For those of you struggling with this new gig, here are a few ways you can create a home classroom that inspires independent learning, self-awareness and self esteem for all.
- Set the stage for learning by designating a workspace in the house if possible. Create a school like environment at home by choosing an area as free of distractions as possible. Have it include a clean work surface, and any supplies they need.
- Strive to offer multiple modes of learning. IMAGINE the different ways we can learn by exploring the world thru different lenses. You’ve heard the expression “there’s more than one way to skin cat” well this applies here too. Be creative! Create a history lesson that incorporates art, math and science.
- Model enthusiasm and caring about the subject matter. Relate your instruction to include your child’s personal interests whenever possible. Challenging concepts are easier to grasp when we have a frame of reference.
- Allow your student time to learn. Often they don’t have this luxury at school. Even if you feel their work should be complete within a certain time frame, just for now try to be flexible. Use this time together as an opportunity to discover your child’s individual learning style. Exploring knowledge together allows us to peek into the places where our children shine and discover areas where they need help.
- Listen to your children. Active listening is a form of respect and this show of respect helps your child build self worth.
Hope Nichols, M.A. LMFT