The British International School Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) is supporting their students at this challenging time through their Virtual School Experience which delivers creative and inspiring lessons and ensures that students continue to learn according to their normal curriculum while staying healthy and safe at home.
Their global network allows 9,000 teachers to connect and share best practice and ideas for optimising child’s personalised learning experience whilst their Global Campus means that Nord Anglia Educations' 66,000 students around the world can work remotely together, solving challenges like those set by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or collaborating on solutions for UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The school has come up with these useful suggestions for parents to help them create a suitable environment for learning and facilitate children's learning from home.
The right learning space
It’s important that your child has a designated space at home for learning. Identify a practical area in your home, which can be used purely for learning and is separate from your child eats, sleeps and socialises. This doesn’t need to be a separate room, but having a designated area is key. This space should have a flat, hard surface for them to work on, be as quiet as possible, have good lighting and have no obvious distractions.
For a seamless school day, ensure your internet connection is stable. Encourage your child to see the difference between a ‘chill’ space and a ‘learning’ space. For example, if your child typically studies in the kitchen, designate a study-free area when they can take a break.
The tools for the job
Devices used for online learning should be fully charged and updated, and although some part of the learning may be done online, there should be stationery, paper and standard school equipment available for offline study.
A daily routine
To encourage a child to focus, it’s important to develop a daily routine and be as consistent about it as possible – approach each day as you would a school day. Schedule mealtimes and provide healthy choices to fuel your child for the day, allocate time for exercise or some form of movement, and stick to normal ‘school hours’ as a guide for balancing study and relaxation time.
The social side
Being away from their friends is challenging and it’s important to make time for your child to speak with their friends like they would at school or in the evening. They could make a phone call, connect on social media or use the school’s preferred platform for instant messaging. While using social media can be a distraction during school hours, it may help to provide a much-needed feeling of normalcy during their time off.
The supportive parent
This is a challenging and potentially frustrating time for everyone, which makes maintaining a positive home environment more important than ever. Allowing your child to take breaks when they are struggling to focus and recognising and rewarding their hard work will also help tremendously.