Paying attention to your youngster’s schoolwork lets them know how important it is. Since schools in the UK are currently closed, it’s now more important than ever to get involved with your child’s home learning and help them get involved with a variety of educational activities. Here are some tips and ideas from an independent girls’ school in Surrey.
Most schools are uploading learning resources to their websites, which students can download and complete at home. It’s important to ensure your child is staying up-to-date with this so that they don’t fall behind, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t have time to home school them all day.
Where possible, try and incorporate learning into other activities, such as cooking, arts and crafts, playing in the garden or even board games. When your child does complete a piece of work, set by the school or otherwise, be sure to praise them; nothing is more encouraging than praise.
You should also try and set up a suitable study space for your child, so that they have a nice environment to complete their schoolwork and other tasks. If possible, this should be free from distractions and have plenty of natural light. It should also be kept neat and organised, with all of the required stationery and books.
When it comes to learning, the best thing you can do is demonstrate a positive attitude and set a good example. Let your child see you working, reading or practising an instrument, and they will be more inclined to do the same. What’s more, let them know that they have your support and even though you might be busy working during the day, they can always come to you with any issues or questions they have in the evenings.
However, you should avoid doing their homework for them and instead point them in the right direction and give them some guidance so that they can find the answers themselves.
If you’re truly struggling to help your child with their home learning, don’t be afraid to contact their school. The teachers will be able to give you an outline of the curriculum so that you have a better understanding of what they would’ve been learning about in class. This will help you tailor the activities you do at home so that they’re better suited to the curriculum.