Learning with Your Child
When you are educating your child from home, be sure to understand that there will be up and downs and some emotional moments when you will have to ask questions about yourself, the key is not to give up on yourself, when you give up, it is your child who loses out.
You will need to find a method to monitor and track your child’s learning progress, you can create a grading system or find out what your Childs current grading system is. An example for grading could be A+ = 90%% above, A- = 80% above B+ = 70% above B- = 65% above C = 65% above C- = 60% above D = 40% above F = Fail.
Identify the support for your Childs learning needs and link yourself into networks that can assist you in developing your Childs learning. Do not worry about any doubts that may come to mind, this is normal behaviour it will get easier as you go forwards. The key is to surround yourself with like-minded parents who share similar experiences and are prepared to assist when you need each other.
When you study the curriculum for your child be sure to understand that this is just a framework for their learning you can make adjustments and integrate your own learning methods. It is best to make changes when you see your child may not be engaging, if it not broken don’t fix it. However when you see your child is struggling to grasp knowledge in a standard format then change it and make it suitable for their learning needs. The key is to explore through learning and underpin any knowledge obtained.
When setting the standard for your learning environment get your child involved in the process, ask them what they would like to learn and how? What are the best times they would like to study? What sort of rewards would they like to receive when they achieve? Although not everything your child asks for may be possible you can compromise with your child. You will find making an agreement with your child to learn involves your child in the process for their learning something they are not generally asked to be involved in, this can create a level of ownership and responsibility from your child to perform because they made the choices and were involved in the decision making process.
When teaching your child look for these signals:
1) Is there an eagerness to learn?
2) Are they working hard work and putting in lots of effort?
3) Are there traits of self-discipline or do you have to watch over them all the time?
4) How are they managing their time and patience?
5) Do they like flexibility or a set routine for their learning?
6) What is your child’s level of enthusiasm to learn?
7) What is the standard of work being produced?
8) What does your child think they need to improve and how they could possibly improve?
It is imperative that you are motivated to teach your child, knowing where you are in the learning process will give you the indicators that you need to perform better for your child. When you are at work you would be appraised on key performance indicators (KPI’s), children work much in the same way, it is important for your child to know when they are improving and the areas they need to improve in. It is also very important that you know what your child’s weaknesses and strengths are to be able to support them to raise their level of attainment.
Think of teaching your child like they are employing you to learn, write up an agreement between you and your child, you may find it fun. When you have issues and meet barriers bring out the agreement and identify what your child agreed too and what you agreed too. Always bear in mind when something is not working an agreement should be flexible, be sure to understand that the best agreements are when both parties involved have their say and are represented equally in the agreement.