Lockdown Level 4 – Working From Home With Your Child

With South Africa on Level-4 and parents having to take responsibility for their children’s schoolwork, we look at how parents can help their children stay on top of their learning and tasks.

Begin With Goal-Setting

Beginning with the end in mindsets your child up for success.

• Formulate a to-do list
• Include school assignments and home management issues and chores.
• Having a general family and individual list will ensure everyone contributes to keeping your home organized.
• Prioritise tasks from the most important to the least important
• Review and update your list at the end of the day or week while delegating new tasks if and when needed.

Establish A Daily Routine

Children need consistency where they can predict what is expected of them on a daily basis.

• It facilities a quick transition between one activity and another
• It sets a tone to instill self-discipline and self-motivation
• Follow the normal school timetable and roster as closely as possible to help things run smoothly during this time of uncertainty
• Include a variety of activities that target physical, emotional, and mental health activities
• Make changes and adapt the routine to the needs of your family and individual members

Formulate A Self-Discipline Plan

Aim to make your child self-disciplined, where they take charge of their own education

• Help your child to be intrinsically motivated by encouraging and praising them
• List the maximum of five realistic expectations and have them posted on a wall for constant referral
• Discuss incentives and rewards that are awarded at the end of the week as opposed to on a daily basis.
• Make it visual and fun for young children, in order for them to be motivated and inspired
• Include school and household expectations that are tangible, realistic and age-appropriate

Address The Needs Of The Whole Child

The physical, psychological, emotional, social, and cultural development will impact the academic development of a child.

• Establish a sense of community and be aware of cultural nuances, accents, and body languages
• Give clear boundaries, including what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, will set the tone for family life
• Model positive verbal and non-verbal behavior, as children mirror an adults’ mannerisms
• Celebrate diversity and complement the different learning styles and characteristics with appropriate activities
• Incorporate different pathways to learning, integrate individual talents, and challenge our children.

Create an Ideal Study Space

Have a designated area for your children to study, as it brings an academic atmosphere into your home.

• Find a peaceful, quiet area either in a communal space or a more private room
• Remove all distractions like phones and loud music while keeping other digital devices for study purposes only
• Play calm or classical music that will help concentration and not interfere with studying
• Consider lighting and temperature that will enhance comfort and focus
• Have all your supplies at hand and readily available as this will prevent unnecessary movement
• Personalise the space to fit your needs and display motivating or informational posters on the surrounding walls
• Be organized and clean up between activities and the end of each day.

Master The Basic Skills

Before venturing onto more complex concepts, it is very important that children master the required basic skills first

• Simple Mental Maths that target single-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division will help build the necessary foundations
• Once mastered, older children can move on to double-digit Mental Maths exercises, formulas, and theorems
• For language skills, concentrate on phonics and syllabication, as this will help your child read more fluently and understand what they read
• Reading aloud and to each other will help the child enunciate, use intonation, and know when to pause
• Exploring various character education traits will help children understand the importance of being honest, having integrity, and using effective communication skills
• Note-taking, study strategies, and exploring mind maps will give children more control over their studies

Develop Good Work Ethic

Instilling a good work ethic is the most important indicator of career success and future excellence

• Try to stick to your daily schedule as much as possible
• Practice punctuality and cultivate the need for self-discipline integrity and good values
• Avoid distractions like social media and checking emails, instead reserve those for designated times and during breaks
• Be task- and not time-oriented, while also managing your time wisely
• Take responsibility for your words and actions as these can have reversible consequences
• Be prepared to receive back from others and always spend time on self-reflection
• Stay balanced by getting enough sleep, exercising, relocation, and following a good diet

If you need assistance in managing your child’s education while building your own study skills, contact Laurian Ward and she can teach you the right skills.