6 remote learning solutions kids came up with on their own

By Tara Drinks

The challenges of remote learning have inspired kids who learn and think differently — and their families — to come up with ways to help things run a bit smoother. But these small solutions and successes are more than just quick fixes. They’re signs of resilience.

We asked parents in our Understood community to share their child’s wins. Many of their small solutions had to do with organizing, planning, and managing time. Here’s what they said.


1. Silent alarms

“We gave our first grader a Fitbit for Christmas, and he has been using the silent alarms as a reminder to get himself on Zoom. While remote learning has been challenging, it has really fostered independence and accountability. I am so proud of him!” — Jillian C. 

2. Organizing at night

“When we started remote learning, my 5-year-old was always looking for his things before class. We talked about ways to make things a little easier, and now he organizes his school area every night. He also makes sure he knows where to find his assignments when asked about them during class.” — Vanessa B.

3. Writing it down

“My sixth grader is consistently writing down her assignments in her planner! It makes it easier to check (on the days I’m able to).” — Tamara O.

4. Chunking assignments

“My seventh grader has tried not waiting until the last minute to do an assignment. For a big science project, she ‘chunked’ things out over the course of a week. This helped to make the entire process less stressful.” — Ann R.

5. A “show off” board

“To help my daughter stay motivated, we made a few DIY improvements to her room for her virtual classes. There’s now a board in her room that she updates with pictures, new drawings, and quotes that inspire her. She’s proud to ‘show off’ her background on every call and has made a few friends as a result. This has helped to improve her spirits and keep her inspired.” — Veronica V.

6. Taking charge of free time

“It’s been awesome to see my 9-year-old daughter take charge of the free time she gets during distance learning. Whenever she gets a 5- or 10-minute break from class, she works on a side art project. Right now, she’s into folding origami, so there’s a whole set of paper frogs and cranes on her desk.” — Andrew L.

Small solutions can be big confidence boosters, as kids see their ideas making a difference. Celebrate your child’s wins by making an accomplishments box. And get tips for building resilience in your child.

What solutions has your child come up with during distance learning? Join our Facebook community to share your child’s wins.

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    Tara Drinks is an associate editor at Understood.