If we were to summarise the year 2020 in one word, that word would be unpredictable. More so for parents who have had to deal with the added stress of school closures, adapting their child’s entire learning experience.
Whilst many schools have re-opened, who knows what the next few months might bring; it is vital to stay prepared for future interruptions to the school calendar.
With or without the enforced lockdown measures, learning at home can provide your children with additional skills that they may not develop in school. We believe continuing your child’s learning journey outside of the classroom is vital for their future success.
So, for any parents who are inspired to create a nurturing learning environment at home, here are a few suggestions for you.
1. Inspire Them to Cultivate A New Hobby
Boredom isn’t often the result of having nothing to do but is, in fact, the result of having nothing new to do! Our brains need stimulation and respond well to new environments, challenges, and experiences. Hobbies allow children to explore their talents and to find out what they enjoy. Hobbies are a significant first step towards their future. If they have limited experiences, it can be incredibly hard for them to choose a career path later in life. Urge them to try new things and explore their passions. Art, photography, reading, gaming, and coding are some great examples of creative hobbies to try at home!
2- Focus your attention on building life-skills
One common complaint we often hear from parents is that school never prepared them for real life. Children also feel the same way; we have even had children come to us saying that they learnt more from a few sessions with us than they ever have done in school! Classic pen to paper textbook learning is prioritised over skills-based teaching, hence why children learn to pass exams but not how to navigate life with independence and self-sufficiency. There are many skills that parents can teach their children at home. Depending on their age, some examples might include sewing a simple stitch, money management, simple DIY tasks or essential digital learning. Digital learning is of particular importance to young people today. However, it is one area schools fail to deliver 21st-century skills to students. A simple Chinese proverb comes to mind here-
“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”– Chinese proverb
Technological advancement continues to accelerate; it infiltrates all areas of life. Love it or hate it, it is a reality that young people need to develop their digital skills no matter what career path they choose to follow. Algorithmics is helping young people to get #Futureready with our online programming courses. Start with the FREE TRIAL CLASS.
3- Make the most of digital resources available to you
Fortunately, parents now have access to thousands of digital resources online. Apps, videos, and online learning platforms are all accessible from the comfort of your own home. Look for active learning experiences that make the most of games and animations so that your children stay engaged. For example, our state-of-the-art eLearning platform integrates game-based activities and animated graphics. Also, a live tutor leads every session to ensure your child is challenged at their level. Home learning experiences should be positive and rewarding. There is nothing worse than passive activities with zero engagement.
4- Virtually connect with friends
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of traditional school environments is the friendships you make along the way! Try and keep your kids connected by organising group calls and virtual activities. Social skills are important for a child’s learning development. That’s why our students learn in small groups of 6. Connecting in small groups allows your child to make friends who have similar interests.
We hope these ideas will help you to bring positive learning experiences into your home long after lockdown has ended! We would love to hear what you have been doing to bring learning into your home.