Learning styles vary among children, with many kids excelling outside the classroom rather than at school. If your child is struggling in a particular school subject, there are budget-friendly tools and tactics you can apply at home to make learning easier. What’s more, many families are adapting to education at home due to the pandemic. Read on for what you need to know to make this experience a breeze!
With many schools still closed around the county due to the pandemic, parents are taking on new roles as teachers and tutors. Helping your child navigate schoolwork day-to-day can be difficult, so consider looking into parenting coaching help from resources such as Imperfect Parenting. You might find new ways to approach your parenting roles, which will give you confidence and patience as you assist your children with schoolwork.
For kids who struggle in a particular subject at school, it can be helpful to focus on fun projects at home. If, for example, your child is having a hard time in math, it could be that they have a hard time finding practical uses for the subject. It’s often taught using memorization over application, so find real-world math problems, such as measuring ingredients for baking, or help them with a DIY craft project such as building a small birdhouse from recycled materials.
Science can be another difficult subject for some kids, so consider ways to make it exciting for your child. Depending on your kid’s interests, you can pick a project that appeals to them. For example, if your daughter is obsessed with examining rocks in your backyard, help her learn about the cycle of a rock. Geology can be a fascinating subject if you make it relevant, but when it’s an abstract concept, many kids find it tedious.
While it is important to dig deeper into challenging subjects, take some time to expand your child’s knowledge of different subjects. For example, creative writing is a great skill and will improve your child’s writing and comprehension abilities.
To improve writing skills, First Cry Parenting suggests there are a few fun activities to do at home: ask your child to write down a fun phrase, and then ask them to draw it. Another option is to practice writing thank-you cards, which will also teach them the importance of showing gratitude. You can also play creative writing games online that will help your child expand their vocabulary.
Technology for learning
While pen and paper might be the original learning tools, Pine Cove Consulting notes embracing technology will elevate your child’s learning quickly. A low-cost, reliable laptop is one of the best tools to help kids learn, regardless of whether your child is working a new writing project or diving into research on humpback whales.
Laptops can be expensive; so be sure to do some research and find an option that is within your family’s budget. Look online for promos and sales, and take advantage of a Lenovo coupon to help you save money.
Parents as teachers
Online learning can be difficult for some kids, so be sure to research ways to help your kids to transition to learning at home instead of at school. It’s good to remember that your kids are also likely missing the social aspect of school; they probably miss their friends and find schoolwork a little less fun when it’s done at home.
If you co-parent, consider assigning different roles to each parent, depending on each of your skill sets. For example, if one parent is better at math and science, while the other is well-versed in writing and history, split up the teaching to suit your skills. You’ll enjoy it more, and you’ll be more confident as teachers. You can also connect with an actual tutor online if there is a subject beyond your knowledge-base, or if you simply need a break. To make it more cost-effective, consider looking for a tutor who is an older student or retiree.
Helping your child learn at home may feel daunting, but there are educational methods outside the classroom that are achievable for most families, and they aren’t expensive. Come up with fun projects that appeal to your child’s interests and are practical uses of the subject, and embrace budget-friendly help so your child can stay on top of schoolwork. Learning will be a breeze with these helpful strategies!
Laura Pearson is passionate about teaching the younger generation. Edutude was built to share resources on how to keep children engaged and in love with learning.