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Preparing Your Child For The Best School Year Ever

After long and repeated lockdowns, it’s fair to say that children are craving a year of “normal schooling” as much as we do. Finger crossed, the next school year, starting in September, will be finally the opportunity for kids to head back to a comforting routine.  Yet, as much as everybody is hoping for a safe way out of lockdown, we have to be realistic. With new variants appearing, it’s important to be prepared for all eventualities. Of course, we don’t want to self-isolate at home again. But if in the worst-case scenario, we have to stick to the safety of our homes while labs work on a new vaccine, families need to be ready to support their kids. Realistically, children have a tough year ahead, catching up with knowledge they’ve missed during lockdown. 

A quiet learning spot

Children need a peaceful workstation where they can focus on learning and doing their homework without being distracted. In other words, the corner of the kitchen table is not the best spot. You can approach your child’s study room in the same way you would approach a home office. Focus on a desk that will be comfortable and practical. For younger children, it can be helpful to check places such as eBay or Facebook’s Marketplace for preloved customisable furniture. Some desks can be adjusted in height, making them the ideal companion of a child. The desk can grow with your child. 

Find professional help

Whether you are planning for a future lockdown (hopefully not) or to support your child for the next year, online tutors can make a huge difference. Ultimately, there’s only so much you can do to help your child. If you are not a maths teacher, you might struggle to provide the support they need. Tutors are teachers with years of experience. They can dedicate their full attention to one child at a time during lessons, which makes it easier to catch up on complex and confusing knowledge. Additionally, suppose your child is trying to prepare for their GCSE or A-levels next year. In that case, a tutor can help cover more in-depth the lessons that happened via improvised homeschooling during lockdown. 

Don’t be afraid of external tools

Contrary to common belief, digital tools can be super effective for learning. From a green perspective, digital tools such as applications can save a tonne of paper. If you remember doing flashcards to revise your lessons, chances are your child is doing the same thing. But instead of wasting paper, you can use an app claused StudyBlue FlashCards, which lets users create their own revision aid. Another app, Exam Countdown Lite, is a favourite for university students. It’s got its place for GCSE and A-levels students, helping them stay on top of their revision plan. Fans of Red Dwarf probably remember Riemer’s infamous revision plan, which consisted of planning the plan for most of the time. This smart app would prevent that kind of issue!

New year, new opportunities. For a lot of parents, homeschooling has been a revelation. Parents have become aware of the little things they can do to support their kids outside of school. Creating a safe space to learn at home, with a study room, access to qualified tutors, and a compilation of handy apps can considerably transform their performance and school experience. 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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