The COVID-19 crisis has turned many of us into homeschooling families. In honor of National Teacher’s Day, Dr. Arslan, head of ilmibook shares some tips for parents and children suddenly faced with learning at home and online.
Here’s a list.
Create an age-appropriate structure or routine together:
Routines and structure can help us all do a better job of dealing with uncertainty. If possible, create a schedule and post it where everyone can see it. Make sure that the schedule includes not only school-related activities, but also exercise, relaxation activities, and fun times with family.
Create a learning space/place:
Just as you go about your daily routine, having a designated place to do your work will help you focus on the task at hand. This allows for a clear separation between “work” and the rest of your life. Older students, in particular, may need a quiet(-) place to get their school work done. If your family situation does not allow for this, talk to your child’s teacher.
Children have different needs depending on their age, ability, and personality. Play is an integral part of learning and a necessity. And as social beings, we all need connections with others – whether they are friends or family. Some students do better with video chatting with friends or doing schoolwork over the phone, while others need their family to check on them.
Talk to your child’s teacher:
If your child is having trouble with schoolwork or does not seem to be in regular contact with the school, try contacting the teacher.
Try not to worry:
Teachers are experts in meeting the needs of their students and take this responsibility seriously. No one expects you to be in charge of all of your child’s academic needs. Take advantage of the learning opportunities that this situation provides, such as reading books with your child, cooking meals together, making puzzles, coloring pictures, dancing together, measuring the daily rainfall, going on scavenger hunts, or writing in a journal. All of these activities meet the learning outcomes of the school curriculum and can be meaningful experiences for your child. This one’s yours.
What can parents do to encourage hands-on learning in their children?
When children are young and at home, parents have more control over how they learn. At this stage in a child’s life, it is important for parents to encourage hands-on activities that will lead to learning by doing.
But when a child moves out of the home and into a nursery, preschool, kindergarten, or elementary school, parents who value hands-on education will need to find a school that shares this priority. In addition to evaluating the school’s curriculum and asking questions during the admissions process, parents should also keep an eye out for schools that embrace Maker education, which encourages learning by doing and offers many other benefits similar to hands-on education.
“As a working organization, ilmibook is used to multitasking. But this has been challenging. Our children feel everything we feel with COVID-19 and it is so important now to not only support their emotional needs but also engage them in their learning at school. We have been making a lot of time for physical activity and getting out and about in our family.