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.
GIVE YOURSELF INTERNET PEACE OF MIND!
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