Distance learning is stressful. Distance learning between two homes often adds another layer to the stress. It’s pretty easy to say families can resolve issues by, “increasing communication”. The reality is that increasing communication isn’t always possible with work schedules, multiple children, multiple teachers, and other personal factors, though. After questioning a group of parents, the largest issue with distance learning between two homes is:
“We’re Pulled In a Million Directions: Some Of Our Communication Is Via Text, Some Is Via Email, And Some Is In Person!“
It might seem practical to use email when working between the School, Home 1, and Home 2. The problem is, the main parent in Home 2 may prefer email because of their work schedule and the main parent in Home 1 may prefer texting because they have more than one child. Also, selecting either email or texting can put the teacher in a difficult situation with many other students to service. Bouncing between communication mediums omits the child from conversations that might benefit them- like reminders!
(WARNING: THE FOLLOWING WILL READ LIKE A PROMOTION FOR THE PRODUCT,
BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WE BELIEVE IT COULD REALLY HELP YOUR FAMILY!)
The Best (FREE) Solution We Can Find Is:
Remind is a simple program that allows each person to use communicate how they see easiest: email or text. Similar to ClassDojo, you can use Remind as an app or online. It is family/user friendly and doesn’t have the extra bells and whistles classroom teachers might need. Remind offers a clear forum for parents who live in different homes and a child can set up a plan with or without a teacher.
What makes Remind different is that you can schedule reminder messagesp. It’s perfect to help those a little more forgetful, and to keep everyone connected about what will be accomplished at whose house!
You can send documentation on any format (Google Drive, Google Classroom, etc.). Once an assignment is received by a parent, it can be easily transferred to the other parent. Assignments can be sent from one home to another without having to weed through classwork.
Distance learning between two homes does not have to be difficult. Communicating in a practical forum can help families with smooth transitions between houses. For further support with tutoring and learning, helpful tips and more ideas, contact Focus Online, LLC.