At-home, summer classes bring unique challenges

Posted at 7:02 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 08:02:09-04

The summer of 2020 could be a tough one for students enrolled in summer classes.

After spending most of the spring learning from home, with schools closed around the state, some kids are being asked to do more of the same.

Diego Roman, a professor at UW-Madison, acknowledged that some students might be getting burned out on online classes.

That's why he recommends working in some outdoor and indoor activities to your child's summer learning routine.

Roman suggested focusing on activities you and your child can do together, that also contain opportunities to learn.

"So for example, cooking, when you're cooking together, you automatically are doing measuring, reading, all these different things that have educational value," Roman said.

He said another option could be getting outside, and using a bird book/guide to identify different birds by how they look and how they sound.

Roman also said keeping a structured routine throughout the day could help your child learn and stay on-task.

For example, he suggested allowing a child to start the day off with a short game, then doing a mix of online classes (if the child is enrolled in summer school) or at-home learning activities, followed up by reading break with a book of the student's choice.

Roman said parents should periodically check in on a student, to make sure he or she is following the schedule.

But he said it's also up to the child to get work done when his or her parents are not watching.

Roman said students who have learned to do that will emerge from the pandemic with some valuable life skills.

"Do I know how to prioritize things? Do I know how to keep track of my time?" Roman said. "Children who can answer those questions will come out of this with a deeper sense of responsibility."

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