While children are slowly trickling back into classrooms, many remain at home as schools prepare for them to come back. So, it’s quite literally back to the drawing board for parents who are still trying to figure their way around homeschooling their tots.
A stressful time for moms and dads, sure – but the uncertainty is also bound to affect your kids who’ve had to adapt to a whole new way of learning.
These tips and tricks will make things a little easier for you and your little one.
Setting the scene
Where you choose to set up your home classroom can affect your child’s productivity. Just as adults have been advised not to work from their beds, for example, kids need a stimulating area where they can focus solely on learning. So, pick a spot or room that’s free from distractions like the TV, food and household traffic – and organise the area neatly. Removing clutter makes for a healthier, happy working environment.
By creating a space dedicated to schooling, your child will be able to separate work from play.
Armed with the best tech
A stable internet connection is your first port of call to ensuring your child can get their work done effectively. Equally important is the device they’re working on. Attending an online class while completing different worksheets is a level of multitasking not even we have perfected.
Fortunately, LG’s UltraWide monitors has us covered – two Thunderbolt input/output ports allow you to connect to compatible devices. This means your child can watch their teacher on one screen and complete their work on another.
Take a breather
It’s tempting to get all the schoolwork out of the way so you can get back to your job, and your kids back to playing. But, to avoid completely disrupting their usual routine – it’s important to treat the day as teachers would at school and allowing your kids time away from work to have a snack, potter outside or, to simply take a breather. These short breaks can help them focus better, increase their productivity and does wonders for stress management.
Finding fun ways to incorporate learning can also assist in taking the pressure off learning. Educational games are readily available and inspire productivity.
A necessary pat on the back
We’ve got to give it to our little tykes for navigating their way through a global pandemic. Recognising this, and their efforts towards learning is super important if we’re to continue motivating them during such uncertain times. Praising your kids for work well done is also hugely beneficial for productivity as they will begin to better themselves knowing there’s a reward at the end. Rewards don’t have to be verbal of course– an extra few minutes watching their favourite show or a sweet treat after dinner will go down well, too. Either way, they deserve it!
The most important thing to remember is that everyone’s trying their best. Whether it’s doing the right thing, finding some balance, or changing your approach – be patient with yourself, and your kids. We’re all in this together!
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