By Constance Ndeleko
Due to school closure parents have been having a toll on how to deal with home-schooling for their children. Sometimes it can be tough where you have to work and at the same time care for children whom we all know can’t stay still for more than a couple of minutes.
This can apparently bring in anxiety of what to do and how to react to children who are already distressed with the social distancing directive given to reduce the spread of the Novel Corona Virus.
Here are some few tips for parents on homeschooling and making life a bit easier, fun and informative to children and care givers during this tough times.
It is important for parents to create a time away from their work stations in their homes and at least engage with their children to create interactive sessions where they get to learn more about what they like and they don’t, what they understand and not, and how they can help each other come into mutual agreement especially when they are solving issues.
Parent/Care-givers have been tasked to educate their children after the traditional way of schooling has been distracted. The transition is unfamiliar to caregivers since they have become homeschoolers.
I can only imagine the rate of distraction for children who have already been accustomed to traditional way of schooling. It is hard not to be, even for adults who are not used to working from the comfort of their homes. It calls for a lot of discipline.
But with this phenomena at hand, we need to face our new reality and embrace these changes that will enhance our children’s knowledge. Under these particular circumstances we cannot re-structure all that happens at school but we can give it a shot by doing things that will make our children secure and making the best out of the time we have.
Here we go with the tips
Allow children to part of the decision making: Give them a say on what they want to learn but also ensure balance.
Have fun while learning to reduce the formal monotony of classroom learning.
Use different basic measure they can relate with, to ensure they understand especially on subjects like math, science.
Make a Schedule of what you will be doing to ensure that you can follow and to enhance planning and preparation. It will help pull through with the transition and create a rhythm of what works for them.
The schedule will allow children to have breaks and engage in other activities that will entice them to look up to the next lesson. They could skip rope, sleep, exercise, sing or have dance moments.
It is important that we understand that they have different abilities and some might need special attention to ensure they come around and understand the message being conveyed. Especially for children with special needs.
Downtime for children is important especially when they need to focus on individual project. They can have time away from the technology and breathe a bit.
They can also have crafty times where they can engage on activities that don’t need them to be inside and have an outdoor time if possible. They can become creative by using tools or things they already have to create and make relatable aspects.
I hope this will be fun to break a bit from your work station and join the children for an interactive session on homeschooling.
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