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Getting your Child Prepped for Schooling from Home

08 June 2020
Getting your Child Prepped for Schooling from Home  -  june hoy

Humans are creatures of habit and, we all know, that when our schedules are disrupted or plans run askew it leaves us feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. Children are even more so affected by this.

Children function in routines and once a part of the routine is broken, children struggle to adjust.

Learning from home is a large adjustment for your child and you should do everything in your power to ease this transition! Here are some tips for getting your child prepped for schooling from home.

1. Develop a Timetable

Home is normally associated with free-time and homework so having to learn at home too is a big change in routine.

At school your child is used to having certain lessons at certain times with specific gaps been allocated for breaks. Making a timetable this rigid is not necessary but you need to make your child understand that there is a specific time for school, homework and relaxing.

It is also important for your child to understand that during ‘school time’ it is time for learning and break time is time for games, TV or playing outside.

2. Make a ‘School’ Space

Children might be tempted to work in their bedroom but this is also where numerous distractions are at arms-length such as video games, toys and cellphones.

Just as you have allocated a specific area to be your working area, you need to do the same with your child. By assigning a fixed area for learning, your child will subconsciously realise that this space is for learning only.

Children often learn through copying so setting up a desk beside yours might be an option to consider. It will also make helping with homework easier and allow your child to feel more comfortable.

3. Plenty of Breaks

Retaining new information is exhausting and having to do so in a different environment can take an additional toll. Be sure to allow your child to take plenty of breaks: a longer break for lunch and shorter fifteen minute breaks between lessons.

It is important to stay well-hydrated to keep the mind fresh so be sure to supply them with plenty of water!

Taking a break from work to take down the washing, water the plants or play with the dog can also be a way of taking their minds off of school work for a few moments.

4. Group Work

Group work forms an essential part of classroom learning and, been forced to work from home, prevents your child from experiencing this essential learning element.

If possible, it would be highly beneficial to organize a Skype or Zoom session between your child and their friends at least once a week so that they can discuss the work among themselves.

Hearing the content being explained from a different source can allow the children to make different connections and learn from one another. Otherwise, if you have multiple children, it would be beneficial to let them sit together and work together.

5. Make Learning Fun

The same way that you hate reading through long business reports, your child eventually becomes bored of working with a single textbook.

Try to make the home lessons fun by incorporating more than one medium of learning. Perhaps there is an interesting documentary on Netflix that explains the lesson topic of the day. Or maybe there is a fun song or video on YouTube that your child can sing along with.

There are plenty of websites with built-in crossword and word search builders – scratch around and see what you can find! Consider asking your child what the find fun and try to use that to make the lessons more relatable.

6. Dress for School

The start of a school day normally begins with putting on the school uniform. However, when at home, your child is used to wearing ‘home clothes’.

While it is not necessary for your child to wear their uniform at home (unless they prefer to) it is wise to make sure that they do get dressed for school. This means that the pyjamas stay in the bedroom!

7. Learning Outside the ‘Classroom’

Lessons do not only have to be taught and learnt within the ‘school space’. There is plenty that your child can learn at home that does not have to be a part of the set curriculum.

Take your child to the kitchen and let them help you bake. Allow them to do all the measurements and math. Or watch an educational movie on Netflix together in the evening!

Board games such as Monopoly, 30 Seconds and Pictionary are great for developing monetary skill, fine motor skills and for having fun together as a family. Don’t get so caught up in the homeschooling that you forget to have fun too!

8. Don’t Overwork your Child

The most important factor to keep in mind is that you should not overwork your child. Take the lessons at a pace that your child is comfortable with, make sure that they are learning something from the lessons.

Be patient with your child and be prepared to re-explain or find an alternative medium to explain. Everyone is different and learns in a different way – you and your child just need to discover what works best for them!


How are you adjusting to schooling from home? Do you have some tips to add? Share your opinions in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page!

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