Virtual Learning is a new experience for many. It is not easy for parents to convert their homes into classrooms and monitor students all day when they are used to being at school. This is a stressful time for everyone, but you can help your child by providing structure, routine and being a positive force in their education. 

Here are five tips for parents to help successfully navigate virtual learning. 

  1. Set (and keep) a schedule

Students have a set schedule while they are in school. The closer this is to the school schedule, the easier it will be on everyone. Keep sleep schedules as consistent as possible. Once you have found a schedule that works for your family, stick to it! 

  1. Provide an environment conducive to learning

This is sometimes difficult. Students associate home with rest and relaxation. Providing your child with a table to desk to work at will get them in the mindset of learning. Limiting distractions is also a way to provide an environment that is conducive to learning. 

3. Don’t teach- help them understand

It is important to let students attempt tasks assigned on their own, before parents jump in to help. Helping your child understand content taught at school will vary by grade level. Students in lower grades will need more help than students in upper elementary, middle and high school. Parents can help their children without teaching them the content. Leave that part to the teachers. 

4. Organize the learning environment

Before students sign on to their virtual class, they should have all materials that are needed to get the work done. Parents can help their students by providing a place for everything and a calendar or planner to keep students on track with deadlines and due dates. 

5. Check in with students

At the end of the virtual learning day, it is important to check in with your child. This will help students not fall behind on completing assignments. Ask questions such as “What went well today”? And “What did you struggle with today?” Parents should not take for granted that students (especially older ones) are in their home learning spaces completing all their assignments. Checking will help to keep them accountable.

Leah Bent

Math Teacher and Director of Teaching and Learning