When parents, teachers, and other family and community members work together to inspire and nurture children, they learn better. This fundamental truth directs our decisions about how schools will be structured and how children will be educated. Schools cannot meet any of a child’s developmental needs on their own: The active participation of parents, as well as community support, is important.
The importance of a good relationship between schools and families in the education of children is quite obvious. This relationship is normal and easy to maintain. Teachers and parents are often neighbors, and there are many opportunities to discuss a child’s development. Comer and Haynes 2017 cite that teachers and parents play a very pivotal role in the lives of the children. They are the people whom they spend most of their time with, and their harmonious relationship has a big influence on the performance of the children.
However, in today’s present situation, it is apparent that parents assist their children full-time during the learning process and support them in virtual learning activities through different learning modalities that the Department of Education (DepEd) employed. On that note, this article aims to support parents and other caregivers in assisting children in adapting to the many challenges that this new normal education offers. This article is also intended to provide general information rather than medical advice or recommendations.
- Set standards and build routines
It is critical to developing healthy habits right away. Make a versatile routine and discuss how well it is functioning over time. Break up your days into manageable chunks. Assist students in getting up, dressed, and ready to learn promptly. Maintain standard bedtime rituals, including digital interface rules.
- Choose a healthy learning environment
For extended periods, your family’s daily learning space for occasional homework will not work. Create a physical space devoted to school-related events. Make sure it is quiet, free of noise, and connected to the internet. Make sure the online learning is being monitored by an adult. Keep doors open and use appropriate digital safety practices.
- Keep in touch
Teachers will primarily interact through our online platforms and virtual learning environments on a regular basis. Ascertain that everyone understands how to obtain the assistance they need to be effective, maintain communication with classroom and support teachers, school leaders, and counselors, but be mindful that responses can take a day or two.
- Encourage students ‘own’ learning
In children’s education, no one expects parents to be full-time educators or subject matter experts. Encourage and assist your children, and keep them responsible for their actions. Struggling is both appropriate and desirable! Do not go too far in assisting your children. To become self-sufficient, you must put in a lot of time and effort.
- Begin and end the day by checking-in
Distance learning does not fit all students; some struggle with too much flexibility or a lack of structure. Always check your children’s performance tasks and activities before and after the class hour. These check-in routines will help you prevent issues and disappointments later on regarding their difficulties encountered. This process will assist students in learning life skills such as self-management and executive functioning. Parents make excellent life coaches.
- Set aside time for meditation or reflection
It’s important to arrange some time for peace for families with children of various ages, as well as parents who might be working from home more often than normal. To prevent distractions, siblings may need to work in separate quarters. Many families would have to discuss device connectivity, wi-fi bandwidth priorities, and schedules during the day.
- Encourage fitness and physical activity
We all need some space to let off steam if we’re living and working at home. Moving (both individually and as a family) is important for good health, well-being, and school readiness. With interactive workouts and online coaches, it is a perfect way to practice exercising “alone together.” Set new exercise goals and devise hands-on, life-ready activities to keep your hands occupied, your feet going, and your mind active.
Given the current situation of this new normal education, concentrating on the child’s well-being would be critical, especially during the learning process. This educational crisis is a big “adjustment,” and this year’s obstacles are unparalleled. Children have a better foundation to learn when they have consistent routines, feel cared for, and are healthy. It will be important to ensure that the curriculum is balanced and recognized the value of ensuring children’s well-being.
Parents are doing various tasks while working hard. Parents who remember to be kind and compassionate with themselves and seek help when they need it will better care for their children and model healthy coping strategies.
While no one knows for sure how long distance-only learning will continue, we know it will not last forever. As parents, we should know our crucial role in the home-school team of this new normal education. We should be reminded that adult actions and attitudes set the stage for children and young people, so it is important to express calm, trust, and hope that we can get through the crisis together. Managing our emotions will assist our children in keeping their focus on learning. ###