Parents have so much on their plates these days. One of the most difficult decisions they have had to make (and re-make) over the last couple of years is how their child or children will attend school - in-person or online.
For some families, remote learning has been preferred since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a choice the family opted for regardless of the ongoing school closures and reopeneing. and for many it has been a positive experience. For other families, it has been the exact opposite, causing nothing but stress, frustration and daily battles with their children, who are unhappy and uncomfortable being online.
We all know that what is going on with the education system at this time is far from perfect, and we know that online learning has some challenges…we’re parents and teachers, so we’ve experienced these challenges first-hand.
With online learning, children are expected to work more independently from home, while still receiving direction and guidance from teachers, as well as parents or caregivers. The important thing to focus on is that this online learning is providing our children the opportunity to still attend school, maintain learning momentum and learn and engage with their peers and teachers.
There is still a learning curve for students, teachers, and parents, and it can be overwhelming and frustrating for everyday despite honest best efforts being made. Students (and parents) may see new or unconventional teaching approaches and styles being tested by teachers as they try to determine how best to engage and teach their students.
For parents who are supporting their kids at home, they are ‘living’ their child’s school day each and every day, on top of their own job that they are trying to get done from home. Are you one of these parents? Do you feel like you’ve become your child’s administrative assistant, tech support and private tutor? We understand 100!
We’ve put together an at-home learning guide and tips to help parents support their children with online school.
The [Ministry of Education](https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-at-home-learning-program-launches-today-1.5522788) has suggested the following guidelines, based on grade, for how much time students should spend each day on schoolwork:
The above are guidelines, and they will vary based on your child’s (or family’s) unique situation, your school board, your child’s school or even from teacher to teacher.
We know that despite guidelines and tips, at-home online learning is not effective or a positive experience for every child, especially for a subject like math. If online learning is just not cutting it when it comes to math, consider online math tutoring from Mathnasium of Newmarket!
Our Mathnasium@Home online math tutoring program provides live, one-on-one math tutoring, that is fully customized to your child’s individual learning style. As a parent you can take comfort knowing that your child is in a safe learning environment, that is also less stressful and 100% focused on them.
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