7 Effective Ways for Home-Schooling during the Lockdown

The prospect of Home-Schooling and e-learning is overwhelming for students, parents, and staff alike, some of whom still bear scars from the extended school closure last year. We would assume that what was learnt during the first lockdown, would make things a little easier. But in homes and classrooms, there are too many factors, and this will not be the case for everyone among individual students, teachers, and families.

There is a lot to learn from the past experiences of continuing education during the lockdown. It was indeed an unprecedented experience for everyone and with the new reality of e-learning & home-schooling dawning upon parents and kids, it was difficult and tough to convert a household into a classroom. And now, as we have another lockdown in place with its extension unknown, it is time to make use of the learnings of the past and make this period a better experience in terms of learning and education.

So, what have we learnt from the first lockdown and what can be done to make it different this time? We bring you top 7 tips on creating a positive experience during this phase of Home-Schooling and e-learning.

Tip 1 – Do not recreate the Online Classroom.

The reality of virtual classrooms and online classes have been difficult for students. The core of any learning institution is to inculcate interactivity, group work, engagement, communication amongst students which in retrospect is difficult to do with the student sitting in front of a laptop. E-learning can only do so much for cognitive development, and it is for the parents to create an environment where the kids can learn outside of curriculum. Parent should realize it is impossible to replicate the classroom or school experience at home and they should not be putting themselves under pressure to do it.

Parents must ensure that Home-schooling needs to be completely different from their virtual classrooms. Fun learning through school, or parental, assignments that include PE, art, simple baking, and self-directed projects for older children, are more likely to maintain family well-being and child development.

Tip 2 – Prioritise family well-being.

It does not matter if you are a homemaker, a work-from-home parent, or work-from-office parent, it is altogether a big challenge to get your kids to follow the online schedule. In between your own work & household chores, keeping your children “on tasks” can be difficult on you and the child as well. So, it is important to prioritise the well-being of the whole family. Parents can create collective decision system which not only works for their children but also for themselves and other commitments.

Putting yourself under pressure to get through everything might not only affect yourself but also the young ones as they are not used this type of environment. Hence, focusing on family well-being will not only create calmness amidst the chaos, but also construct a belief of inter-dependency amongst the parents & children.

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Tip 3 – Create a structure for your children.

Time Management can be the biggest takeaway of the ‘Stay-At-Home’ measure. With education & work both being done at home, creating a structure on how to go about a day is very crucial as there might be a lot of time spent on the couch surfing social media, playing online games, streaming etc. which adds on to the screen time with the entire morning spent in an online classroom.

It is important that parents should create a definitive structure for the children to follow which can include daily tasks and fun activities that you can do together. There is a lot of time that can be used for cognitive development of children and a proper structure might go a long way to make use of the time outside of online classroom and make the best of it.

Tip 4 – Use technology for learning on their terms.

As mentioned on the previous time, creating, and managing a structure can work wonders in the cognitive development of kids. Even if there is an increase in the screen time, it is alright. You just have to make sure that they use this screen time to learn things outside of their curriculum instead of spending it all on games and social media. There are a lot of resources available online which are more fun than the online games and you can even participate with the kids to have some fun family time. You can learn different languages in a more fun way, you can bring about the creative side of the kids with sites where you can create art and design and so much more. Let us not restrict the use of technology only for classrooms and study but for the overall development of the children.

Tip 5 – Turn the old timetable into an interactive and fun line-up.

Gone are the days when children had the same schedule every day. Wake up, School, Playground, Couch, Dinner, Sleep. There is so much more that can be achieved during the lockdown. Turn the ship around, make every day a bit more exciting and intriguing for the kids. Yes, classrooms are important, but all being online can give you a sufficient space on the board to make the day a bit more fun, a bit more productive and a bit more interactive.

Tip 6 – Be Mental-Health Aware

Home Schooling can be a daunting task. It can get your patience checked every minute of every single day. But now that you have the tips to overcome the challenge, it is also important to know the state of mental health, of both parents & children likewise’, is a matter of great importance. Spending time with the kids, talking to them, understanding their feelings can help you understand the state of mental health of the kids. Regular check-ins and initiating conversations when appropriate enable you to improve the psychological aspect of the child’s development. Your own mental health means a lot here too. And this can be done mutually by spending times together and doing fun activities which reduces stress & anxiety levels, improves communication, and build a health relationship.

Tip 7 – Eliminate online distractions, 100% focus.

Focus and concentration are important aspects of home-schooling and e-learning. Since your living room has now turned into a makeshift classroom, it is important to create an environment in which the kids are not easily distracted with the other segments of the internet. It is very easy to be constantly interrupted by the notifications from social media apps, instant messaging, online games etc. Since you have to be on the internet to attend a class or search for online resources, it is difficult to be focused on the class with these distractions. Even if you have assigned them a task online, they are still looking at their social media which clearly does not let them concentrate.

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iKydz Study Aid gives you the option to create a proper structure which gives you the peace of mind that the kids can focus on their studies without you having to supervise them all the time. In fact, you can now create a reward system which lets them use their social media and other sites upon completion of their schoolwork and classes. This inculcates a responsible behaviour and a healthy parent-child relationship.

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