The school year has started for most and I’m pretty sure parents and kids are overwhelmed with the preparations and trying to settle in. We have to adjust to the new normal. Everyone is trying to do what they can to survive this pandemic.
But, education is important and since it can now be done at home, a new distance-learning set-up is essential. We all need some help from the experts and you can try to integrate these new set-ups at home.
TANG recognizes these struggles. In line with this, TANG launched Prepared with TANG: Get ready for Distance Learning in partnership with Edukasyon.ph. With the help of Edukasyon.ph, the largest online platform empowering Filipino youth from education to career, the live session of Prepared with TANG: Get ready for Distance Learning was held to equip moms with actionable insights and tips on distance learning with the help of homeschooling and industry experts.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned and followed and believe me, it made my life much easier, and my son, settled and happier!
- Set up a designated study area
In my son’s school, students have their own desks and shelves. So, I made one corner of the living room his special space. He has a computer table, his own laptop, a comfy chair, and wooden shelves. It’s sort of a school set-up, but homey, well-lit, and well-ventilated.
Though it’s in the living room, we make it a point that no one will watch the television during class. Most of the time classes are held in Zoom, he’s in the corner so no problem even if the camera is always on. Neighborhood noise is tolerable, even the dogs are quiet.
- Set and follow a schedule complete with break times
This new set-up may not be in school, but schedules need to be followed.
We don’t have any problems with this because the school made the schedules with proper breaks for stretching, eye rest, and quick bathroom breaks.
Kids need to develop discipline and a proper mindset so as not to be lax.
We also make it a point to finish all assignments after class and everything that are needed to be done by Friday, so the weekend is free for bonding and Me time for my teenage boy.
- Make time for physical activities
There’s no P.E. subject this year but it doesn’t mean that physical activities are not important. So, hubby and Zee wake up a bit early to do some flexing and walking. Afterwhich, a morning bath is important so he will go to class fully awake and refreshed.
Physical exercise is important since it helps keep children healthy and primed for learning. Just like in school, incorporate this in your child’s schedule and try to diversify the activities– it can also be in the form of dance, sports, or just pure exercise.
- Get creative
The Robotics class has been shelved for the time being but this doesn’t stop Zee from continuing his hobby. So, we bought him things to tinker.
Apart from making robots and building things, I sometimes ask him to join me in baking and cooking. He has developed a love for cooking and always excited to be the one to serve us dinner.
We’ve also incorporated a few house chores in his daily schedules. It’s important that he learns to do things around the house.
- Prepare fun merienda breaks
Kids need to recharge thus a few minutes break or recess is important so that they can rest their minds and eyes and re-energize.
A healthy merienda and of course, a refreshing drink like TANG is a must so that when kids go back to the class, they feel refreshed and more alive!
TANG is made up of 100% Vitamin C and real fruit which is perfect for a quick refreshing break. To make it more exciting, moms can spruce the merienda menu with special treats when kids do well in their classes and mix it with healthy food like fruits. Add in a game or two to double up the fun!
Distance learning is a unique experience for each and every mom and child pairing. There will be struggles to get the groove, but the fun lies in how it is a more personalized and engaging experience. TANG, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, is here to keep moms company on their distance learning journey.
For moms who missed out on the live session of Prepared with TANG: Get ready for Distance Learning, you can still check it out here: https://bit.ly/3gupPU9. And for more tips and insights to make distance learning more fun and exciting with TANG, visit facebook.com/TangPhilippines/.