March 20th, 2020
In the current state, with home-schooling being adapted by majority of the parents for some time, every parent will have different expectations and techniques. But the most important fact that should be remembered at all times is that there is not just one or two subjects those are important. All the subjects chosen by their respective teachers are important.
At home, children have many distractions henceforth, a selection of topics to study are focused on. But the difference between studying at school and studying at home is that children have more time to refresh. When studying, children need a blast of interest before doing something they struggle with. Such as many children will enjoy reading and writing, and not be interested in maths or some will enjoy maths and not be interested in reading and writing. Further addition of more subjects chosen by their respective schools in higher years.
Do not just focus on strengthening one area of study or two; it is important to get the children interested in wanting to do more than complementary finishing their work. Start with one part of your child’s favourite area of study then progressing into their struggled area of study and then finishing off their study period with something from their interest in studying. This will keep the children motivated and interested, as well as, completing all the designated work and probably more if the parents wish.
If you wish to do extra studies with your children, do not just focus on one subject you feel necessary, bring in more from the other chosen subjects too (mostly English and maths for primary school students). Get the children interested in reading books and discover what they are interested in reading, not just fiction, part non-fiction too.
And most importantly, communicate with children with how they will be attracted to learn.
Here is something attempted with a year 2 child: Let them pick a book they’d like to read and once finished, give them an opportunity to watch visuals of the book (movies and animated episodes) and then list what differences were there between the book and the movie. This gets them excited to tell you what they noticed was different and most likely want to repeat to see if they can find more. With maths, make colourful flashcards with them and play questions with them like a jig saw puzzle.
NOTE: A school day may be of 6 hours, but in it includes lunch and recess, student communications, sports and assemblies which reduce the study period to approximately 3-3.5 hours. Let the children have fun as well as progress in their subject outlines.
Have fun whilst teaching your children!