Creating a Remote Learning Environment

A guide to supporting your student during the transition to online learning

Providing education from home can be a less-than-ideal situation. As many students are transitioning to an online learning environment, we’re here to help with some sound advice for how to set your child up for success.

Maintain a schedule

In the midst of this transition, students need consistency and routine.

    • Keep normal meal and bed times, and start learning when school typically starts each day. 
    • Write your child’s schedule where they can see it. (Tip: Put all family members’ schedules up together!)

Create a designated learning space

    • Organize learning materials and designate a common area for learning. That space should have a strong wireless connection, can be blocked from noise, and should be located where family members can participate in the lesson. Young students often benefit from having a mouse to use instead of a trackpad, and headphones to better block outside noise.
    • Distractions like smart phones, tablets, and other kids should be removed from the learning space during lessons. 
    • Before a lesson with a teacher begins, make sure they have water and a snack within reach so they aren’t tempted to wander.
    • Make sure your student can sit high enough in their chair to comfortably access the computer.

Getting started with Zoom

    • If you’re using Zoom, check out our blog for information about downloading and setting up Zoom Client for Meetings. 
    • Once you are set up, you will always receive a link to your Zoom meeting via either a Dashboard reminder, or an email directly from a teacher. 
    • For every lesson, please be prepared to be physically present to support your child in the first few minutes of class. They will likely need your help to manage technical issues, to screen share, and to follow the prompts of the instructor. After your student is set up and class is running, please be “on call” in case they run into any hiccups.
    • When your student is asked to share their screen, please select the option to share the entire screen.

Connect with their instructors

We no longer have the pleasure of crossing paths during drop off and pick up, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you! If you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress, please send an email or schedule a video call to discuss with their teacher. And don’t hesitate to call the instructor if there’s a technical issue you can’t solve during class! We are here to help.

Pay attention to their experience 

For your student, remote learning is likely a new experience and may feel isolating or disconnected. Let them know that technical issues are inevitable, and keep tabs on what your student needs. If they are enjoying the independence of learning remotely, encourage them. If they seem hesitant or unsure, they may need someone there to share the experience with them. You can help support their transition by sitting in for parts of their classes to keep them company. When they seem more settled, let them know you need to go get your own work done and you’ll be back to check in later on.

Begin and end each day with a check-in

Spending time checking in helps your child feel more secure and supports them as they process the change in their learning environment. Remember to give your student some space after a lesson ends before checking in, they likely need time to process before they’re able to share. Try asking: 

    • What are you learning today? 
    • What did you enjoy learning today? 
    • What was challenging? 
    • How did it feel? 
    • Will you show me what you’ve been learning or making?

Schedule physical activity and social interaction

Physical and social activity are essential to your child’s wellbeing, and they need to be prioritized even more now that we are moving to remote learning. Scheduling time for movement, social interaction, and play helps your child have a positive experience at home and helps them focus when it’s time to sit down in front of the computer.


    • Create a family dance
    • Act out a scene from a book
    • Interview a family member
    • Play your favorite game
    • Cook or bake your family’s favorite recipe

Support your child’s emotional needs

In stressful times, children need supportive and stable relationships with trusted adults. Stay close with your child and provide age-appropriate information. For instance, here’s a kid-friendly comic about COVID-19.

As always, we’re here to help. For more resources, contact us.


(Credit to Seesaw for the base of this document.)

Becky McGlensey