5 Ways to Help Your Child Enjoy Home-Schooling during COVID-19 times.
This article was originally posted in Parentinggist.com
Schooling at home during lockdown has become part of the new normal. For some months now, most school children have been mandated by government to stay at home. This is as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the whole world.
Most parents have found themselves in the dilemma of keeping their school children busy. This is not easy in anyway as no one planned for this. Adjusting to this new situation of children schooling at home is very important for both patents and their children’s well-being.
If you are a work from home parent, you will agree with me that it is pretty much difficult keeping the children calm while trying to achieve your work goals.
Most of our kids are used to school settings, finding themselves schooling at home looks odd. How can we help these children enjoy schooling at home during lockdown?
There are 5 basic things every parent should do help their children enjoy schooling at home during the lockdown.
When anything becomes monotonous, it becomes boring. Having a Permanent Learning position gives the child a signal that he’s in school while another part of him reminds him…this is home. To help children enjoy schooling at home, change learning locations from time to time. Variety is the spice of life.It will be fun as well.
Do not over schedule.
Often times we want our children to learn everything at once. We want them to be geniuses so we tend to overload them with school work and knowledge. A little everyday is great for your Children. When I see schooling at home timetable for some kids I laugh…how easy is it for you as an adult to sit down for two hours? Children have a short span of learning, this increases as they grow older. Don’t expect your 4 year old to sit and listen attentively for an hour.
Most children become resistant when you do.
Most parents now schooling their wards at home want to have more time to do other things. They tend to mimic the school environment. Home is home. Home schooling should be fun especially for younger children. Monitor and find out what works for your child because you are still his parent. He sees you as his parent not really his teacher like the one at school. Try and create a unique learning environment for your home. If your child likes learning once he’s awake before taking his bath..why not adopt that? What works in school might not work for your home. Find out what works.
Every child is unique and different, what works for child A might not work for Child B. A child might like learning in his pajamas while the other likes dressing up like a college professor. In the course of schooling at home during this pandemic, I realized my little kids likes learning by teaching her doll exactly what she has been taught. So she practices teaching the doll and mimicking everything “the teacher” told her. Now that’s her style. Another loves singing what’s he’s learning and making short videos of them.When you adopt the Child’s unique style of learning you impact more positively on the child. No school might have this patience to do such.
The whole idea is to impact knowledge in your child in a fun loving way. Children have and need physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Allow your children to explore those areas that interest them. I have never been a fan of the solar system but in this new normal, I realized my kids are so much in love with the solar system so most of the YouTube videos they want to watch are basically on “the solar system” Everyone in the house can now sing the solar system song.
Do not meet only one need and neglect others because they are all important. It is only a happy child that will listen and understand what he is being taught.
What lessons have you learnt from your children schooling at Home during lockdown?
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Nice one! This is a piece every parent all over the world needs to read.
Well said ginika. It’s high time we parents found out the best method to follow our kids academically in imbibing knowledge in them. Allow them to explore naturally in ways that best suit them.
Well, it all boils down to the mindset of the parents
This is well said. I believe parents who adhere to these learning measures during this lockdown won’t regret it.
If oñly parents would adhere to this, the world would be a better place thereby making children all over the world enjoy learning
Nice write-up schooling at home has really help so many parent to bond with their kids and know where their kids show interest more on
This is very Educative I think parents need to read it and learn something new.
Thanks for writing something this beautiful and Educative.
Weldon keep the good work
In one sentence, “make home learning different from school which is a monotonous and rigid platform of learning; learning at home should be fun-filled “.
Virtual Learning is the future of training and education delivery. Covid19 is a terrible disease but it actually brought us the future earlier than expected.
I agree with all the parental advice and will also like to add that this challenge will eventually become an opportunity for our children to explore and learn from different teachers and instructors. The delivery of academic work will now be competitive. Parents should also take advantage of having choices of how training is delivered to their children. What a time?
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This is very helpful…