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During the COVID-19 pandemic, children cannot go to school and must carry out learning activities at home. Well, during the learning process at home, the role of parents is very important in assisting children in learning so that they remain enthusiastic and can absorb lessons well
Indonesian people are now starting to live a new normal lifestyle. In this lifestyle, people are able to carry out their activities as usual with the new rules. However, the new normal lifestyle cannot yet be applied in the teaching and learning process in schools, so children still have to study at home.
Tips for Accompanying Children Studying at Home
Accompanying children to study at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for many parents, especially for those who also have to work from home. So, so that you are not overwhelmed and your little one's learning activities are still effective, let's take a look at the following guide:
1. Schedule daily activities with children
Staying at home can make your little one think that this is a non-stop vacation. As a result, he may not want to learn. So, stick to a daily activity schedule for your little one and involve him in making that schedule. This way can make him more willing to accept and follow the schedule that has been agreed upon.
Mothers can discuss and ask for their little one's opinion about what time he wants to wake up, take a shower, study, eat, and rest.For example, every Monday to Friday, your little one wakes up at 6 am, then takes a shower and has breakfast. After that, learning activities can start at 8-11 am. If the learning activities are finished, your little one can rest, have lunch, or play.
2. Pay attention to the place and length of time for children's learning
The place to study is one of the important factors to support your little one's learning concentration, you know, Bun. Choose a room that is comfortable, quiet, and has good lighting. In addition, avoid rooms where there are toys or television because it can interfere with his concentration.
The length of time you study should not go unnoticed, right, Bun. Generally, children can concentrate fully for 20 minutes while studying. So, after your little one has finished working on some questions for 20 minutes, you can let him rest for a while.
3. Get to know your child's learning style
Every child has their own learning style. It is important for the mother to recognize the learning style of the little one to make it easier for the mother to accompany her and make it easier for the little one to receive lessons.
If your child is more receptive to information by seeing, it means he has a visual learning style. With this learning style, give your little one books with more pictures and various and colorful written forms. Mothers can also teach their little ones by using a mind map or mind map.
If your little one is more comfortable learning by listening to Mother reading a book, it means that she has an auditory learning style. In accompanying him while studying, use a soft intonation and like telling a story, yes, Bun.
Finally, your little one has a kinesthetic learning style if he understands the lesson better when he is allowed to move, for example twirling a pencil or moving his feet. In this learning style, Mother can prepare props or practice directly what is learned, so that the information is easier for the Little One to remember.
4. Establish communication with the school
Even though your little one only studies at home and doesn't go to school, you still need to regularly communicate with the teacher at school, right? Mother can ask what material the Little One needs to learn.
Some schools have made online learning systems, for example by conducting question and answer sessions via video calls or submitting assignments through an application. However, make sure you always accompany your little one when accessing the internet.
Occasionally give him a reward for certain achievements, for example when he manages to memorize a material or can do some questions. That way, your little one will be more motivated to study at home and the learning process can be fun for him.
Study at home is one of the government's efforts to break the chain of the spread of COVID-19. However, don't let this time at home be used by children just to play and laze around.
Apply the tips for accompanying children to learn that have been described above so that your little one does not get bored during the COVID-19 pandemic and can still get an education like when he was at school.
If your little one is having trouble adjusting to the home study system or if he looks gloomy while being “cooped up” at home, try to talk to him from heart to heart. If necessary, consult a psychologist. Children can feel frustrated in these circumstances, especially if they have learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.
During this pandemic, take advantage of online he alth applications, such as ALODOKTER, to consult a psychologist. Through the ALODOKTER application, you can chat directly with a doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist, and make an appointment for a consultation with a doctor at the hospital if you really need an immediate examination.