There are a lot of children and teenagers who are engaging in distance learning. Focusing during this time can be especially challenging. Parents and educators need to be aware of some of these challenges. A few examples of ways learning at home can make it harder to focus include:
There might be a lack of structure while learning from home.
There could be a lot of external distractions including sights, smells, and sounds coming from other areas at home.
There could also be internal distractions including the Internet, a loud TV, and social media.
Children may be in total control of time management, which may be a struggle for them.
There is no one watching over them, telling them to make sure they are focused.
Children may have changes in their routine, which can make it hard for them to get enough sleep at night.
It can be more challenging to communicate with a teacher when they are not there in person.
There is no change in scenery, as children are often sitting in the same place all day, which can also make it harder to focus.
By being aware of some of the challenges teenagers and children are going to face that they learn from home, it may be possible to develop a plan to deal with them. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help your child or teenager focus by learning from home, take a closer look at this article on Understood.org.