Online learning has become the standard format of this school year—here’s how to get in some offline learning, too.
Online learning presents all sorts of new challenges: kids won’t be in classrooms, they’ll be on their own more, and they’ll be on screens more. With classes being conducted via Zoom or Google Classrooms, it might not be the best way for all kids to learn—after all, everyone has a different way of learning. Here are some tips and ideas to help kids adjust to new digital study skills and some ideas for how to take studying offline.
Create a Study Space
Similar to how a classroom is set up specifically to encourage learning, dedicate a space somewhere in your home to be your kids new online learning “classroom.” Encourage your kid to take an active role in creating the space to personalize it and make them feel comfortable. This may help them feel like it’s a place they want to be. A desk, comfy chair, some reference books, and maybe some pictures or study boards will help them focus.
Write It Down
A lot of parents these days grew up just before screens became the predominant form of education. Homework was done with pen and paper and tests were taken by hand. While tests might have moved online, studying doesn’t have to. Flashcards are a great way to help kids learn new concepts. By teaching kids how to make flash cards from the subjects they’re learning, it can help imprint information and improve memory, while providing them some offline time to process information and learn more clearly. Take some time to help your kids write the cards and then quiz them with the cards—you can even make it a little game! And even though they might be taking classes online, make sure they have plenty of notebooks and a pen or pencil to take notes by hand—notebooks never slowdown or crash.
Some kids absorb best when they can listen. Educational podcasts like Stories Podcast, Circle Round, and Brains On are great resources to help expand kids’ knowledge base. They’re also great at encouraging kids to do more extracurricular research, and might even get your kid hooked on wanting to learn more about a particular subject. Podcasts are a way to fill in class time gaps or pass the time when doing chores like washing dishes, cleaning, or yard work, so kids can double up on getting chores done while learning something new.
Let Kids be the Teachers
Another way for kids to learn is to relay information to someone else. Whether it’s a history project, a crash course on multiplication tables (who couldn’t use a brush up, anyway?), or a book review, having kids give a presentation can help them develop valuable skills, such as preparation, presenting, and public speaking. Get creative with the audience, too, as it can just be you and your kid, siblings or friends, some stuffed animals, or hopping on a video call with family. Presenting to an audience will help them grow and learn.
Set up for Success, Offline
Encouraging kids to practice studying offline doesn’t only help develop new skill sets, but also gives them a chance to absorb more of what they’ve learned in a slower, more methodical way.
Adding Circle to your household can also help keep screen time in check, like setting filters on certain websites so your kids don’t get distracted from their online schoolwork, and keep their after school screen time to a minimum so entire evenings aren’t spent online.
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