Alex Hunter teaches at a Northland primary school and highlighted the value of maintaining a connection between school and child. Kids love getting personal feedback from their teacher so anything you can do to help facilitate and maintain connection will enhance your child’s home-learning experience.
“If your kids are missing school, remind them that teachers are most-likely missing their students, too. You could send teachers pictures of what your whānau have been doing, school work or otherwise, as teachers love to see what their students have been up to. You could also record a message from your child and send that to their teacher.”
And with a voice of calm reassurance much appreciated in this season, Alex – herself a mum of three – reiterated the importance of approaching home learning with reasonable expectations: “Try not to get overloaded by all the free trials and online learning on offer at the moment. Primary school age children should only be spending one to two hours on school work each day, maximum! Their teachers know them personally and will be aiming to meet their needs through small projects and experiential learning, not new learning at this time.”
“Teachers know parents are busy – some of us are parents too! Make the time you are able to spend with your child really count. Share your interests and skills with them. Teach them how to do things they may not do at school, like cook a simple meal, sew a little pillow or service their bike. If you are interested in something, they probably will be too!”