Home-based Learning (HBL) is back! Starting 27 September through 7 October, the full HBL will apply to all primary school students and special education schools as a measure to protect “our younger students who are not yet medically eligible for vaccination”, as reported by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
HBL is not something new for parents and children since the coronavirus started invading our lives. By now, parents would have come to terms with the fact that our kids require a lot more supervision than initially thought. Since the previous HBL, you may have already set up a sort of process to assist Junior in HBL, as well as work from home (WFH) simultaneously.
But as diligent parents, there are active steps we can take to create a conducive virtual learning environment for our children. Since HBL seems to be here to stay, it would be constructive for your child to have in place a dedicated learning area if you have not already done so.
Check out the following six ways you can make HBL a more pleasant and effective process for Junior while keeping them safe. The biggest plus is you don’t need to be a super parent to do so!
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Tip 1: Create the right environment
Much like creating the right ambience when it comes to sleep, dedicating a corner for work and study can signal to the brain that this is the time to focus whenever you are in that workspace. If you have not already done so, allocate a proper space in the home for Junior. This space should preferably be somewhere as far away from distractions such as the TV as possible. Here are what we think may help ease your child into the new learning environment.
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Cut out distractions where possible with noise-cancelling headphones
Tip 2: A home for every item
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Plus, it makes it easy for Junior to locate his stationery and access school essentials from Stabilo, Staedtler, Faber-Castell and Zebra. There will be fewer requests from Junior in finding stationery necessities if all his supplies are clearly in sight and neatly placed.
Tip 3: Minimise learning challenges
Not having the right tools and gadgets can severely impede the learning process. Ensure Junior is well-equipped for what the school has to offer.
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Tip 5: Stay on top of the health game
Long hours in front of the computer may put a strain on Junior's eyes and brainpower. However, with the upcoming examinations, it may be time to fortify Junior's health and well-being right now.
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Tip 6: Get professional help
When it comes to parenting, we have so many valuable resources at hand for guidance. Whether joining a parent support group on Facebook or a Whatsapp chat group with your kids' parents, you get tips and tricks on your child's development and more. We can also seek out professional help with self-help books where we can learn to become better parents.