How to Improve your Childs Learning Experience at Home and Online
As we prepare to start the school year online, many parents are now experts on Zoom and Google classroom. Children have shown how resilient they are by adapting to this new way of learning and we must continue to support them through this challenging time.
Here at Happy Lemon Tutors, we thought we would put together a list of useful tips to make sure your child is getting the most out of their home learning experience.
1. Reduce Distractions
Check your child is using their device for educational purposes and not checking social media or gaming during ‘school hours’. Children are used to using the devices for entertainment and so it can be hard for them to resist, but these can be huge distractions for children and affect their concentration. Set boundaries and limit the use of such devices. The surrounding environment can be a big distraction too. Having a workspace where they can’t be distracted by their favourite toys will help improve their focus.
2. Regular breaks
It can be difficult for children to focus for long periods of time, regular breaks will recharge their concentration levels. Many schools will have provided well laid out timetables with set breaks, so encourage your child to exercise and avoid looking at screens during these times. Physical activity during school has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress and anxiety.
3. Give positive feedback
Many children miss getting reinforcement from teachers so give praise and encouragement when appropriate. Setting up a rewards chart could help motivate your child. Stickers and playtime work well for rewarding younger children, and extra time on a tablet to reinforce good work in older children.
4. Get extra help
If you feel that your child is struggling to keep up with the online learning schedule, hire a tutor to help with teaching and scheduling. Online learning relies on students working independently and it can be hard to see if they are struggling. Tutors can identify areas where children need extra help and guide their learning.
Keep children in contact with their friends so that they do not feel isolated. Children are used to lots of social interaction so setting up a video chat with a friend will ensure they don’t lose these communication skills.
6. Remember to have fun!
Children are used to having a very varied and social day at School. Think of activities to make learning fun: singing, dancing, being creative and doing experiments. Websites like Pinterest provide lots of free ideas for activities to keep your child occupied and their minds active, so that when they go back to School, they will be ready!
This article was written by Native English Teacher, Miss Catriona.