Compared to previous generations, kids are more exposed to electronic gadgets and devices today but that doesn’t mean they are well-equipped to handle them. Chances are they are prone to stalling and wasting time instead of utilising them productively.
Since Kyt is in the extracurricular space, we pay extra attention to how our curriculum is playing out with our young students. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it’s important that the new setup—which involves kids being restricted to their houses—doesn’t lose its purpose in the long run. It’s also important that parents take an active interest in how to make the most of online education (be it academics or otherwise).
Here are some measures you can apply to ensure that your child is having the best of online classes:
Time is of great essence here. Try to create a schedule for your kid that is a mix of regimental as well as liberal. The schools might be shut but discipline can’t be overlooked so create a proper timeline for your child to wake up, eat, do homework, take extracurricular break, etc. This schedule will also help your little ones take responsibility for themselves.
There has to be a separate space for your child to attend classes, complete homework/assignments, and complete other activities. This approach to fix one spot will not only help them gain focus but also stop them from scattering through the house aimlessly studying/playing in different corners.
Just because they are physically not in school, doesn’t mean that they don’t need breaks anymore. Every class, be it academic or extracurricular, demands a break. Besides, now that they are glued to screens (laptops, in most cases), they shouldn’t strain at all. it’s imperative that they take digital breaks to clear their heads and rest their eyes from time to time.
In school, kids tend to receive affirmative reinforcement from their teachers and peers. At home, it’s necessary to replicate this much-needed ambiance. Whenever you notice that your child has done something appreciative, do let them know. It could be anything from cracking a quiz or learning a Hip-Hop step. This method helps them build confidence and continue working on themselves.
In some cases, virtual classes isolate kids and drain them out. A fine way to reinstate some balance of camaraderie and learning could be engaging them in extracurricular pursuits. For example, an online class for yoga, or an interesting workshop over the weekend, will strengthen your child’s concentration and skills (respectively) while making them feel a part of a young community.
Apart from extracurricular learnings, kids should also be around other kids even if it has to be done virtually. Set up ‘play time’ with their friends. On the academic side, group learning activities can be fun too. If possible, set up GK quizzes or such fun activities that your kids and their friends would love to be a part of.
Don’t forget yourself
Always remember that you are a major part of your child’s upbringing so, try to make plans for yourself too. Your child might be learning new things online but you will be more effective in their progress if you don’t lag at your own work. Prioritise what’s important for the day and the week. Similarly, stay a few steps ahead by connecting with your child’s teachers and friends’ parents from time to time to exchange notes and learnings.
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