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How to keep children learning at home

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How to keep children learning at home

  1. 1. How to keep children learning at home? Life is filled with uncertainty, especially at times like this. While many things remain outside your control, your mindset is key to coping with difficult circumstances and facing the unknown. Similarly, school closures, working remotely and physical distancing is too much for kids to handle. Their whole life has become topsy-turvy. The place that they used to enjoy going to — their school — is no longer there, has not been there for the past few months, and may not be there for the next, we don’t know how many months. This uncertainty is a huge challenge, and it can lead to more anxiety. Their whole routine structure has changed. They cannot go out and play with their friends and their friends cannot come over. This is an imbalance for them and creates anxiety, which they perhaps cannot explain. So parents should initiate and involve them in some kinds of the learning procedures. As long as they are getting quality time at home, as long as parents and other family members are able to give them that time, give them some creative attention, it is okay. Families play a vital role in the process of skill formation, which is just as important as the role of schools. o the closure of schools should renew attention to the development of resources for parents to facilitate learning, rather than curriculum delivery, for young children. Here are a few ways to help keep children’s learning process on track while they’re staying home:
  2. 2. Make a flexible routine: Try to establish a routine which has consistent bedtimes and clear expectations for wake-up time, Monday through Friday. Structure the day that ensures balance of academic, creative, physical and social activities along with healthy meals and snacks. Establishing a routine and structure is critically important for children and young people when you may notice your children need some level of flexibility in these times. Therefore, irrespective of age, keeping your child to a routine schedule will also create predictability and reduce anxiety. Stay in touch with your child’s education facility: Many schools are offering lessons online (virtual learning) so find out how to stay in touch with your children’s teacher or school to stay informed. Review assignments from the school, and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. You may need to assist your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers.Communicate challenges to your school, ask questions and get more guidance. Parent groups or community groups can also be a good way to support each other with your home schooling. Take the help of some activities: Use everyday activities as learning opportunities for your children. These activities are generally low or no cost and include: counting things, singing songs, telling stories, saying counting or alphabet rhymes, writing alphabets, solving puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things. They are fun and stimulating for children, and parents with varying degrees of literacy can take part in them. Independent play can also be used in place of structured learning. Furthermore, encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks. Have open conversations: Encourage your children to ask questions and express their feelings with you. Remember that your child may have different reactions to stress, so be patient and understanding. Start by inviting your child to talk about the issue. Start with shorter learning sessions and make them progressively longer. If the goal is to have a 30- or 45-minute session, start with 10 minutes and build up from there. Within a session, combine offline activities or exercises such as drawing, stories and other activities may help to open a discussion. Protect children online: Since children are unable to meet their friends/play outside, they tend to spend a lot of time on mobile phones, watching tv, etc. But increased access online brings heightened risks for children’s safety, protection and privacy. Discuss the internet with your children so that they know how it works, what they need to be aware of, and what appropriate behavior looks like on the platforms they use, such as video calls. The ideal online time for children under two years of age is 0, for three to five year olds it is one hour, for five to 10 year-olds, it is an hour and a half, and for teenagers it is two hours.
  3. 3. However, when digital platforms are used to provide an opportunity for children to keep learning, parents need to establish best screen practices. Parents have to worry about the blue light, the child’s posture, and what time they should get off the device so they get adequate sleep. If students follow these practices, it will not be an issue for them to spend more time on learning online. Besides taking online classes from school teachers, students should also enroll in online courses which offer flexibility, affordable cost, and a variety of academic opportunities. Learning online can help students hone the technical skills they need on the job. New skills can include the ability to use new software suites, perform in-depth research online, and communicate effectively online in various formats such as discussion boards and teleconferencing. For instance, students can avail various Bloom brain online services such as Live Classes and Live Doubt Classes. Not only this, but other than services related to academics, it also offers extra curricular services such as Online Courses on Personality Development, English Speaking, Coding and 3D Printing. Therefore, students can make the best use of this time and opportunity, and enroll in any of these courses. Bloombrain Learning Solutions Come into full bloom with online tutoring Bloombrain Learning Solutions is the future ed tech company that provides online tution classes (1st to 9th) to develop future warriors.

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