Updated: Mar 3
Many of us have probably been thrown Into the world of e-learning with little to no experience. For myself, going through a period of quarantine at home with the kids and doing e-learning has been a really interesting and somewhat challenging experience. My 5-year-old has started kindergarten, while my now 4-year-old has pre-k sessions 2 times a week as well. After 9 weeks however of being thrown into the e-learning experience, especially with the younger kids, here is my advice on surviving e-learning with the 3 to 5-year-old age group.
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“Some of my tips for surviving the e-learning experience with the 3 to 5 year old age group!”
Organization is required for e-learning, especially when the times are allotted by the school. This means that there are set times to log on or off, assignments due, meetings with other teachers, specials, etc. Organization sets the stage for great productivity, especially with younger kids. Get tools that can help to make the organization easier for you. Post-it notes, for example, are ideal for jotting down reminders, lists of things to be done, tasks, etc. For Post-it Notes, get different colors so that you can personalize them to specific activities, for instance, blue for assignments due, red for teachers' meetings, etc. Have a few stacks around as well so that you can have reminders readily available to get your day going. Planners also offer a great way to keep organized as busy moms. The more organized you become, the better it is for you to manage your time well and get more work accomplished. There are different planners available for anything that you can think of (Mommy Inspired planners and journals are available on my website).
2. GET READY FOR SCHOOL
Start the day just as you would a normal day of getting ready for school. If their normal brick-and-mortar school routine involved a bath, breakfast, putting on clothes, etc. then continue as before. The reason for this is to allow them to get into a frame of mind that they are at school. You want them to understand that even though they are at home, it’s not just a day at home but it's a day at school as well. Also if your child was to return to the brick-and-mortar schedule, you will have less of a fight with them trying to get back on track.
3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR SCHOOL
Ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for school. That would mean no PJs, please! Our school required that the children are properly dressed in their school attire. It also helps them to be aware that they are in fact at school and not just at home.
4. HAVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND OTHER TOOLS READILY AVAILABLE
Make sure to have everything that you need for e-learning readily available. E-learning is no different from a regular class setting. Therefore, check with your school what the required list of school supplies needed are and have it available. In addition, you may need a printer or copy machine/ scanner to print or upload assignments, etc. I had a scenario where I didn't purchase a writing book that was required for a class but I ignored it thinking oh it's e-learning, however, the teacher requested the book and I had to run to Walmart last minute trying to find this book, which was now out-of-stock. I ended up paying way more for the book than during the back-to-school sale. So my advice is to please get what you need from the school list just as you would if your child was going into school. I even had my kids wear a backpack as well, just to get back into the school routine.
5. HAVE A SUITABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR E-LEARNING
Remember that children are easily distracted when it comes to sitting down on a computer especially for longer sessions. An environment with less distraction is best. I, therefore, would not recommend the toy room, television room, etc. With whatever situation you have, try to make a space that is quiet and less likely to cause distraction. You don’t want a kid running off to watch the television while in a session with his teacher. Create a distraction-free environment as best as you can.