A child’s natural attention span while learning is generally about 20-30 minutes, depending on the individual. Having a teacher in front of them who conducts the lesson, asks questions, explains, and interacts with them helps the child to concentrate on the task at hand. When studying at home or online, however, children may have a tendency to be distracted. Because of this, parents must take the role of teacher and interact with the child as the teacher would. Start by explaining to your child what the teachers have assigned for the day. Are there any homework assignments that have been given? When do they need to be submitted by? Then check in with your child regularly to see whether they are keeping to the timetable. While families are now home together, parents have the opportunity to observe what their child is doing with respect to their schoolwork.
Don’t forget, however, to allow children time to rest or engage in other activities throughout the day, just as they would at school. This includes recess and break times, meals, etc. In some cases, it’s just a matter of changing locations where various activities are carried out. Your child may enjoy doing some activities alone, or they may need some time to play with or talk to friends or siblings. This is where social media can come in handy. Just adjust the format and timing as appropriate.
Your child’s health is also important. Children need exercise. There are opportunities for this at school through physical education class, recess time and outdoor play with their friends. Therefore, exercise should be included in the child’s schedule at home too. You can do activities such as aerobics, yoga, or kicking a football around in the garage or yard. It’s best not to let children sit around watching TV and movies as their only extracurricular activity as this can result in obesity and other health and weight related issues. Enjoying a variety of physical activities also helps a child’s muscle development.