Homeschooling is becoming common as a result of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Many parents are struggling to come to terms with this new way of teaching their children. This article will discuss some advice and strategies to support parents in teaching their children at home.
Homeschooling is a type of learning where the child is predominantly educated at home instead of sending them to a regular school. Homeschooling is a new experience for many families; it is one of the unexpected developments parents are grappling with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Some parents may already be familiar with the homeschooling concept and will have the resources to teach their children at home. Some parents may have chosen explicitly to home school their children instead of attending regular school and may be enrolled in alternative schooling provisions like the National Institute of Open Schooling. But for the majority of parents, taking on a full time ‘teacher’ role during this lockdown can seem a daunting task. In addition to balancing domestic and professional work, many parents may find it challenging to teach their children on a full-time basis. Apart from the time commitment, parents need to have patience, knowledge, and awareness of different teaching methods to engage the child in lessons productively. Thankfully, with some planning and preparation, every parent can rise up to the challenge and enjoy teaching their kids at home.
The following are some tips to make homeschooling a success:
Remember that despite the challenges, homeschooling is an excellent opportunity to spend more time bonding with your children and having fun together as a family. This time will help you to know more about your child’s strengths and weaknesses so that you can effectively understand and support him or her. You will become familiar with your child’s favorite subjects and their learning style. Since you are spending more one on one time with your child, it can help identify any problems with their attention, concentration, and pick up any specific learning difficulties with spelling, reading, maths, etc. With some patience and remedial teaching support, you can enable your child to learn effectively.
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, emotional or behavioral health, you can discuss with your child’s teacher and consider consulting a professional if needed.
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05 Jun 2020 - 4 min read
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