Home-schooling can be beneficial for both children and parents, and studies show that children can thrive when schooled in the correct home environment. It’s a big investment in their future and a way to protect them from outside influences that you couldn’t in a traditional school environment. Here we have compiled some tips on how you can create an effective home school environment for your child.
Monitor their Media Access
Although if you are homeschooling online your child will need to access a computer – you will still need to ensure that you monitor this within school hours. If your child uses tech such as mobile phones, hand help computers, tablets, etc it can be a major distraction. Also, if they have lots of open tabs on their computer screen – it can be literally impossible to place their full attention on their studies if they are switching between tabs. Make sure that you check on a regular basis what is on their screens and allow them to use mobile phones or tablets only during break times.
Schedule in Regular Breaks
It’s difficult to maintain concentration for long periods of time, especially when you are on the computer a lot. As such, it’s critical that you break up their school hours to give them the chance to recharge their minds. If you work them for too long, or too hard – they will become tired and much less productive. A break for 10-15 minutes for a quick healthy snack is likely to improve their performance.
Create a Quiet Space
Obviously, you can’t control all outside noise, but it’s important you create as quiet a space as possible so your child is free from distractions, and to separate school studies from other areas in the house that they may associate with TV, computer games etc.
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Incentivize them to Do Well
We all work harder when there is an incentive involved whether we are an adult or a child – so there is no reason why this shouldn’t be incorporated into your child’s schooling. It doesn’t need to be extravagant rewards – you aren’t bribing them to learn, but little weekly treats when they get through all of their tasks. There are some great reward charts which you can use to track their progress – that may also motivate them throughout the week. You can even personalize your charts, so it incorporates their favorite characters or TV shows.
If you are home-schooling your child, or it has been on your mind – hopefully, these tips will come in handy when it comes to creating the right environment for your child to excel.
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