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Virtual Learning Tips: Preparing Your Kid, Home and Environment for Online School

Once a rarity in public schools, virtual learning is now a commonly available option for educating students of all age groups. Online learning offers numerous tangible benefits like cost and time savings, but may not always be the best option for all learners.

Although virtual learning may not be for everyone, its rapid expansion means it’s here to stay, whether as the sole educational option or as part of a hybrid approach. Let’s explore some online learning tips to set up your child for success when they must participate in virtual learning.

How to Set Up Your Home for Virtual Learning

    • Create an environment for learning – If your student must attend online school, it’s critical to create an environment that encourages learning. This means setting up a designated space for your child to work and engage with virtual lessons while minimizing distractions such as smartphones, television, and toys. If feasible, clear an entire room for learning as students do best when there is a clear distinction between home/relaxation and school/work. But even creating a clutter-free, quiet corner as a designated school space can make a difference.
    • Proper supplies – A good computer is essential for a virtual learning setup, but many classic school supplies remain important items to have on hand. Notepaper, pens and pencils, markers or crayons, highlighters, rulers, and construction paper may also be necessary for particular projects and classes. Additionally, it won’t hurt to have a good water bottle and occasional snack within reach throughout the day.
    • Create a consistent schedule – A proper routine is a recipe for success — particularly with school. Research shows students with higher GPAs are better at time management. That translates into a consistent schedule that includes a regular wake-up time and start time for schoolwork. In creating your child’s schedule, observe when they are most engaged and focused. Some kids are more focused and engaged in the morning, some can only focus for short bursts at a time. Craft a schedule that sets up your student for success.
    • Boost your internet speed – Online learning is infinitely more challenging without a fast, consistent internet connection. Upgrade your internet speed to ensure your kids don’t experience any frustrating lags or connection issues, especially if you work from home in tandem. If your speed is up to par but you’re seeing some hiccups, contact your internet provider to discuss options and consider a new Wi-Fi router or modem.

Tips for Online Learning: Don’t Forget the Breaks

The physical space, proper supplies, a consistent schedule, and fast internet are vital pieces to your child’s virtual learning setup. However, with added screen time and excess sitting, it’s also critical to bake in regular breaks for your child. Don’t forget these breaks:

    • Mental breaks – Because of the added amount of screen time required with online learning, children may lose focus more quickly as the day passes. To alleviate potential headaches, eye strain, and other mental drains from extra screen time, schedule mental breaks for your kids between classes or lessons.
    • Physical breaks – Repeated physical activity contributes to improved focus and attention. It also can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Be sure to incorporate some sort of regular physical breaks throughout the day.
    • Meal breaks – Your child should eat a good breakfast before logging on and take a lunch break to get away from their computer during the day. This ensures your child focuses on properly fueling their bodies and minds rather than trying to juggle a meal and work simultaneously. Plus, like other types of breaks, purposely eating a meal away from your desk can ease stress and help replenish a child’s focus to make it through the rest of the day.

Making Space for Virtual Learning: Find Self-Storage

To accommodate your child’s virtual learning needs, you may have excess items you don’t have space for in your home. If that’s the case, a self-storage unit can make sense to store and organize those extra items. Find Storage West locations in ArizonaCaliforniaNevada, and Texas.

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