Virtual Learning Tips & Tricks
Updated: Apr 23
April 22, 2021
Turning your living room into a virtual classroom may not have been on your interior design bucket list but is likely the current status of your home. You can take solace in at least one thing - you are not the only one in this boat. Below are some tips and tricks to make the best of the virtual learning experience with the help of your nanny.
As much as you may covet a Pinterest-worthy home office or that corner office at work with all the natural light, a good workstation can be appealing for your student as well. Set up an a
rea in the house that is dedicated to school and homework to further encourage structure and stability. Have your child help you pick out small decorations or writing utensils to make it feel like their own space.
Negotiating responsibilities in addition to childcare is standard for designing a working agreement between nannies and families. In case you haven't already, now would be a great time to dust off your contract and discuss educational support as an extra role for your nanny.
Since assisting with the school day could be new to your nanny's repertoire, you may need to discuss an adjusted pay for the extra tutor-like responsibilities. Having someon on stand-by for any technical difficulties and to help promote focus during school can make all the difference in the day-to-day success of a virutal class.
For parents working from home with a part-time or after school nanny, consider reallo
cating nanny hours to a different part of the day. Having an hour or two at the beginning or middle of the day where your nanny supervises school time (and also ensures kiddos have a fun activity or break for a do-it-yourself recess) will help reinforce routine for your child. Make sure you have a discussion on expectations and additional pay for extra hours worked for learning support.
If your general working agreement now includes educational support, nannies can also enrich the virtual learning experience during after-school hours. Check-in with teachers via email once a week to see if there were any concepts your student may be struggling with or any activities where they were less than focused. Sharing notes from teachers with your nan
ny can also help all parties stay up-to-date on areas of improvement. A nanny-parent team can help fill in the learning gaps resulting from challenges posed by virtual learning.
Ask your nanny to take notes or compile a short progress report on how school or homework went that week. A weekly verbal check-in to go over notes and reports from teachers is an excellent chance to be reminded of successes or brainstrom solutions for potential struggles.
Get a Classroom Pet
Don't worry, we aren't asking you to get a kitten or puppy and all the responsibiliteis that come with! Spice up your child's school space with a pet rock or cactus as their very own classroom pet. Virtual learning means missing out on recess and time with friends, so small goofy gestures can go a long way in making this experience a little less unpleasant.