Kendall Hunt Publishing

Let's Talk About Virtual Learning!

October 30, 2020

By: Kendall Hunt

Some students have returned to in-person learning with masks and social distancing guidelines put in place, while others continue to learn from home this school year through virtual learning. Both scenarios come with new and unique challenges, and as always, educators are rising to the challenge.

As teachers and families navigate the new norms that virtual learning has presented, we want to remind you that you are not alone! Below are 5 tips to share with your classroom parents or to keep in mind for yourself to help make this school year less stressful:

  1. Create a space for your child. It’s important to have a quiet, clutter-free space for daily learning. Work to create a space away from distractions, with ample lighting, and supplies needed.
  2. Make a schedule. We are creatures of habit! Set a wake-up time in the morning, a breakfast time, and a school start time. Throughout the day, make sure to stick to as much of a “school day” routine as possible.  This will help with learning at home but will also be beneficial when everyone gets to go back to school.
  3. Use a calendar with color-coding. It’s important to set up a system that will help your child stay on top of tasks. If you have access to one, hang up a calendar or whiteboard by the desk area and help your child write down due dates for homework. Color-coding with either different color markers/pens or post-it notes will make it visually easy to see what is due and when.
  4. Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity is a natural way to reduce stress and prevent anxiety. The more we move and get our heart rate up, the more clearly we can think and problem solve.
  5. Be patient. Don’t worry if what you’re doing isn’t working initially. Evaluate if you need to switch things up or try something new. Even if you’ve been at this for a couple of months now, it’s never too late for improvement!

Check out our full list of resources curated for both educators and families here.