The Challenges of Distance Learning for Kids: A Few Simple Ways to Do It Easily
Those parents who homeschool their children know about the benefits and disadvantages of distance learning. Online education is an integral part of our technologically developed world. Children are exposed to technology from an early age, using the Internet, applications, and devices to learn, play, and interact with peers.
These days, kids around the world engage in distance learning more than ever before. Many children find distance learning more fun and engaging than traditional in-classroom education. Technology-based learning allows kids to access various interactive resources, gain independence, and learn at their pace.
Modern hi-tech resources can spark creativity and interest in learning, foster problem-solving skills, promote language and communication skills, and help children develop essential social skills.
However, non-stop connectivity can negatively impact a child’s mental and physical health. Research shows that too much screen time can trigger mood swings, anxiety, depression and cause children to feel lonely and cut off from friends.
Also, excessive screen time is linked to attention problems, low self-esteem, disrupted sleep, reduced empathy and compassion, low grades, behavioral issues, and obesity.
Distance learning can also be challenging for working parents who struggle to keep their children engaged and juggling between their kids’ distance learning, household chores, and their own work.
Studying from home may become overwhelming, particularly if a child has to juggle between different tasks, activities, assignments, and online lessons.
Here are a few simple ways to introduce stress-free distance learning to your kids, to ease stress and tension.
- Include Game-Based Learning
Most kids are naturally interested in technology and video games, so including game-based learning in your child’s school curriculum can be an excellent way to overcome the challenges of distance learning.
Games-based learning is not only fun but can also be an effective way to motivate kids to invent and create, develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Also, age-appropriate games help children master computer literacy and become interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school subjects.
Educational games and applications allow students to practice new skills through repetition, free from in-classroom stress. Games-based learning can improve focus and attention, will enable the child to explore concepts and create things, and learn and complete tasks at their pace.
- Foster Time Management Skills
Help your child stick to their routine as routines provide a sense of stability and safety. Encourage your child to plan their activities and homework to make the best use of their time and boost productivity. Help them define the priorities, set SMART goals, minimize distractions, and plan their breaks to improve focus and increase motivation and efficiency.
Help your child organize their study space the way that suits them. Teach them how to use technology safely and responsibly to get the most digital resources and distance learning.
- Allow Time Alone
Distance learning often means virtually having your child’s teachers and classmates in your home. In addition to family members always being around, your child may miss out on the time alone and relaxation it provides.
It is essential that you set aside a time of the day when your child will be alone – playing inside and outdoors, drawing, reading, or doing anything else he or she pleases. Spending time alone helps kids relax, recharge the batteries, and reflect on their day.
Take care and keep healthy and positive,