Helping Your Child with their Home Learning

Whilst in lockdown, our children are forced to carry out their schoolwork at home and since they might not be going back to school for a matter of months, it is crucial that they continue learning. This can be challenging for both parents and their kids but by paying attention to what they are learning about, you will let them know how important it is. I have teamed up with an independent school in Somerset to offer the following tips that will allow you to help your child with their home learning during this difficult time.

As with any behaviour that you’d like your child to learn, you will have to set a good example when it comes to working at home. Let them see you sitting at your desk working on a project. It doesn’t have to be related to your actual job, but your child will be far more likely to take work seriously if they see you doing it. Even if they see you reading a book or practising an instrument, they will feel more motivated to do the same.

Of course, they will need a dedicated space to do their work. With that said, you might have to set them up a little workstation that is quiet and free from distractions. Fill it with all the necessary supplies, including pens and paper, a calculator and their textbooks. When they are studying, don’t be too far, as they may have to ask you for help. If you are not available, they are more likely to give up in frustration.

When your child has spent a period of time doing schoolwork, be sure to tell them how proud you are. After all, nothing is more encouraging than praise, especially for kids! You could stick their work on the fridge or get them a little treat to celebrate. The important thing to remember is that it’s the effort they put in that’s worth something, not getting all the answers right.

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