Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous kids are spending their time at home instead of school and hence need to do their school work in their homes. No surprise that the homework station has had its big comeback as parents want to provide the kids with a nice, suitable place for doing their homework.
The children must now create the learning material at home. Don’t worry; it’s going to work! These tips can help you to master what is now everyday life.
Parents now face a challenge that they had no idea about a few days ago: schools have closed, and the children have to learn at home. Somehow, they have to be made sure that they do the work. These tips can help motivate children to learn.
How do I get the learning material?
If possible, parents should ask the teachers or the school what material they can repeat and learn with the child, advises Ilka Hoffmann. She heads the school division on the board of the Education and Science Union.
It is often regulated in such a way that the teachers send the material to the parents via a parent spokesperson for a week, usually by e-mail.
Parents should not play teachers, try learning games!
The Primary School Association is taking the pressure off parents; they stated that parents don’t have to play teachers at home now. Instead of persisting with only learning material, they should focus on activities that would otherwise be neglected. Parents should make learning clear and playful, Hoffmann recommends – so that the children do not look at the clock, but have fun and are motivated. The Primary School Association offers suggestions:
Depending on the child’s reading level, reading can be independent, partner reading or mutual reading. The reading material should reflect the interests of the child. It makes sense to talk to the child about what you read and having deeper discussions about the subjects.
Basic addition and subtraction within numbers your child is capable of are useful for their learning and development. But this shouldn’t last as long as a school lesson, because the interaction at home is much more intense. A concentrated 10 to 15 minutes per day is fine. Instead of looking into a maths book, for younger children, parents could fill cups with stones and ask questions based on the number of stones, for example, how many more stones do I need to have 10?
Building and construction
This can be done according to building instructions or with building blocks or materials that are available at home. Technical understanding, spatial imagination, hand-dexterity, fine motor skills, perception, endurance and patience skills are built upon here. Many children also like to write down the building instructions for others.
Watching children’s films
And do it together! After that, you can talk about it, for example about the country or the region in which the film is set, which animals live there and how they live. You can then research everything together. For building emotional and personal skills, you can discuss the characters and their feelings at certain times in the film.
Children can learn a lot – such as focus, patterned behaviour, and concentration.
You can rehearse a song, learn a poem or draw pictures.
Many families are already using this when it comes to education. Top Tip from our editors: The project “Young Poets and Thinkers” playfully conveys German poems with songs.
Excursions into nature
If they are possible. Animals and plants that you don’t know about can be photographed, and then everything can be researched at home in encyclopaedias, in specific books, or on the Internet.
In all activities, parents should ask the children what they are interested in, what they want to know and do, and then come to joint agreements. Although a structure is important in the daily routine, a balanced change of externally determined and self-determined activities should be incorporated into the day.
The homework station is a great base for doing the indoor activities, and of course to make the time at home more fun.