E-learning Isn't Easy

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If you’re learning to multiply fractions for the first time in decades, you’re in good company. E-learning has parents everywhere stressed out, as we try to navigate our own jobs while also becoming substitute teachers of sorts for children in multiple grades.

Ultimately, no one in the school system expects your child to have a home experience that even remotely compares to what they would be doing in school. And frankly, that’s not what many kids need right now. At a time when they can’t see extended family, practice their usual sports or wind down at their favorite pizza joint, plenty of kids need more emotional cushion than academic rigor.

Balancing the demands coming from your child’s school with e-learning can be difficult, but don’t hesitate to communicate with your child’s teacher about making the changes your family needs.

  • Consider breaking up schoolwork into small chunks. Smaller children, in particular, might not sit nicely through a 60-minute lesson plan. Try working for 15 minutes, then taking a play break before diving into a new subject matter.
  • Teach your child. Indeed, educators are trained to teach children. But now? In a time of crisis? Their normal curriculum might not be appropriate for your child. You know your kid better than anyone – if the structure and busy work help him get through the day, do that. If hands-on activities like gardening will calm her, try to make lessons out of the everyday things you do.
  • When in doubt, read. If you can do nothing else, read books with your children. Some families don’t have internet. Some don’t have computers. Some simply don’t have the expertise to follow through with lesson plans. That’s okay – when all else fails, just read.
  • Keep a sense of humor. There are a lot of funny memes and videos out there right now, finding the humor in the situation we are all facing. Let yourself enjoy them and laugh at the funny moments in your home, too.