How to keep your child engaged in home learning
April 03, 2020
Millions of children across the country are currently completing their learning at home. At Explore Learning, we know the importance of engagement when it comes to learning. An engaged child is much more likely to complete the task at hand, as well as retain it for the future. Here are our top tips for keeping your child engaged in home learning.
Establish a home learning routine
Creating a routine doesn’t mean you have to copy the school-day. Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a routine which fits your child and the family. This could mean you learn in chunks of 45 minutes, or you focus on the core subjects in the morning. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with your child to build their ideal learning schedule. The beauty of this is that they are more likely to be engaged in their learning because they have had a say in the planning and they are mentally ready for the day because a routine has been established. Download our daily schedule planner to get started.
The power of choice
It’s quite easy to build an element of choice into your daily routine. For example, if you have two hours set aside to focus on the core subjects, would they like to start with maths, English or science that day? It could be as simple as offering a choice between starting on times tables or measurement work in maths. Giving children that small element of choice throughout the day means that they are much more likely to engage in the learning itself because they’ve chosen it!
Using questioning to help your child solve problems, rather than giving them solutions, is a vital step in maximising their learning. Simple questions such as, “What do you think the first step is?” and “What resources could we use to solve this?” are indispensable. They allow your child to develop their own thoughts and solutions. Developing an appropriate questioning technique will boost engagement in two ways. Firstly, your child will engage in their learning there and then because they will have a sense of pride in the things that they have achieved. Secondly, it creates better engagement further down the line when you revisit the subject because the more work their brain does, the more likely they are to retain the knowledge.
Practical applications & cross-curricular home learning activities
Nothing engages a child more in an academic skill than when they find an everyday, practical use for it that they want to be able to do. If your child loves being in the kitchen, you can bake a cake together using a fractional recipe. If they want to be an actor, turn your English lesson into a script-writing activity for them to perform!
It’s also very stimulating for children to work on cross-curricular projects, especially if they’re a bit of a surprise! You could start off with a maths lesson creating geometric shapes based on a pattern, and turn it into an art lesson colouring in the shapes with watercolours. This can help avoid children labelling subjects with statements such as, ‘maths is boring’ and ‘art is fun’. It allows them to just enjoy and engage in the process of learning instead.
To find out how we can help your child with at home education please call us on 01483 447414 or book a free online trial of Explore at Home below.
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