4 Ways to Support Your Child During Virtual Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult to navigate — especially for parents, teachers, and children. At Doherty Insurance, our hearts go out to everyone as we enter a new school year. Here in the Merrimack Valley, most schools are offering a Hybrid Learning Model along with a Remote Academy for families who choose to learn remotely.

To help balance work, school, and home life, we put together tips and insights that will help set you and your children up for success as we go back to school.

Set Up A Designated Work Space in Your Home

A designated work space is essential for working and learning from home. If your child thrives in quiet work environments, make sure they have a desk and comfortable chair in their room. If they need more interaction, or hands-on accountability, a desk or table in the living room or kitchen may be a better option. No matter what the workspace looks like, make sure your child has easy access to the materials and supplies that they will need to work efficiently.

Build a Schedule

One of the biggest drawbacks of virtual learning is the flexibility that it offers. In traditional classrooms, structure is considered the key to success. Students in virtual courses need to build their own routines and manage their time effectively to stay on track. Having a well thought-out daily schedule is necessary, and parents can be a huge help in implementing it.

Before the school year begins, sit down and discuss what your child is responsible for accomplishing in their virtual courses daily and weekly, how long it will take, and what other commitments they may need to consider. Once you’ve discussed goals, writing out a weekly schedule and designating work time for online classes is necessary. Be sure to place the schedule in a noticeable place, like on the refrigerator or bulletin board, to help keep your child accountable.

Learn the Online Platform

Parents, take the time to get familiar with the online program your school district is using. This means understanding what it looks like, how your child is using it, and what resources are available through this platform.

Many virtual courses provide a parent portal, which will help you monitor your child’s progress. If the virtual program offers any materials or guides specifically for parents, take the time to read them through. Knowing the program will help parents have a better understanding of how to help their child’s progress and how parents can effectively support their child.

Build a Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

Teachers are a parent’s primary teammate in supporting children through their coursework. Nearly all virtual courses require a certain amount of communication between teachers and students, but teachers are also available to assist parents. Reach out to teachers if a child is falling behind, or simply to introduce yourself and how you imagine communicating will be. If you have questions, ask — and share successes! When a student reaches a goal, share with their teacher. A child will like having the positive feedback coming from multiple angles.

Schools have been planning, preparing, and training staff on strategies to support parents and students — and by thoughtfully implementing some of the strategies above, parents can help their child be successful in this new educational environment. At Doherty Insurance, we are here for you. Please reach out with any questions via our website or at 978-475-0260. 


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