For many of us parents, our children’s school has moved to a screen in our house. You might be longing for the days when peace would reign for several hours every weekday, while our offspring were temporarily someone else’s responsibility. But despite some of the terrible costs of the Covid19 crisis. Home based learning can be a blessing in disguise. This is a great opportunity to create the home, family and learning environment that seemed just out of reach.
Good Chemistry: Spending extra time with your children is going to pay dividends for the rest of your life. Parent-child bonding, particularly in educational experiences, releases oxytocin, which, besides having the effect of causing pleasure, establishes a link between good social interaction and positive returns. Your children may become slightly addicted to positive social interaction, nurturing, and learning. Simultaneously, the parent-child bond is strengthened. A lasting effect of this interaction is the expectation of a higher rate of personal success and better relationship skills in the future.
Good influences: The school system does everything it can to satisfy the most people within the rules and their budgets. The teachers are amazing people who go the extra mile to take kids as far as they can go. However, there are some downsides to your child’s education occurring among children with habits and behaviours which are completely unacceptable in your home. On top of this, there is no way that a large class can be optimized for the learning level of every child. Falling behind is a real possibility because there just isn’t time for a teacher to know where every child is at, within a subject. With your children at home, you can have better influence in their choices and behaviours. You will also understand which areas your child needs help in, and the areas they have already mastered.
Creating a learning environment: If the classroom is at home, the onus is on you to make that space available. But instead of just a table and a laptop, this is a golden opportunity to get some modern classroom furniture to maximize your child’s learning environment. Potentially making you the envy of your parenting social group. A little research will reveal that intelligent and attractive educational furniture is available. Grocorp is an example of a company that offers a virtual wonderland of all things educational with first rate designs that no future parent of the year could resist. Creating a flexible learning environment can help your child develop habits for lifelong self-directed learning.
Better education: It is no secret that the overall credentials of the homeschooled children from the last couple of decades are impressive. Homeschooled children tend to score higher on tests and finish earlier than those in the public system. One to one interaction expedites learning, but is nearly impossible in modern classrooms. Now you can have the best of both worlds, by providing the guiding parental hand, but without the preparation and marking, which makes traditional home-schooling a heavier responsibility.
Freedom: Although your children are still tied to a schedule, there is now more latitude available to make school time fit into your life. No bus to catch, no rides back and forth or carpooling. You have much more latitude to bring family values into your child’s weekly experience. Cooking and cleaning together, learning an instrument, or even starting a garden outside is first-rate quality time. Learning new skills, will open doors for your children that might never have been considered.
Organic scheduling: Are you a morning person? How about your child? Maybe both of you function better after 10 AM? Perhaps your day flows best when you can get a few things done before your new students wake up. In government schools there is only one pace. Children must appear in a certain desk at a certain time, everything else is secondary. But now you have opportunities to take advantage of daily events, get appointments when they are convenient, recess and meals can happen, exactly when they work best for you. You can even change up the location now and then How about a trip to a museum or some historic location to coincide with a lesson plan?
This might be the future: No one knows how long this change is going to last. There are indications that the shift to the home might not be temporary. This is a good reason to be proactive and invest some time and resources towards the perfect home learning environment.
Spending time with family and educating our children is one of the treasures we lost through our culture’s rampant materialism. Now we have this golden opportunity to maximise our children’s potential and build stronger family bonds. How you choose to see the situation is up to you, but if you can’t change it, you might as well take all you can from the opportunity.