We all found a new way of living amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and for many families that included adjusting to some form of distance education. Now, with the Delta variant to worry about, many parents are choosing to continue remote learning with their children.
Most schools closed or restricted the number of students allowed within school buildings during the pandemic. This meant parents had to take on the role of playing a larger part in their child’s education.
Many believe it might be best for their families, even with the demands of distance education, to continue (or begin) remote learning from home.
Although distance education brings new challenges and adjustments, there are also many exciting advantages to this education style.
Here are a few of the pros and cons of distance education and what to expect when schooling from home.
Pro: Flexibility in schedule
Each school has its own plan and procedures in place for handling the distance learning situation. Whether this means your child will need to attend virtual classes or utilize online learning software, remote learning offers one major advantage — flexibility.
While traditional school days involve rigid structure, school from home is more adaptable. This means that your student has the ability to spend a little extra time on an assignment or topic they are struggling with (or are more interested in) at their own pace.
Have an open conversation with your children and their teachers. Just check in and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed.
Con: Blue light exposure
When involved in remote learning, children now must rely on technological tools and digital devices for their education.
While these advancements certainly have many benefits, it also means your child is more exposed to harmful blue light rays from computer screens.
These rays cause digital eye strain and can disrupt the body’s natural sleep cycle. To combat these harmful effects and keep your child’s eyes fresh, blue light blocking glasses can be a helpful resource for your child’s remote school days.
Pro: Character development
Many factors play into what makes a good student. Having class from home may provide your child with the opportunity to develop stronger skills on their own.
Take time management, for example. Students now need to hold themselves accountable to complete assignments in this new setting. This can help to establish a core appreciation for their education.
Similarly, many students are nervous to speak up in the classroom. Virtual classes can provide your child with the chance to feel comfortable and confident to participate and voice their opinions.
If you have been forced to work from home yourself, you can understand the effect distractions have on your own focus to complete work.
For children, factors such as other siblings, pets, and phones all contribute to the distractions associated with distance learning.
Implementing a consistent schedule, utilizing online learning resources, and creating a productive environment with a classroom-like feel can promote productivity and ease the learning-from-home adjustment.
Pro: More face time with your children
At the end of the day, one of the biggest takeaways is that you will get to spend unprecedented time with your children.
Regardless of some of the challenges you must overcome, remember that this opportunity grants you new opportunities to make lasting memories and grow as a family.