5 Home Learning Strategies to Further Develop Your Children
In this month's blog we’ve gathered some of our favourite tips for helping you and your kids with your home learning. It can be tricky finding the time to go through all their work but as any teacher will tell you the most helpful thing you can do is sit with them as they go through it.
Whether it is for a whole night or just half an hour, giving your little ones the chance to discuss with you the part they are struggling with will help them progress and feel more confident about their studies. We have gathered some of our other favourite tips to help you and your child with their learning journey.
1. Don’t try to replicate school.
School and home are undoubtedly different and for good reason. Home learning isn’t the same as school learning and it shouldn’t try to be. The benefits of home learning shouldn’t be stifled by trying to imitate a classroom. The freedom and flexibility at home will help your child feel confident to discuss topics and subjects with you openly. Working through a class project together in the comfort of your own home means your little ones have the freedom to experiment with their thoughts and ideas to produce something individual and important to them.
Another main benefit from home learning is the one to one attention they will be getting. It can be hard for a teacher to get round to every pupil during every lesson, however they are your only pupil. Meaning they will be able to fully flesh out the problems they are having with a subject or the equation they just can’t figure out.
2. Don’t stress!
While you may feel unequipped to teach all their subjects, just listening to them read aloud or slowly work through a page or two of a workbook is enough. There is no pressure for you to help them bump up a grade or two. Home learning is a great way to bond with your child and should be a fun activity that helps consolidate their learning while spending quality time together.
If you feel like you can’t work through their homework, curl up on the sofa and read a book together. Tomorrow is another day.
3. Speak to the teachers
A quick word with their teacher on the subjects to work on will help make your home learning feel productive and focused. They may be able to provide you with some extra worksheets or useful websites to help.
Also while the teacher's advice is great, consult your little one on the subjects they aren't fully confident on yet.
4. Educational Books
Every book is arguably educational, but finding the right book for their specific age group and learning ability will help them quickly improve their skills. By starting in a place where they are already comfortable, slowly pushing their ability will become a fun way of developing which you will both be able to witness as you work through the books.
Here at Books4Us we have a large collection of educational books perfect for home learning, from our Biff, Chip & Kipper collection to our Bond educational collection. The Bond educational collection is specifically perfect for home learning and they provide worksheets and tests for go through.
Our Bif, Chip and Kipper books can be found here.
Bond Educational collection can be found on our website here.
5. Remember to fail!
Teaching your kids that failure is a stepping stone to success is the perfect lesson to master at home. While failing a test in school can be disheartening, getting them to do practice tests at home will help them understand the benefits of making mistakes and getting them to start a good relationship with feedback and reflection.
We hope some of these strategies make you feel more confident about your after school learning and have inspired you to try some different techniques!