The coronavirus has been a major disruption for pupils in schools.
Much of the panic has been centred around 16-to 18-year-olds exam prospects. However, it’s been reported that the younger pupils are most affected by covid learning loss. Each schooling year builds on the next, and if there’s a gap in the system earlier on, further problems can also arise in the future.
It may be a good idea to do some extra work over the summer holidays so that your kids can catch up with their schooling. Of course, you may meet resistance here. Here are some ideas to make the process easier.
Give Your Kids Breaks
Even though your child is behind, they should not spend all their summer holidays learning. The 6-week period is there not just for fun and holidays but also to help your kids reset and relax before the new term starts.
While some extra learning might be necessary, you shouldn’t be overbearing. Instead, create a reliable schedule where your child can make time for other things too. One effective technique can be to do 30 minutes of learning and then doing something else for a while. A little later, they can do another 30 minutes, and so forth.
Don’t sit your child down for hours and put them through a makeshift school day. You don’t want to burn them out or make learning something that they dread doing. Instead, breaking everything up into digestible chunks for an optimised learning experience.
Consider Online Tutoring
Parents who don’t have a strong education themselves may struggle to tutor their children. Still, there’s no reason to feel any shame about this, and help is available if you’re in that situation.
For example, 11+ tutoring can be an immensely useful resource. Tutoring sessions can be conducted online and face-to-face and equip both parents and their children with everything they need to thrive in a home learning environment. Browse their testimonials and apply if you like what you read.
It’s important to realise that though struggle is to be expected, neither you nor your child are alone in this. Reach out for help should you need it and make good use of all the available services. Be prepared to do some learning yourself, and you’ll be in a better position to support your child independently too.
Create a Positive Environment
A measured approach is best when trying to get your kids to do anything. Your panic can soon become their panic, so it’s essential to be calm.
Create a positive learning environment for your child. Make sure that they have everything they need and that they have pleasant surroundings to enjoy. On sunny days, you could even do homework and extra assignments out in the garden.
Lean into the benefits of home learning. Make things more fun and flexible than they would be in a school. There’s no need to be overly formal.
It’s also a good idea to research positive parent techniques so that you can ensure you’re building the right kind of environment for your child. Be friendly and approachable and sit with them as they go through their work. Try to be a relatable guide rather than an overly strict teacher or disinterested parent.
Thanks for reading xxx
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