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Best tips To Teach Kids At home During COVID 19 | 2020 9 Ultimate tips

With all schools opening in September, It may seem challenging teaching your children; this can allow them to strive in their new year. Home leaning during coronavirus may be the time they needed to catch up and learn new concepts at their own pace. 

1) Every child is unique and different. There is no perfect revision method or the bulletproof way of learning. With so many different types of learning, it is crucial to understand that what may work for someone may not work for your child. You can have visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, and reading/writing learners. It is also important to note that every subject has may require a different approach. You may need lots of working out and diagrams in maths whereas in history you can use a timeline and mind map for key ideas. The best way is to experiment with different styles and mould your lesson and strategies around your kids. You could ask whether they’d like to write or if they prefer to listen to you explain. 

2) Create a timetable. With a regulated and ordered schedule, it makes it easier to know what will happen throughout the day. It would be best if you had a plan as it can maximise your success, and it is more efficient. Some parents opt to follow their child’s school timetable—other parents like starting earlier so their child can get it over and done with. If your child wakes up late and finds it much better to start later, then you can adapt the timetable. Personally, I find it best to start early as you have more energy earlier in the day. I found it harder when starting later as it can seem your child does not have enough energy and can not concentrate later on in the day. But a timetable is an absolute must if you wish to succeed.

3) Keep it entertaining. Remember your worst teacher at school, most likely you probably did worst in that subject too! Don’t be afraid to crack a joke every now and again. You can play educational games. A game which is a perfect mix between maths and sports can prove to motivate your child. A great idea is to have a race which starts off with a maths question. If you get the answer right, you start to run all the way to upstairs and back, completing various task along the way. You may put small obstacles and areas where you can’t touch the floor, or you must only crawl). I also add maths problems alongside or tell them to shout their times tables at some areas. Time them and create a leaderboard. Quizzing kids can always be competitive and a fun way to test what you have learnt. Studies have stated how, after exercise, a child’s capacity to learn increases. A morning intense football match may help them learn.  

4) Use free resources! Parents don’t know and aren’t expected to know everything. You can contact your school, and they should give some resources to help your child, whether it be textbooks or homework. 

When your child doesn’t understand a topic, it can be beneficial to watch youtube videos or use BBC bitesise as well as the ocean of other free resources. For older students, don’t only use revision resources also use exam resources. For example, use past exam questions. For past exam questions, you can use your own exam board website or a great website is physicsandmathstutor.com. These can test your knowledge and highlight the key areas/concepts you must know from the topic. 

5) Don’t forget to have breaks. Kids can find it tiring to work extended periods, so remember to include regular breaks. It can be a quick 10-minute break before every lesson or a 20 minute break time.  

6) Use mindmaps. At the end of every class or day, make your child draw a mind map for every lesson they have completed. This can allow children to connect ideas and a superb way to demonstrate what they have learnt. This can also be enjoyable and educational. However, if they don’t like writing ask them to teach you what they have learnt. This can also reinforce what they learnt. 

7) Space is essential. You should have a specific room for work. This can make children concentrate more and aid them in their home learning. It is important to stick to that one place when you revise. Use a proper desk or chair instead of sitting in bed or on the sofa, as this too can encourage children to work more effectively.  

8) Put away your phones, Tv, Consoles and all distractions. Eliminating distractions is key when your child is working. Don’t be tempted to but it near you, like in your pocket or on your desk. Put it far away. I urge parents to put their child’s phone far away, so it is not even in their sight. 

9) Rewards go a long way. Give them something to look forward to when they are done. It can be playing a game or eating a burger. With a clear goal in sight, children can actually try much harder and work. This is a fantastic way to start encouraging your child to work at home and avoid forcing them. Instead of forcing them to practice maths, tell them they can watch tv when they finish. Sometimes it assists them to work faster as well and not waste as much time.

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