Discipline in Home Learning
When your child is at home and you become their tutor, you may find it hard to maintain discipline. It is easy for your child to think that they are free to do what they want to do because they are at home. This can become an issue and you will need to nip it in the bud from the beginning. It is imperative that you get your child into a routine with their studies.
Although you will be put to the test you will get through, remember you and your child have the flexibility and with this, in hand, you and your child can determine the best times for them to learn and come to an agreement between you both on how much to learn and when learning will take place.
Learning from home does not have to be six hours a day, two to three hours of quality learning is sufficient to develop your child. You could potentially start with one subject per hour or the same subject with different activities. It is completely up to you and your child as to what method is best suited to their needs.
Keeping your child focused is the key to successful home-learning, in order to achieve that objective you have to remain focused and determined to see you, child, through their learning journey. You can mix up activities until you find the right one and see how your child reacts to certain learning tasks. You may find they react to some tasks better than others, log them down and eventually develop your own method that works for you both.
Remember there are no exams or supervision from school with you so it is very easy to lose your way, apply your discretion and put together a schedule that you both can comply with.
When doing work with your child you can try things like supervising them whilst they get going and then leave them on their own for a while to see if they maintain the discipline to complete their work. You can also set them homework to complete on their own that will help you to measure how well they perform on their own, whether they complete it or not is the question, you are putting this in place to see how effective your child is learning on their own initiative. When they do not complete you can speak to them as to why they did not complete and what they could do better next time to complete. Praise them on what they have completed correctly to motivate them to do more. When they have completed encourage them to do more on their own, you could put a small library in your child’s room for them to access as and when they like. Set tasks for them to read certain books and assess them on those books by setting some key questions as to what happened in those books.
Timekeeping is an essential part of life, work on your child’s timekeeping and embed this into their learning until it becomes a part of their life, this could take a matter of years so be patient they will thank you for it when they become adults.
It is advisable to ensure that your child addresses you correctly and has the right manner of approach in terms of language expression, many children today are very lost when it comes to using the English language and refer to slang, it is this same lay language slang that will ostracise them from society when they become adults.
In today’s society, it is not easy to get children on track due to so many distractions, however, you shape you and your child’s world, it is the perception that you create that your child will mold into. When you take steps to establish the ground rules and include your child into their learning you are on the right track be sure not to stop just keep on going no matter what hurdles you and your child have to face those emotions in themselves are life lessons for you both to learn.