No Matter How Your Child Is Learning this Fall Here’s How to Survive the Semester
Every parent and child is on a unique journey with school this year. Some of your children have been remote learning this semester. Some are in doing in-person school with masks. And some of you have opted to homeschool your child, perhaps for the first time.
No matter which education path you are one right now (and if you decided to just skip school this year, no one could blame you), it’s time for a check-in. How are you doing? How is your child doing? Is remote learning working? Is homeschool working?
Wherever you are, I want you to know even in the midst of a pandemic, you are doing a great job raising a great kid. You might be stressed about your child’s education this year. You may worry she isn’t getting what she needs or that she’ll fall behind, but let me assure you, kids are resilient, and kids are smart. They can learn in unusual circumstances and even if they aren’t learning as much as usual during this particular season, trust that they are getting exactly what they need.
Now that we are in the middle of the fall semester, I want to share a few tips and tricks to get you through the next few weeks.
If your child is remote learning…
This option is becoming more popular among parents, so you are definitely not alone in choosing to have your child learn remotely this year. According to a Gallop survey taken in May this year, 56% of parents said they preferred full-time in-person learning for their child. When surveyed again in July, only 36% of parents preferred this.
Now, as we might be entering a third wave of the virus, I suspect more and more parents will be choosing this option.
If your child is remote learning this fall, don’t forget to reach out to other parents for support.
You’ve probably heard about “learning pods,” the latest trend where parents are teaming up with other parents to form small groups where their children can learn together while being taught by a tutor. While this is a great way to ensure your child gets social time as well as one-on-one learning time, tutors for learning pods can be quite expensive and aren’t an option for many families.
Still, the idea of not doing virtual learning alone is a good principle to hold onto.
If you can’t afford a learning pod, consider other options. For example, do you have any fellow parents you could reach out to when you have questions or simply need to vent? If your work schedule allows, could you and your child safely meet up with one of her classmates to work through a subject that is particularly challenging for her?
You don’t have to hire a tutor to ensure your child has a positive online learning experience. Get creative, reach out to your community, and see what you can come up with together.