As we continue to support our children’s development through remote learning, here are a few tips to enhance your children’s remote learning experience through creating structure.
Structure is important to children and can create a sense of normalcy, familiarity and routine. Children feel secure and comfortable when they know what is about to happen and can predict their day. Creating routines also help children to develop a sense of independence as knowing what to expect in their day, children can take actions without being told or prompted by their caregivers. Additionally, structure is particularly helpful for some children with developmental disorders, such as Autism, as routines help them to know what they should expect at each point of the day and therefore, creating a safe and secure environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways, and for children, this means a disruption in their familiar school routine. For some children, a disruption in this routine and create and anxiety which can impact their emotional, physical and academic development. Creating structure for children at home that resembles their school routine before COVID-19 can help children you are having challenges with remote learning. Here are a few tips:
- Night/Sleep Routines – although children are at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, nighttime routines that include set time for bed should be continued. Children need adequate sleeping times to learn and grow. Week nights, when school is still in session, should continue to be school nights where children are required to go to bed early to get enough sleep for the next school day.
- Morning Routines – this includes waking up and preparation for school times where children complete activities to prepare them for school. Eating breakfast, showering, and brushing teeth are all activities that children would do before heading off to school. Creating structure for your children involve maintaining these same activities as children participate in remote learning.
- Break Times – children are known for their short attention span. Taking breaks during remote learning can be helpful to your children. According to some experts, children learn best in 30 minutes increments, while younger children need to shift activities every 15 to 20 minutes. Children’s learning can be better supported if they take the necessary breaks during their remote learning. Additionally, breaks can follow the structure of their normal school day. Besides snack and lunch breaks, breaks could include movements or physical activities where children are encouraged to be active. As children are often seated in front of a computer or television screen during remote learning, movement breaks such as jumping, walking, going up and down stairs, could be a little pause during the day to reset your child’s focus and help with their physical activity.
Do you have any tips for remote learning you would like to share? Send us a comment to let us know how you are enhancing your children’s remote learning experience.