Everyone knows that school has been a challenge since the onset of COVID-19. Some schools around the country are offering in-person learning at least a few times a week. Other school districts are entirely remote and will most likely remain that way for the rest of the year.
There is nationwide concern about students falling behind, especially in critical areas such as reading, writing, math, and science. Parents are often struggling to work from home while playing backup teacher for their children.
If this situation describes your home life these days, don’t despair. There are ways you can help your child succeed, including tutoring and virtual learning support, such as those provided by The Learning Lab locations in Fort Lauderdale and Davie.
The learning loss experienced by students due to COVID-19 is hard to estimate. Education experts originally compared the situation to the phenomenon known as the “summer slide.” Research shows that students experience a learning loss of about 20% in reading and 27% in math over summer vacation.
Of course, summer only lasts for 8-12 weeks. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is now about to hit the one-year mark, with many schools no closer to opening than they were back in March 2020. The consequence for students could be dire, particularly for disadvantaged students, those with learning differences, and non-English speakers.
Many students are not prepared for grade-level work, achievements in reading and math have dropped, and class failure rates rise. In some districts, children are a year behind in their studies.
All of these statistics sound frightening, but as a parent, you can do something to help prevent learning loss and ensure your child succeeds.
Active learning is an approach that encourages students to actively participate and interact in the learning process. It helps engage the student’s cognitive and sensory networks so that information is more likely to be retained. The opposite approach, passive learning, means that students are less likely to retain lessons.
What does active learning look like?
It can be things like taking notes (on paper is best, but on a device can work), highlighting text, and writing down questions in the margins. It is also helpful to print out worksheets and other lessons, as well as completed tasks. Review and discuss the lessons to ensure they understand and that the work has actually been completed.
If the curriculum or instruction is not intensive enough, find ways to make the lessons more active and interactive. Look for age-appropriate activities that can be used to enrich lessons from your child’s teachers.
Preschool & kindergarten:
Middle and high school:
With older students, do your best to let them work as independently as possible, while still ensuring their work is completed.
The isolation many students feel – combined with worries about the virus and struggles with virtual school – has led to an increase in anxiety, sadness, and depression in children of all ages. Children who were once happy and fun-loving have suddenly become irritable and fearful. You might see grades slipping and motivation disappearing.
Be on the lookout for changes in your child’s mood, including red flags such as:
If your child needs extra help, The Learning Lab is here. We offer tutoring and other educational tools to help children who are struggling with virtual and in-person school. Our eLearning Lab provides full in-person support while maintaining social distancing and other safe practices. We can also help children who struggle with learning challenges, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences.
Our small group, Homework Lab offers a setting that supports all learners, and particularly those that struggle with executive functioning skills such as planning, prioritization, organization, and task initiation. Some children just need to discuss assignments with their peers to fully understand. They also receive additional support from our team to ensure that they are fully supported, and all assignments are reviewed and ready to be turned in.
Contact us today to find virtual learning support in Fort Lauderdale and Davie.