With many students still learning remotely, it’s important to continue finding ways to support your child’s studies from home. Elementary school is especially critical because not only are students learning the fundamentals of core subjects, but they’re also learning the fundamentals of learning.
Part two of Education.com’s Parent Guides details helpful tips for keeping your child engaged and on track for their grade level, as well as methods for encouraging healthy learning habits. Check out some of our top tips:
Contextualize learning with real-life examples
Trying to conceptualize math and grammar rules is challenging in its own right, now imagine how difficult that must be over a screen! Using real-life examples will help your learner think critically about how their lessons apply to the world around them.
Ask your child’s teacher or take a look at our Parent Guides to determine the specific skills your child is tackling in class, then point out how their math or reading skills fit into your family’s home life. For example, try a baking project in which your child is in charge of measuring, counting, and dividing the ingredients, so your child can put their math skills to good use. Or for something more simple, ask them to count how many steps it takes them to walk from their bedroom to the front door. At-home games like these are fun because they can be tailored to fit the exact skill level of your learner.
Make homework time short and sweet
Whether your child has 10 minutes of homework or an hour, this supplemental work time should be a positive experience that empowers your learner to spend the extra time required to fully grasp a skill.
Scheduling specific homework time and setting a timer to accompany it is a good way to empower your student to take ownership over their learning, while still allowing them to work at their own pace. If homework feels intimidating or frustrating for your child, it is important to let them vent, and even validate their feelings of discouragement if they arise.
Set up a “smart space” for your child
We all know how essential it is for adults to have a designated office space especially if they’re working from home. The same is true for kids! Having a special spot that is just for learning and homework will help your child get their head in the game when it’s school time.
Talk with your child about their ideal “smart space” and work together to make it come to life. Whether it’s a desk with some school supplies or a whole room where your student can sprawl out, having a quiet and organized space to learn will make all the difference.
Spend time learning with your child
Because young children look up to their parents, it’s important to lead by example, and show your child that you’re willing to sit down to read a chapter book or play a math game together. If possible, have your child take the lead reading a passage or explaining the rules of a math game, so they feel a sense of authority over their learning.
If your child hasn’t quite grasped some math or reading skills, don’t be afraid to step in and help. Remember, showing your child that their work is worthy of your attention will affirm the value of their scholastic endeavors.