August 26, 2020
Define a Structure
Set a schedule for the weekdays and weekends.
Children and teens do their best if there are plans for each day, especially the weekdays when they would have been in school. It is best to have a regular wake-up time and bedtime that is the same as the schedule you set when they are attending school, since it can be hard to get back on track.
Amapola is used to an early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule; so she was up and ready to study every morning.
Set up a learning environment:
Every home is different but it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable space in which to learn. Whenever possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares.
Amapola’s mother selected a place for her that can be quiet at times, and where her daughter feels safe and motivated. It is also a space that can be easily accessed if another adult needs to help and take care of her.
Take short breaks and plan for better time management
Make sure you are aware of how long a learning activity is expected to take and identify appropriate times for breaks. Breaking down larger learning activities into parts will help your child learn more efficiently and enjoyably. Use a timer (on a phone or tablet, or even the oven!) to schedule time spent on specific tasks.
During her breaks, Amapola enjoys preparing a recipe of iced coffee with her mother, and also takes a quick math lesson using the right amount of ingredients!
Use charts to record progress against the day's learning activities.
This could be a task list with a simple tick or sticker against completed items. It's easy to make these at home on the computer or download them from the internet. You and your child could make one together using pen and paper. Amapola and her mother use the last one to record the completion of learning tasks and provide a sense of accomplishment!
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