September 20, 2020

How Southern California families are making distance learning work

It’s been almost six months since Southern California students left their classrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And many haven’t been back yet. Instead, they’re again doing “distance learning,” taking classes and doing homework from home.

It hasn’t always been easy for millions of families in Southern California.

So we asked readers how they were making it work. What clever ideas had they created to make learning from home — often alongside parents working from home — more successful?

Here’s what they told us.

Get organized
Janice Endsley, of Redlands, has a kindergartner and a preschooler. She’s transformed her home to make distance learning during the 2020-21 school year easier. (Photo courtesy of Janice Endsley)

Ontario resident Aimee Dyer, who has two students in the Ontario-Montclair School District, “bought two project boards to create a private space for each child and which anything important can be pasted on for reference such as log-in information and schedule.”

She also purchased a three-tiered rolling cart, similar to those in many classrooms. School supplies, school books and Chromebooks all get stored there.

“An organized, consistent space makes for a kid-friendly online experience,” Dyer wrote.

Anita Revelles, of Rancho Cucamonga, has two Alta Loma School District students. Even at home they keep to a bell schedule, using an inexpensive timer controlled by her fifth grader.

“She sets the timer herself,” Revelles wrote. “Then she goes on ‘recess’ by getting a snack, playing in her room or outside. It gives her chance to take a mental break from online school.”

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Redlands resident Janice Endsley has a kindergartner in the Redlands Unified School District along with a preschooler. She keeps regular schedules for both, though they’re all at home today.

“We also follow a school schedule, so we start school time at 9 a.m. each day with writing and math work, then we have outside playtime, snack time, and Zoom time,” Endsley wrote. “So far, it’s been going smoothly, and I’m grateful to be home and able to guide my kids with their distance learning.”

Create separate workspaces, away from play spaces

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Eunjoo Lee, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has two students attending the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

“I’ve prepared separated rooms for each kids, one is first floor and the other one is second floor,” she wrote. “Those are different rooms from their sleeping rooms.“

Alisha Rosas, a Fontana resident with two students in the Central School District, created separate spaces for her kids virtually — using headsets with microphones — so neither has to listen to the other’s teachers.

Arcadia resident Angela Child separates her son’s school environment from his home environment by taking him out of the house at school time.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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