It can be tough to learn from home. There are just so many distractions! Plus, when we are trying to learn in an environment that is associated with relaxation it can be tricky to keep on track.  Tinkerer have some top tips to help for your children to get the most out of their education when learning from home.

 

Have a Designated Work space

Whether it is a desk or the kitchen table, make sure your child understands when they are in this area they must concentrate on learning and school work is the focus. Make sure the area is quiet and the people around your child know not to interrupt them.

 

Make a Schedule

Having a schedule is a benefit on multiple levels. Children are used to timetables all through their school life, even at kindergarten they have designated nap times and toilet times, story times or free play times. Use this to keep your child on track and focused on their activities. Make a weekly timetable to follow.  Make sure you have breaks and lunch stops scheduled in to the daily plan.

 

To Do List

If a schedule does work for your child whilst they are learning at home make a daily to do list instead. After they have finished, they can then play and have their free time.

 

Plan Time

Linked to the above points about scheduling, it is crucial to make sure that you have set aside enough time for each activity.  Observe how long it take for your child to complete a task when they are focused and set aside this amount of time.

 

Subject Selection

Also, important to remember is that students at school do not learn every subject every day. Maybe they only have music class once a week or maybe they only have science class three times, think about this when you plan their home timetable.

 

Have Supplies

Make sure your child has everything they need before they start working. Getting up to find a ruler, a sharpener or that other book they need adds to the distractions and increases the loss of focus.

 

Know the Deadlines.

It is good to encourage your child to know what work needs to be finished by when so they take responsibility for their work load.  Make sure you are always aware of big events and deadlines they might have too. Help them by organizing a diary that both of you can look at, or set a schedule together so both you and your child know what goals you are working towards.

 

Be Happy to Help

If your child doesn’t understand let them know it is ok to ask you or another member of the family to help them.

 

Revise and Repeat

Don’t forget to revise whilst you are home. At school reviews, mini tests or revision of the previous material happen at some point almost every class. Make sure your child revises past topics and repeats the topics they have already studied at home.

 

Work Too

Maybe you are working from home too. If you are then set a good example and make sure you are presenting good habits to your child.

 

Be Patient

Working from home can be a strain for everyone. Talk thing through to try and minimize stress and understand that studying from home might be more challenging than you realize for your child.

 

Extended Learning

This might be a great opportunity to encourage their extended learning or start new hobbies, and spend some time doing something they are really interested in.  Maybe they are also having to use a computer more than normal. Make this an opportunity to learn more.

 

Keep Social

It is important to still encourage your child to socialize with friends during this time and keep active. Go to the park, hike or spend time with friends and family as much as you can.

 

The World IS the Classroom

Take time to go outside when possible to learn and have a break from home learning.

 

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Written by,

Rebecca Clifton

 

 

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