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Online Learning: A new normal for schooling your children

To prevent the spread of the virus COVID-19, almost all countries all over the world decided to transition into online schooling to keep their children learning while at home. This is also considered a form of Social Distancing to slow down the increasing numbers of infected people and also help our Health Care system cope up with the sickness and deaths from the pandemic happening.

There's always imposing a great challenge in this transition especially to those who are not well off. We got the convenience of having technology take over us in this time of the pandemic, but what about those who are less fortunate? How can they still study at home if they don't have any gadgets to use or an internet connection?

They said that Online learning is the "new normal", but not everyone has the luxury to have their education continued. How can we help them and what other things can we do to help prevent the spread of the virus, so that we can go back to our old lives?

Learning through Modules.

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We used to have a fair discussion at school when we were still on the face-to-face system, but when this pandemic started, all of the students were prompted to study at home. They are lucky to have the luxury of having gadgets and internet at home. Good thing the school teachers always have a backup plan for those who are not fortunate enough. They have created these Learning Modules! This is like a small activity book wherein students can use especially those who have no access to the internet.

Some teachers prefer to do it themselves to better explain the lessons they are supposed to be having inside the school. With this module, everyone now has the capability of continuing their studies at home.

Side-by-side learning together with parents.

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In the old times, learning at school was great! The students get to interact with each other, and the teachers can easily teach and clarify information that is unclear to the students because it is face-to-face learning. We cannot deny that there's been a delay in the learning phase nowadays because there are a lot of distractions that can happen when you are at home.

As a parent, this poses a great worry, and they might be unable to understand things at all. Being a parent is a big responsibility, this includes that we need to make sure that proper education is being given to our children. Since a lot of us are at home, it would be best to observe and guide your children to help them stay focused and be able to learn while at home.

Some parents tend to do their children's assignments and projects to help their kids, but this gesture is not advisable, and we would not recommend it. For the students to learn more, they need to try on these things with themselves, and we need to be there just in case they got confused or lost with the lesson and not do it for them. Having our kids do their homework and projects will help develop their cognitive skills and easily work their way around things.

Maintain activities as a routine.

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Since Online Learning is a new thing to all of us, some people cannot cope up with what's happening all over the world. In this instance, here are some of the tips that we can recommend for you and your children that can help ease these negative feelings created by the pandemic.

Keep a routine: Having a daily routine will help the children get used to doing things daily. You can include activities like waking up an hour ahead of the online class schedule, having breakfast before class and checking the daily agendas on your kids' to-do list every day. This will help them be reminded of the things that they need to do before class.

Give them a comfortable studying place: Having your own space to study will reduce the percentage of having your child getting distracted resulting in them getting their full attention on their lessons and gaining more knowledge which will help them in their activities such as recitation, quizzes, exams and projects.

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Schedule for snacks and breaks: Since we are all in our home, parents can now make sure that their children are getting the best and nutritious food at home. Schedule 15-30 minute breaks for your kids to let them loosen up and freshen a bit and have their favourite and delicious snacks. This will help them ease some tension and gain more with their studies.

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Stick with their normal bedtime: Making sure that they are getting the things they have learned, we need to remember that getting a good night's sleep will help stimulate and process things in their brain which will help them a lot for tomorrow. Also, getting back the energy they have lost in today's activities.

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