The transition to home learning is a big change for your child. The guidelines we have collected below can help you work with us to make home learning a positive experience.
1. Establish a daily timetable.
During a big transition, students need consistency. Try to keep normal meal and bed times and start school learning at the same time every day.
- Write your child’s daily timetable/ schedule where they can see it
(Tip: Put all family members’ timetables up together!)
2. Create a designated learning space.
- Choose a Quiet Location
Home learning spaces don’t actually have to be located at a desk or table. Lap desks and comfortable floor nooks packed high with pillows are all other viable options if you don’t have a table; as long as nothing impedes your child’s ability to pay attention and focus and write answers if necessary! The number one guideline for your child’s home learning space? Where your child does their work should be free of noise, distractions, and interruptions.
- Get Organised
Simply ask your child what they need to have in their home learning space to be able to do their job! (e.g. pencils, tablet, paper etc)
- Ditch the Clutter
Mess and clutter create chaos. It also delivers the feeling that everything is rushed and nothing ever gets completed in its entirety. Make sure that the home learning space is tidy and clutter- free before work starts.
- Set the Routine
While it may be tempting to let your child do their home learning in a new room each day, that defeats the purpose of trying to instil study skills and home learning routine. When your child asks if they can do their home work somewhere else besides their home learning space, you may find it helpful to explain the importance of a consistent homework routine.
3. Begin and end each day with a check in.
Designate time to check in with your child. This helps your child feel more secure and supports them to process the situation.
- Questions to ask:What are you learning today? What materials do you need? What did you enjoy learning today? What was challenging?
4. Two stars and a wish
At the end of the week have a review. Share your thoughts about what worked well or not and ask your child for their opinion too. One way to do this is to ask for 2 stars (2 positives) and a wish (something to change). Agree any changes and put them in place the next week.
5. Schedule physical activity and social interaction.
Physical and social activity are essential to your child’s wellbeing. Scheduling time for movement, social interaction, and play helps your child have a positive experience at home.
- Ideas: Create a family dance, act out a scene from a book, interview a family member, play your favourite game, cook or bake your family’s favourite recipe
6. Support your child’s emotional needs.
In stressful times, children need supportive and stable relationships with trusted adults. Stay close with your child and provide age-appropriate information.
- Kid-friendly comic about COVID-19
7. Monitor communications from your child’s teacher and school.
Teachers at St. Catherine’s will share tasks through your child’s Learning Journal. There will be additional learning activities posted on school website.
More details can be found in the St. Catherine’s Parent’s Guide to Home Learning (March 2020) on the school website in the Home Learning Section. You will also find a guide to how to use Learning Journals to interact with your child’s teacher.