How to Support Your Child
Tips for helping your child at home
1. Preview a game or site before sitting down with your child.
Don't assume that a website or online game is appropriate just because its name sounds okay. Take the time ‘to have a go’ yourself, before turning the controls over to your child. If you find that a particular game doesn't quite match up with what you're looking for, just move on to the next one.
2.Talk about what your child is seeing and doing.
It's not enough to be nearby in case your child stumbles upon something objectionable, or to count on filtering software to do the job. You should be a participant, asking your child what they are doing, offering encouragement, and making it quality time.
As an adult, you will immediately grasp the goal and the challenge of a game, but your child probably won't. Resist the urge to step in and give instruction. Instead, encourage your child to explore the programme or game at their own pace. Give help if asked, but keep the emphasis on teaching your child to figure things out for themselves.
4.Let your child set the pace.
This isn't the time to worry about how quickly or slowly your child is grasping a concept. What's important is making sure that your child is engaged, asking questions, and taking the time to figure things out. The process is what matters, not the result.
5.Limit online time.
Too much screen time can cause problems for your child. A child's learning should encompass a wide variety of experiences, of which the computer is but one part. Limited time should be encouraged.
6. Create a learning space
This space doesn’t need to be large, fancy or equipped with brand new furniture. You can work with the space you have, focusing on making it conducive to learning. It should be quiet and clutter-free, with limited distractions – ideally separate from where your child plays or watches TV. The most important thing is that your child has a designated space where they can shift to “school mode” and concentrate accordingly.
7. Get organised
At Whiteheath, a learning pack will be provided, with instructions for virtual learning. Make sure you have these supplies gathered and organised in a way that your child can find them quickly when they’re needed. This will help them stay focused on the task at hand, rather than getting lost on a search for scissors or a sharpened pencil.
8. Show interest, encourage independence
Though virtual learning may come with some challenges, it also provides a great opportunity for you to support your child while helping them develop independence. Provide positive feedback when they’re doing well and constructive guidance when you see areas of opportunity.