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How you can help your kids cope and thrive amid remote learning

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Although Palm Springs and the rest of the country are seemingly on track to seeing the end of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic thanks to vaccines being released by numerous pharmaceutical companies, the changes to everyday life remain to be seen.

Among these is attending school remotely. Almost one year in, the impact of online learning or remote learning—both positive and the negative—continues to be hard to gauge, but what many can agree on is it hasn’t been the easiest thing to transition to.

This is particularly true with children, given that they are in early stages of development and the simple matter that they are kids with high levels of energy. Adjusting to this new normal in Palm Springs is surely not the easiest for parents either, especially for those working from home themselves.

Do you want to make sure the learning experience is optimal for your kids even while at home? Consider the following to make the experience more fruitful than frustrating for them (and you).

First, what is remote learning?

While sometimes confused for e-learning, remote learning is actually different.
Remote learning involves teachers and students moving the classes that are commonly done in-person to a digital set-up, while e-learning is designed specifically for digital.

Given how remote learning is mostly transferring learning developed for a classroom setting to a digital one, it is understandable how kids can find it difficult to cope with.

Keep in constant contact

A child’s learning has always been a joint effort between teachers and parents, but now more than ever, parents have been needing to take an expanded and more active role in educating their kids. Remote teaching is also as unfamiliar to some teachers as remote learning is to the students.

With that said, it is best to keep in touch with teachers, and learn to openly discuss any challenges or concerns you come across. By keeping in contact with them, needed improvements in the remote learning set-up can be met sooner, which helps make the overall experience better for your kids.

Remember to take breaks

It is important to remember that just like with work, screen time does not always equate to time being productive. Being in front of a computer, no matter how much kids these days love digital, can be fatiguing, so it is important to shift into non-screen activities to take a breather. Research has shown that kids work best in 30-minute intervals, and younger children at even shorter time at 15-20 minutes.

Taking a break in between would help them refocus, as well as use some of the physical energy abundant in young people. These breaks from the screen need not be too complex, and can range from walking up and down the stairs or to the mailbox, or even involve chores like arranging their books or toys.

Establish a designated learning space

One of the reasons why it is sometimes difficult to adjust to remote learning is that the separation between school and home is gone. The stresses of learning can follow kids long after the school day is over because they experienced it at home, making it difficult to resume the next day because, being at home, it’s as if the previous school day hadn’t ended.

By setting up a space that is designated purely for learning and nothing more, you get some form of separation between learning time and home time. This need not be an entire room, and can be as simple as a table in the corner of the home that is off limits when not used for school.

In search of a more spacious home that is more accommodating to your family’s remote learning or working needs? Chat with John Butler today at 760.844.7500 or send him an email at AmazingDesertHomes(at)gmail(dotted)com for more information about real estate options in Palm Springs, CA.