Lockdown learning: Create a positive environment

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While it is not yet clear when schools will re-open, thousands of learners are working hard to stay on top of their educational journeys, while their parents are still working from home.

According to a statement by ADvTECH Schools, external pressures, combined with fear and anxiety about the future, is taking its toll on parents who are tasked with ensuring their children don’t fall behind. These, and other factors, are exacting an undeniable emotional toll in homes during this time.

Head of academics at ADvTECH Schools, John Luis, said those parents who are trying to do their best on the work front and their livelihoods, while having to oversee their children’s schoolwork, are currently facing a stressful situation.

“We urge parents who are ready to throw in the towel, to aim to regain a sense of equilibrium and a positive environment, even if it seems impossible right now,” he said.

Luis said despite the fact that public and private schools are all planning and preparing for the return to physical sites, the approach will be phased.

“Parents should aim to re-establish a productive yet calm environment during this time, and this can be achieved by creating a schedule. The mornings, before children start their work, should be used as time to connect. Read your children a book or get some fresh air. When the work starts, be realistic and don’t try to make your average 9-to-5 happen.”

He said parents should also dedicate some time to being able to assist their children and must ensure that they can focus on their child’s needs and learning, without running over their own pending work repeatedly in their minds.

“Try to banish your own concerns during this time, and give your child your full attention. It may only be half an hour, but make that half an hour count in terms of connection.”

He added that everyone should have some downtime together during the day, potentially around lunchtime. “Build up your reserves for the afternoon shift by going offline, taking a tea break or hanging up the washing.”

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