The current pandemic has redefined our schooling system, most students are now learning from home because of the coronavirus threat. Schools have adapted the teaching methods and ways of delivering the curriculum to students, new learning schedules have been adopted. But they’ve struggled to implement those schedules—partly because the tightly structured, time-in-seat approach of traditional schools often has more to do with crowd control than optimising learning.
The sudden shift to learn-from-home might provide a good kind of disruption, opening up a golden opportunity for students to engage in authentic, deep learning that is more self-directed, more playful, more aligned with young students’ development—and much easier for parents to manage than stacks of worksheets. Allowing students some choice over their learning builds intrinsic motivation, independence, and creativity. They can investigate real-world problems that interest them, research solutions, or build models or write reports that empower them. While it can be difficult in a traditional classroom of 25–40 students, at home parents can allow their children much more flexibility to choose topics to study, books to read, and ways to use their time.
Freeing students from the strict curricular requirements of most schools—which focus far too much on testing and standards—learning from home can allow time for deep exploration, building critical thinking skills and at least as critically a real desire to learn that will transfer to related topics of study. Creating memorable and fun learning experiences for your child are so
important in establishing a foundation for the love of learning, and a most special connection to home learning and most importantly, you as a parent.
Don’t forget that many quality digital apps are also available for learning and reading books. Students can use the apps to learn at home and further make the connection to the learning at school. Using tablets, computers or smart phones for small amounts of quality time can be beneficial to learning at home, especially if the topics are of high interest to the learner. For example, if you are learning outside and the child is interested in plants, then you can find apps with books on plants that will help your child continue the learning. Learning from should be self-directed, less structured and fun – this in turn will ensure students are more interested to do their school word at home.