As a parent or guardian of a child, it is your duty to ensure that learning doesn’t stop at school but rather continues at home. Parents and families that are involved in the learning process of a child will result in the child performing better at school and it also speeds up the learning process.
So, how can you support your child learning at home?
Know your Child- Understanding your child is the first step to ensure that you are involved in their learning process. Know about their concentration span, their interests and how they tackle learning challenges. Mix physical learning activities with seated learning to know which your child prefers most. If you fail to get the cues from your child, you can contact the class teacher and enquire about the preferred learning method of your child.
Give undivided attention to the child’s learning activities and reward often- By showing interest in the child's activities, it builds a sense of importance in the child learning. The child will go an extra mile to make the parent/guardian more interested and happy with their learning. Rewarding and lots of praises also go a long way in making your child feel that their learning efforts are always appreciated.
Create a Schedule- Just as there are school schedules; plan the activities of each day beforehand, clearly indicating the time given to each activity. Depending on your child's age, consider break time and playtime to let your child relax. Consider altering the activities to make sure that the schedule is flexible and inclusive of all the learning activities. Don’t forget to make it fun!
Monitor your child’s internet usage, Television and Video Games- In modern society, Over 90% of children spend most of their time doing mindless activities such as TV binge-watching, playing video games all day and also on the internet. As a parent, you should have control over all these distractions and make sure that the child gets involved in voluntarily switching off the TV to read or getting off the internet to do some learning-related work.
Actively talk and listen to your child- Understand why a child may dislike a certain activity and if it's mandatory tell them why it's important to do it. By engaging your child, you can also learn about their interests and provide learning materials in that area.
Learning Resources/Equipment-Children having access to learning resources and equipment can help support and encourage them to learn. Make the learning activity fun for the child. It is beneficial to allow the child to make mistakes when learning, as they benefit more and become more resilient. Mixing up the use of the learning resources and equipment, aids in the holistic growth of the brain of the child.
Remember to encourage, be patient and attentive to your child’s growth when learning at home. All children are different and hence the best approach is first by understanding your child. Have a room or space in your house and let the child have their corner where they can explore and learn in an unrestricted but monitored environment.