Children learning during the quarantine? It is tricky.
As parents, the quarantine has thrown us into this unimaginable situation in which we find ourselves responsible for all our children’s learning.
Where do we begin? How do we approach this?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if the children knew themselves?
They woke up every day in the morning, made plans for their day and hit their learning goals – making tremendous progress at it?
All this without the parent’s intervention or the school trying to educate via zoom calls?
But then, that is what we have been experiencing first hand for the past three months now.
We pulled our 6yo daughter from her Montessori school when COVID was picking up, and since then, we have made a contract with her.
The contract with her is that she is master of her day. But, she has to work on her reading & math at the same time. She has no time table and has the freedom to do whatever she wants as long as she meets her goals.
She gets 30m of iPad time by default, and if she completes her goals, she gets 1h additional as a reward. Sundays are free.
Over the past three months, she has wrapped up her Grade 1 English (reading) & math curriculum and is mid-way at doing grade 2 material.
We recently tweaked her goals so that she does a little less of her Math & English – but will read 1 book/day.
Of course, these things did not happen overnight, and we had a few things that we had put in place some time ago.
We tried a bunch of things. Some worked. Some didn’t.
The max we spend daily on her entire learning is not more than 10m on average – looking over while she is reading – to correct her and help her with new words.
And maybe 5m to look at her progress — but otherwise, it is quite a hands-off thing.
The results prove that this model works — but they are not the important bit. This will be different for different children and their families.
What is important, however, is the process. And how we can get there. (Results will take care of themselves).