The Corona pandemic has shown that learning at a distance and over the Internet is more difficult for some children than others. There are various reasons for this: Some students are more easily distracted at home or lack guidance from the teacher. In some families there is no quiet place to study or the necessary technical equipment is lacking. Read more in our article “Homeschooling – when the technology is missing“.
Some parents work from home, others have to go to work. Not everywhere does every child have their own room. Younger siblings can’t go to daycare and interfere with learning. Teachers are not always available, so your child will have to rely on themselves, parents or siblings…. There are many different situations where children may need to learn from home during the pandemic.
Many schools and teachers have now adapted to this, making distance learning work better. Nevertheless, there are students who are less able to concentrate at home. This doesn’t always have to do with interference from others. You may miss the walk to school in the morning and the change of location while learning. Home was previously more of a place where you could play and switch off.
Some parents are not able to provide sufficient support, for example because
Remember, you are a parent, not your child’s teacher. That’s why your son or daughter behaves differently when learning at home than at school. However, there are still ways you can support your child.
Some schools offer children the opportunity to retreat alone in an empty classroom. Check with your school to see if this is possible.
It may be easier for your child if someone else, rather than you, helps with the learning at home. Perhaps you have a retired teacher or a dedicated student in the neighborhood who can assist. The Corona School places students online to help children and teens learn.
Some states offer special tutoring during the vacations to catch up on learning. The best way to find out is to check the state’s websites and ask at your school.