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Learning Covid

Keeping children learning during coronavirus times.

  1. Plan a routine together - Try to establish a routine that considers age-appropriate education programmes that can be followed online, on the television or on the radio. Factor in time to play and read. If your child is seeming restless and agitated, flip to a more active option. Try and stay as attuned to their needs as possible.

  2. Have open conversations - Encourage your children to express their feelings with you. Be patient to your child’s reactions to stress. Discuss good hygiene practices. Drawing, stories, and other activities may help to open a discussion. Be sure to assure them that it is natural to feel scared about these things. Make sure they understand that they can talk to you whenever they like. Warn them about fake news.

  3. Take your time - Start with shorter learning sessions and make them progressively longer. Combine online or screen time with offline activities.

  4. Protect children online - Digital platforms help children to keep learning, play games and keep in touch with friends. But increased online access pose heightened risks for children’s protection and privacy. Discuss the internet with your children so that they know what they need to be aware of. Set up parental controls on their devices Tell your children that there is no need for them to share pictures of themselves or other personal information online.

  5. Stay in touch with your children’s school - Find out how to stay in touch with your children’s teacher or school to stay informed. Parent groups can also be a good way to support each other with your homeschooling.

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