In addition to teachers and parents, the current situation is stressful for children. The following tips are great for sending to schoolchildren aged 8-15 who are currently distance studying.
- It is perfectly normal for schoolwork to seem difficult at first. This does not mean that you cannot cope with distance learning – it is difficult at first for many children, but also for teachers and parents! Learning must be a small effort. If you have a bit of a hard start, you have to work hard to learn, so learning works – you get smarter!
- Take your time, read the texts several times. A good trick is to read difficult texts or assignments loudly. It helps to understand better what you read and remember it more easily.
- Make a daily schedule for yourself and try to keep it to yourself. The agenda should start with a timely waking up and end with a good time at bedtime. Learning time could alternate with resting, eating and moving around, both indoors and out. Don’t think it’s better to do all school work in a row and then eat, rest or move! Moving gives you new energy, helps you concentrate your thoughts, and lets you remember what you have learned so far. It is important to eat properly three times a day, and in the meantime snacks (such as apples or other fruits). You can’t be with others right now, but you still have to go outside in the fresh air. For example, playing in your yard or walking with a dog – go for longer walks, visit new places or streets.
- Do not postpone learning, but do it at the times scheduled in the agenda. Take on more difficult tasks first. Iti s easier for our brain to learn in the morning, after a long rest. It is nice to spend the day ahead when the more complicated tasks are done.
- Ask the teacher for help. No student should be afraid to let their teacher know if a task is difficult or incomprehensible. It is the teacher’s job to help and support children in learning! So feel free to email the teacher through the communication channel agreed in your class and ask for help. Dare to write to the teacher even if it takes more time than planned to submit the work. Make an agreement with the teacher when to submit the work.
- Let the teacher know how you are doing. The teacher is also in a completely new situation. She or He may not immediately assess correctly whether the tasks he has sent during distance learning are suitable, too easy or too difficult. Help the teacher, give her or him feedback.
- If you are tired of studying, take a short break. However, if the study takes place via screens, do not spend time resting in front of the screen. Instead, rest your eyes: look out of the window, play with a pet, ventilate the room, put together some puzzles or Legos. Stretching for a while is also good, because sitting behind the table in one position tires your body. Also do gymnastics and stretching exercises.
- Be kind to your sisters and brothers. While you are constantly at home, quarrels can arise. Try to be friendly and kind to each other. If you feel upset or angry, go to another room for a while before you start beating or insulting your sibling. Come back when you feel calm. To avoid quarrels over the computer, make your agendas together: write down when the computer is in the use of one child and the other.
- Call your grandmother, grandfather and friends, but don’t meet them. It is difficult for all of us at the moment that we cannot go home, visit grandparents or be with friends. But now, staying in isolation is very important. Even if you think you and your friend are both healthy, you can still infect each other with the coronavirus. Some people may have the virus without knowing it themselves – fever and cough may not have yet occurred. Fortunately, there are many ways to connect with friends and grandparents today: phone, Messenger, and more. Talk to each other – what you think and feel, what you are afraid of, how you are doing distance learning, what you do at home in your free time, tell jokes and anecdotes.
- Talk honestly with your parents. Sometimes everyone fears, but sometimes we don’t want to admit it to another. Maybe your mom and dad, grandma and grandpa can’t ask you how you feel. Or they won’t come to tell you what they’re thinking and feeling right now. Start the conversation yourself! For example, you could say, “I’m afraid because…” or “I’m worried about….” It shows you to be smart and analytical!
- When you get bored at home, think about what you’ve always wanted to do? Want to read more books? Read now! Maybe you wanted to try creating music or art? Now is the time to do it! You may want to work out and get stronger – there are a lot of home workout videos on the internet. It is always helpful to do something together with your family. If mom-dad or siblings haven’t suggested any activities and you’re bored, suggest something nice yourself. For example, playing a boardgame together, building Lego or putting puzzles together, cooking something new together.
- Reward yourself for successful learning or coping with your daily routine, especially on Friday for a successful week – you did well with distance learning! The prize can be a little treat, a nice movie or something else that you can agree with your parents.
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