Here are 10 tips ESL gathered to help parents and students navigate the new realities of learning at home.
1. Digital Quarantine
Set a “gadget time-out” to limit your child’s use of cellphones and tablet until school is done so it can receive their undivided attention. Give your kids a dedicated laptop or computer for maximum online learning.
2. Make Space for Learning
Your children will use this corner or space for the whole school year, your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable environment and dedicated space devoted to learning. Ensure it will provide comfort and can promote good posture by choosing the right size of table and chair.
3. Monitor the Monitor
It is important to confirm if your children are indeed learning. Observe your child if they are following along the screen or if they are zoning out. Ask questions at the end of a lesson. Inform ESL if the child is not engaging with the lessons. Technical problems such as bad audio, poor connection or an unhelpful camera angle can make all the difference.
4. Digital Recess
Take physical activity and time away from screen. Set alarms and encourage them to get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk or bike ride or have snacks.
In-person interaction is ideal for kids, but since it cannot be done, encourage your child to video chat or text message someone. ESL has group classes that can help your child communicate with other learners. Give your child an avenue to communicate to friends and discuss how much time they can spend on-screen.
6. Keep it Old School
Encourage print and book reading. Print materials can be requested and provided at ESL’s Online Learning Programs. Stimulate self-expression by having discussions with your children about what they are doing.
7. We're All in This Together
You’re not alone in this journey. Check in with other parents, share your concerns and useful hints. ESL offers support from Monday to Friday, reach out to us. It is important that we all work together as a community.
8. Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Good planning can relieve stress. Have a written schedule for the day and for the week as a whole. ESL provides learners with their own calendar making planning stress-free for parents. Prioritize, accomplish task, set and meet deadline. Offer incentives for healthy behavior.
9. This Ain't No Vacation
Staying at home might feel like a holiday but remnd your kids that they’re not on vacation. Study time, homework and assessment tests must be accomplished.
10. Don't Forget to Have Fun
It’s rare for parents and children to have this much time together so turn it into an opportunity for bonding!
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ESL Learning Center offers programs for students of all ages. Beginning on early years, age 1 year and 8 months old, toddlers attend ESL Language Development class which uses a combination of progressive preschool and Montessori approach.