Virtual learning brings a lot of uncertainties with it. It is imperative to prioritize the education of your children in such tough times. Keeping your child motivated during virtual learning is essential. As is keeping them on a consistent schedule and ensuring they spend the appropriate amount of time on their learning. It might be difficult for children to stay engaged and motivated when preschool is conducted exclusively online. Staying on target, let alone motivated, is crucial (and often challenging) for toddlers.
Here are some tips to keep your toddler motivated during virtual learning:
- Have an Open and Positive Mindset
It is critical for all of us, parents, teachers, and students, to accept the new learning environment with an open mind and a positive attitude. You will need to take some time off to settle your child in a virtual class. Just as you would in a physical school setting. Allow enough time for yourself, the teacher, and your child to adapt to the online learning environment. You may need to sit next to the child for a few days before gradually weaning off. Attempt to motivate your child and avoid entrusting this task to a grandparent or anybody else. The appropriate start will ensure that the online learning process is stress-free.
- Having a physical space without distracting elements
The space that your kid sits in, to study, is significant and relevant. Virtual learning requires a study environment that supports learning behavior.
Make sure the location where your children are learning online is clean. There should be a comfortable seating arrangement before allowing them to do so. You may turn a room or even a tiny space into an online learning environment. Do so by removing all potential distractions and keeping their books and resources close at hand to help them learn. It would also be wonderful if the kids had their own workstation if at all possible. This aids in keeping their belongings organized and allows them to concentrate more effectively.
- Establish structure and routine
Sticking to a routine is critical because it gives the steadiness that youngsters require to keep working. It also makes them less likely to go, renegade. It’s more likely that expectations will be met when they’re set. Routines can also assist youngsters in reducing stress, forming healthy habits, being more productive, and feeling more focused. It has been proved that children learn from their parents. As a result, you must establish a routine for yourself and set an example for your child. All you need to do here is put in a little effort to establish a healthy foundation for your youngster.
- Give your toddler (and yourself) a break.
Learning should not annoy or frustrate your child. Every teacher wants that too. Teachers, in reality, spend the majority of their time attempting to make their classes entertaining. It’s entirely normal to stop an activity and give your child a break if something is too difficult or uninteresting for them. It’s also fine to go at a slower speed, which allows your toddler to think and assimilate information. It also entails taking small chunks of information at a time rather than attempting to complete an entire subject in one sitting.
- Encourage movement.
Toddlers require frequent physical activity throughout the day. Allow time for your youngster to exercise before he or she is expected to concentrate on virtual schooling. When standing, some youngsters are able to concentrate better on their duties. To allow your youngster to stand, place your computer or tablet on a raised surface.
When a child is unable to concentrate, being excessively strict or furious is not the best thing to do. It is critical for parents to have patience. This helps to ensure that their children have a favorable learning experience.
- Remember that we’re all in this together
Children, depending on their age, are likely to be aware of the Coronavirus pandemic and the public health risks that it has brought. Remind your children that by learning online at home rather than in large groups at school, they are helping to curb the spread of the illness. Disruptions to children’s normal school experiences are occurring across the country and around the world. They must realize that virtual learning is one manner in which youngsters can currently assist in caring for others.
Making sure your kid is comfortable is the best approach to get them to love virtual learning. You can concentrate on learning when you are at ease. Toddlers require a great deal of comfort because they are still learning how the world works and how to interact with others.
Parents have faced numerous hardships as a result of the pandemic. Nonetheless, we believe that our modest efforts to address your parenting concerns are worthwhile. Keep the learning active & fun!