Parents As Partners - Supporting At-home Learning

  • Primary
Louise Mills, Assistant Head of Primary

Time management falls under the category of self-management skills. Parents can support the development of this by ensuring children maintain good routines in going to bed early and waking fresh and in time for classes.

by LOUISE MILLS, ASSISTANT HEAD OF PRIMARY

The Australian Teacher Magazine recently had a very informative article about practical strategies for parents to support at-home learning.

The main point of the article is that parents are to supplement what teachers do, not replace them. The role of the parent should be to help their child to develop independence, self-management and self-regulation skills, not to “teach”. The authors suggest parents can do this by:-

  • Providing the right amount of support at the right time;
  • Encouraging children to take risks with their learning;
  • Using open-ended questions;
  • Ensuring children retain responsibility for their learning (for example, contact the class teacher via Teams with questions); and
  • Giving the least amount of help first to encourage children’s ownership of the task

Time management falls under the category of self-management skills. Parents can support the development of this by ensuring children maintain good routines in going to bed early and waking fresh and in time for classes. Have the daily schedule printed out and support your child in reading the clock so they independently know when to attend each session. Remember to include brain breaks and time for movement. Maintain good healthy practices by having healthy snacks available and remind your child to clean teeth after each meal and wash hands frequently throughout the day.

 

Another very important way parents can support their children’s learning is through reading aloud each day to and with children, no matter what age. In addition to this being a special bonding time and instilling a love of reading in children, it supports early oral and literacy development, oral and written vocabulary, as well as modelling good reading practices and strategies. Share the reading with your child; have them participate in the reading; ask questions before, during and after the reading to support comprehension. Encourage older children to read each day, whether they be real or online books or magazines.

We send our sincere appreciation to all parents and guardians as they help their children navigate through these changes in schooling. Parents and school - partners together in supporting and developing student learning.

Article reference: Vaughan, T. & Schoeffel, S. (2020, April 6). Working with parents to provide practical strategies for home-supported learning. Teacher: Evidence + Insight + Action.