Guidelines for Continuous Learning

Here are some simple suggestions and links to other pages that might aid with a program of continuous education at home.

 

Setting up a program at home:

These are very general pointers. Some are relevant to younger children, some to older children, some to all children.

  1. Keep it SIMPLE
  2. Start slowly
  3. If it’s not working, don’t get frustrated. Put it aside for later and do something else
  4. Limit lessons to approx. 30 minutes at the start. This may be extended later.
  5. Provide both online and offline materials
  6. Try different locations – in the garden, on the deck
  7. Explore, have fun. Innovate – use anything to teach with if you are teaching. Try different ‘learning styles’ to cater for your child’s own preferences
  8. Try to arrange ‘face time’ with your children’s teachers once a week, even if only for a few minutes
  9. Consider setting up regular session times for your children to ‘conference’ with their friends, and regular sessions when they do not, to establish and limit expectations around social media.
  10. Establish routines and checkpoints with your student children. This will make it easier to keep things moving or get them moving again when things run down.
  11. Spend some of the day in ‘group activities’, collaborating or assisting. Where there are siblings, bring them together to work on something, anything, for part of the day
  12. Avoid expectations (‘My kids should be doing this’) or comparisons (‘Kids at my friend’s school are already doing this’). Every school is different. We’re all starting from similar but different places, and heading down the same road towards similar but different destinations.

 

Continuous Education relevant links:

Tips from homeschoolers:

Learning styles:

Figuring Out Home Schooling in the Age of Coronavirus

 

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