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​Home Learning Habits

We’ve asked experienced author, teacher-trainer and mum Carmel Bones for her top tips on home learning. 

Scroll down to view her 20-minute webinar on how to build good home learning habits.

  • Stay in touch with school - be guided by your child’s teachers as to what is expected, how your child’s progress will be measured and what feedback they’ll receive. Ask for help if you’re unsure.
  • Build ‘botheredness’ – it’s key that your child is ‘bothered’ about their learning. Negotiate with them to ensure they ‘buy in’ to home learning – they have to care about it.
  • Make use of jobs around the house – remember that lots of routine jobs at home can involve learning e.g. weighing ingredients, timing cakes in the oven, measuring furniture, recording meter readings. Try to include young people in these if appropriate.
  • Focus on wellbeing – build structure and routine into the day with regular breaks, fresh air and exercise, which are vital for wellbeing.
  • Create spaces for learning – you could try moving within the house to follow the sun, or for a change of scene maybe even work in the garden, put up a tent or build a den.
  • Try new online resources – there are hundreds of online sites with self-marking quizzes and video tutorials that can help where family members have gaps in their understanding.
  • Pace yourselves – be careful not to ‘blizzard’ young people with too many suggestions at once.
  • Be responsive – this is a whole new way of learning for young people, parents and carers. Listen to the young people and gauge how they are feeling, check the weather and perhaps adjust your plans accordingly; be ready to be flexible.
  • Keep the end outcome in mind – ask young people to voice and summarise their achievements with a weekly show and tell via phone or Face Time with school friends or family. This has the added benefit of keeping contact with those that may be self-isolating. Arrange both ways in advance so everyone can be ready.

Overall, make it easy, accessible, sociable and timely to optimise success and make home learning as positive and painless as possible!

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