The amazing kids our charity was established to help already faced obstacles in their young lives. Their happiness was already challenged by a serious health condition, such as cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis or cancer. Covid-19 is yet another challenge they and their families must face.
Earlier this year, when schools suddenly closed, like families across the country, the parents and children served by our non-profit charity were thrown into the deep end as far as online learning goes. There was a run on laptops at electronics stores as both parents and students suddenly found themselves quarantining at home. Parents were scratching their heads as they tried to make sense of the new math and kids were missing their friends.
By the time the 2019-2020 school year ended, we had all made progress in mastering the technology needed for online learning. Now, as a new school year draws near, we look at distance learning not just as a stop-gap but as a major component of our children’s education. We need to do more than master Zoom, it’s time to think about helping our kids get the most out of their online education experiences.
Hopefully, South Florida will be able to get the corona virus under control soon. Until then, there are things you can do that will help your child to do well in an online learning environment.
Did you know that most computers, tablets and cell phones are equipped to assist students who are having a hard time keeping up with their reading or writing skills? According to Understood.org, most mobile devices have built-in assistive technology, such as read-aloud or text-to-speech
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The virtual program created by our nonprofit charity for children – Hope at Home – is a great way to warm up those online learning skills and spend some family time with your kids before the school year starts. If you have questions about our online offerings, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would also like to invite you to join us in thanking our generous supporters for the charitable donations that make this program possible!