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How to Help Your Child Thrive in a Virtual Learning Environment

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There are many reasons you might choose to provide your child with a virtual education. Whether you select a distance learning experience due to health issues, learning challenges, or regular travel, a remote education can provide a highly robust foundation for your child at any age.

Distance learning provides a consistent experience and ensures your child is guided by professionals throughout their education. As parents, there are lots of things you can do to maximize the benefits of a virtual learning environment, even for older children in middle school and high school.

Benefits of Remote Learning

Remote learning environments can offer students a unique, challenging, and highly fulfilling educational experience.

Remote learning with one-on-one teachers allows your child to learn at their own pace towards their own academic goals, regardless of whether that means a faster or slower pace than traditional in-person schooling.

Children who learn remotely also cultivate a high level of independence and problem solving skills. This includes self-organization and time management skills.

Distance Learning Tips for Parents

Here are some tips on helping your child to get the most out of their remote education experience:

Establish a routine.

Traditional in-person schooling is built around an established routine. Students know exactly where they need to be and for how long. Routines can have a calming effect and create a more responsive state of mind in your child throughout the school day.

For this reason, it’s important to establish and maintain a routine for distance learning, including:

  • Their wake-up time
  • How they prepare for the school day
  • When they take breaks
  • Homework/learning times

The idea is to create a routine that mimics in-person schooling as closely as possible so your child is ready to learn and engage as much as possible with learning content.

Create a distraction-free learning environment.

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Similarly, a dedicated school space in the home helps to keep your kids focused. Wherever possible, the space should be:

  • Free of excess clutter
  • Filled with natural light
  • Separate from areas used for recreation
  • Equipped with everything they’ll need for the school day

In terms of seating, try to avoid their bed or a sofa. A solid but comfortable chair and flat desk space help to promote attentiveness and concentration.

Don't forget the importance of physical activity.

It can be so easy for kids to spend all day inside, especially in an online learning environment. During your kids' regular breaks, encourage them to spend time outside and get some fresh air. This could be a walk around the block or spending a few minutes in the backyard playing with a pet.

Physical exercise can help to recharge the brain and refocus the mind when it’s time to get back to virtual classes or sit down for homework time. It also allows your child to burn off excess energy and relieve stress.

Encourage socializing with children their own age.

Socialization is critically important for children. It builds confidence and teaches them essential skills. Even if your kid has reached high school, there are lots of things you can do to help them meet new people their own age.

Try to source local sports teams or hobby-based activities that your child would enjoy to ease them into meeting new friends. You could even try organizing a study group on a particular subject.

Provide opportunities for breaks.

Breaks are an essential component of the learning experience. During your child’s “downtime,” their brains are busy consolidating what they have learned and forming memories. This state of mind should be engaged regularly throughout the day to boost the results of learning at home.

Think about how often a mini break might occur in a traditional school environment. Kids move between classrooms, go to the restroom, and have the opportunity to disengage for a few minutes. Try to incorporate several of these “brain breaks” throughout the day for your child.

Lydian Academy Will Help Support Your Child

At Lydian Academy, we believe in providing one-one-one instruction that caters to your child’s exact needs in a trusting, supportive learning atmosphere. To enroll your child immediately, schedule a visit to one of our locations, or learn more about our virtual learning options, contact us today at (650) 321-0550.

We offer a unique year-round one-on-one learning experience, personalized to you and your schedule.

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