created in a virtual environment, and the lessons are taught online.
Of course, getting used to this system is not as easy as it might seem. Children and parents may find it challenging to adapt to the new system when they suddenly switch to distance education from the school system. After all, even adults who change from home to work needed time to get used to the situation. So the same problem has a more significant impact on children. Also, parents who are not used to staying at home with their children and being involved in the education process may have trouble communicating.
When all these come together, this process can cause both the child to have an inefficient education period and not establish a healthy relationship. Of course, some things can be done to avoid such situations. With a little care and dedication, you can make it easier for the child to adapt to the distance education process and set your relationship on the right line.
1. Help Your Child Adapt to Distance Education
Distance education is challenging for a child to get used to. Especially for younger primary school children, distance education can create confusion. Because the child codes the house as the home and the school as the school. The mixing of the two concepts makes it difficult to get used to the situation. At this point, you should help him/her.
Create a school environment at home according to your possibilities. More precisely, have an area that the child can code as a school.
Try not to make too much noise at home and to distract the child during school time.
Keep your child away from objects that are not related to schools, such as televisions, tablets, and toys.
Most importantly, make him/her feel that you want to support him/her while doing all of these and making things easier.
2.Value Your Child's Ideas About The New Arrangement
When communicating with children, it should not be overlooked that they may also have opinions. During the distance education period, you should take care to listen to your child's ideas about the new system. You should talk about the problematic points for him/her and feel that you will do your best to help. If he/she has any problems during class hours and wants to speak to you about them, you should listen to him/her, just like listening to a friend and try to find a solution together.
3. Don't Break The School Routine
Children need to grow up in a stable environment, and the daily routines created in this environment give the child confidence. At the same time, these routines help him/her stay focused. For this reason, you should make sure that your child continues their school habits in the same way during the distance education process. It would be best to wake up early, wake him/her up, and prepare for school. You should not skip breakfast time and make the child completely ready for class, just like going to school.
4. Do not Abandon discipline
The most significant problem children face in the distance education process is the inability to focus and get bored with the lesson. Faced with this situation, the child may make extreme demands from his parents. They may want to play on the phone in class or leave the lesson and watch cartoons. In such situations, you should not let go of discipline. Perhaps you may think it is okay for your child to have a fling now and then. However, this type of behavior creates the impression of inconsistency in the child, making it difficult to get used to the process. Therefore, you must be disciplined during school hours.
5. Motivate and Reward Your Child
We usually do not reward the child for going to school. But in the distance education process, you can change this approach a little. You can give your child small rewards after the lesson hours you have observed to be efficient to encourage him/her and make it easier to adapt to the process. You can keep the child motivated by phrases such as "good lessons, enjoyable work" in the mornings before the lesson. You can ask how the classes went, and you can carry your conversation to the distance education period after a school day.
6. Evaluate Courses and Work Breaks Together
You can turn the distance education period into an opportunity. You can spend time with your child during breaks. Typically, recess times at school are lively. You can also help your child to relieve stress during the holidays by playing games at home. If you do not have time to do activities together, you should encourage your child to rest their eyes during recess. It would be a big mistake to distract the child by giving him/her a tablet or a phone. It would be best to redirect him/her to activities that will rest his/her mind and eyes and keep him/her moving.
7. Be Patient With Your Child Than Ever Before
The coronavirus period has worn everybody somehow, we know. But do not ignore the difficulties you will have during this period; you should keep your child away from these problems. You should be more patient with him/her than ever and answer the questions he/she asks calmly and adequately. You shouldn't leave your mistakes unanswered, but you shouldn't neglect to control your reactions. Your child may display negative, impatient, and combative behaviors that you have not seen before. Remember that there is a process of getting used to these changes and not blaming him/her.